Music of World War One
Sara Teglia Period 9
During World War One, there was something called the Music Hall. The Music Hall was a combination of many popular songs, comedy acts, and a lot of different kinds of special entertainment. People would useually go to a theater and listen or watch these many acts and there would be around three thousand people each time. In Music Halls, songs like "We Don't Want to Loose You, But We Think You Ought to Go" and "Kitcheners' Boys" were sung to encourage more people to go to war and fight for our country. But, after a few months of war, in 1915, and more deaths, they stopped singing these songs.
Two of the more common songs listened to at the Music Hall were, "I'll Make a Man of You" and "Your King and Your Country Want You." They sang many other songs, and performed many other acts, but they rarely performed anti-war songs. The Music Hall managers were against that because they were afraid they would get in trouble and loose their licenses.
Eventually, people wanted to be able to sing and listen to anti-war songs. So in 1916 some people started a movement called the anti-war movement. They still were never able to play anti-war songs in Music Halls, so when the amount people with the anti-war movement started to increase, they started singing these songs at anti-war meetings. One of the most popular songs that was sung at these meetings was, "I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier."