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Sweet Evelina




Words & Music: Traditional

Arr: Merv Rowley


            Sweet Evelina was first published in New York City in 1863 by the firm of  Horace Waters, 481 Broadway. It was in the form of a piano arrangement by a Mrs. Parkhurst, and identified the lyricist as “M.” and the composer as “T.” A cover notation stated that the music was printed, “As sung by all the minstrel bands”. This indicates an origin that may have been as early as the 1830’s.


            This tune can be classified as a charming, sentimental ballad of a lost love, amongst the beauty of the early American frontier. To a soldier away from home, Evelina could easily be the “girl left behind”. At any rate, the music chanced to become popular with the Confederate  troops during the Civil War (and a favorite of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.) In fact, following the Confederate victory at Bull Run (Manassas, VA) a parody was written to the music of Evelina, entitled, The Retreat of the Grand Army from Bull Run. The lyrics appear in  the historical link below.


            America forgot this song for some 60 years following the Civil War, however it regained popularity again in the 1920’s, and has since been recorded many times as a part of America’s heritage of folk music.


            We present this D-F#-A arrangement in the key of A for ease of playing, for your enjoyment.  This one reminds me of Pretty Saro, but much happier… maybe The Yellow Rose of Texas?




  Music files for download:   


PDF file - Sweet_Evelina.pdf       

TablEdit file - Sweet Evelina.tef  

MIDI file - Sweet Evelina.mid      


Historical Links:


Parody: The Retreat of the Grand Army from Bull Run

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