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Template:Infobox Standard "Aura Lee" (also known as "Aura Lea") is an American Civil War song about a maiden. It was written by W. W. Fosdick (words) and George R. Poulton (music).

The Elvis Presley song "Love Me Tender" (lyric by Ken Darby) is a derivative adaptation of this song. A later Presley recording for the film The Trouble with Girls entitled "Violet (Flower of N.Y.U.)" also used the melody of "Aura Lee".

There is also a version of "Aura Lee" called "Army Blue" associated with the U.S. Military Academy. The tune is sung to lyrics specific to the academy; the original lyrics to that version were by George T. Olmstead, an 1865 graduate of the academy. It is the running theme music in the background of the 1954 John Ford film The Long Gray Line.

Aura Lee was memorably sung by Frances Farmer and a male chorus in the 1936 film Come and Get It, based on Edna Ferber's novel.

The television comedy F Troop used a variation of the song to welcome saloon singer Laura Lee in the episode "She's Only a Build in a Girdled Cage".

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Lyrics[]

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Cover of Confederate version (1864)

The lyrics as written by Fosdick:

When the blackbird in the Spring,
'Neath the willow tree,
Sat and rock'd, I heard him sing,
Singing Aura Lea.
Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Maid with golden hair;
Sunshine came along with thee,
And swallows in the air.
Chorus:
Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Maid with golden hair;
Sunshine came along with thee,
And swallows in the air.
In thy blush the rose was born,
Music, when you spake,
Through thine azure eye the morn,
Sparkling seemed to break.
Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Birds of crimson wing,
Never song have sung to me,
As in that sweet spring.
(Chorus)
Aura Lea! the bird may flee,
The willow's golden hair
Swing through winter fitfully,
On the stormy air.
Yet if thy blue eyes I see,
Gloom will soon depart;
For to me, sweet Aura Lea
Is sunshine through the heart.
(Chorus)
When the mistletoe was green,
Midst the winter's snows,
Sunshine in thy face was seen,
Kissing lips of rose.
Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Take my golden ring;
Love and light return with thee,
And swallows with the spring.
(Chorus)

Allan Sherman topicalized the song with this polio-based version:

Every time you take vaccine, take it Aura Lee (pun on "orally")
As you know the other way is more painfully!"


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