Search function, good. This is an old thread which could use some recycling.
On my roadtrip to Perryville, I got a box set of Charlie Poole cd's which includes Goodbye, Liza Jane. It's a different song than the Lil' Liza Jane mentioned in this thread, but my looking at the lyrics for the Charlie Poole song today reminded me how I saw and heard one of the CS battalions at Perryville singing Lil' Liza Jane while marching to one of the battles. I hadn't heard Lil' Liza Jane at an event in a while so I made a mental note to look again for the song. I was pretty sure it was postbellum, but I wanted to give a fresh look.
One of the places I looked was the search function here, but that wasn't the first place I looked. I saw the 1916 version in the Levy Collection, but didn't see anything before that there. I went to the Library of Congress site and didn't find Lil' Liza Jane at all. I did find a fun recording of the song from 1917. Link : http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recording.../autoplay/true
This is a link to three pages of sheet music for Lil' Liza Jane as written in 1916 : http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/le...6.235;type=pdf The cover to this songsheet shows three doughboys. One has a harmonica, another has a ukelele, the last has a banjo.
There's no question that this song is very post war, yet it still gets sung. What gives?
Since I mentioned the Charlie Poole recording of a similarly named song, I'm including a link to the other Liza Jane, which has a publication date of 1871. Close, but no cigar. If you haven't listened to Charlie Poole, you're missing out. Link to Charlie Poole's version of Goodbye Liza Jane : http://youtu.be/x4703-wERdY