The doctor said, shan't make it through the night
Frail old woman, asleep in fading light
I tiptoed in and stood beside her bed
And as she woke, I heard her as she said,
Did you read the letter, Johnny sent to me?
It's right there on the table, take a look and see
Johnny is my only child, he's gone away to war
Last night I got his letter, and now I'm sad no more
Johnny says he loves me, a hero he's become
He says the war is over, and soon to home he'll come
Will you be so kind sir, and read as nurse has done
For my eyesight fails me, the letter from my son
As I reach for letter, I see her fade away
At peace with her creator, I slowly go my way
In hand I held her letter, from president it read
We regretfully inform you ma'am, that John, your son is dead....