[Sheet music] Some Hearts Will be Joyful

Accession Number RC11096
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 611
Collection type Published Collection
Measurement Overall: 35 cm x 26 cm
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Rule, Herbert
Date made c 1914
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Recording provided for personal, non-commercial and commemorative use. Permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use. Attached digital images provided for personal non-commercial use

Sheet music for the song, 'Some hearts will be joyful'. The music and lyrics for this song were written by the London based composer, Herbert Rule. This song was written about 1913 and quickly became popular in Australia at the beginning of the First World War. It was frequently sung during the embarkation of troopships in the process of leaving for overseas.

This copy of the music features a red cover with the depiction of a soldier in uniform beneath a banner in cream incorporating the title of the song in black font. An excerpt from the powerful lyrics are also printed in the same box as the title, 'When the drums are thundering, Each Mother's wondering if her boy's there'. The song was made famous in Australia by Mr Marshall Palmer and was recorded on Regal Records as recording number 6882. This copy of the music was published by Dinsdales Pty Ltd and sold for 2/-. The song was described by the publishers, evident at the top of the front cover, as 'The greatest descriptive pathetic soldier song of the century.' The back cover of this copy shows the Dinsdales' music catalogue, list A, that includes ballads; sea songs; sacred songs; ragtime and popular songs; piano solos; and patriotic, sentimental and humourous songs relating to the war. This song, 'Some hearts will be joyful', is listed in the category of 'patriotic, sentimental and humourous songs relating the war.'

Herbert Rule also composed the songs titled 'I want me lonely mansion', 'Don't forget the ship that carried you over', 'Wolloomooloo' and 'I want to be with you'.

Towards the bottom of this page is a sound recording of this sheet music, or a parody, that was created as part of the Music and the First World War project. More information about this recording, including names of the performers, can be found on the catalogue record for the sound recording. A link to the catalogue record for the sound recording can be found at the bottom of this page, under the heading ‘Related objects’ where it can be identified with the prefix [sound recording].

History / Summary

The first noted performance of this song in Australia was by Master George Gilbert who was encored for his performance to raise funds for St Vincent’s De Paul at the Athenaeum in East Ballarat on Wednesday 21 May 1913. The song received numerous mentions during 1913 revealing its popularity in Australia where it was also performed with great success by Miss Maggie Moore.

This song received its first mention in Australia during the First World War in an advertisement for the Tivoli Theatre. The advertisement was for a performance by the British singer, Miss Florence Smithson, who was visiting Australia at the time and it was listed as one of the songs that she would be performing. The same advertisement mentioned that it was available as a recording on Edison records. The advertisement gave the following description of the song, ‘A soldier song with a story that appeals to all. Simple in its treatment, magnificent in its enthralling story, imprinting in its military fervour and glorious refrain, this song stands absolutely alone.’ Miss Maggie Moore also continued to perform this song during the First World War including in the show ‘Judy O’Trott’ at the Tivoli Theatre, Adelaide, on Saturday 21 October 1916, where she was reported in The Mail (Adelaide), to sing the ‘interpolated patriotic song’ with ‘a spirit that sent every word home.’

This song was also very popular at fundraising events in Australia during the First World War. The first performance of this song at a patriotic concert was reported in the Woomelang Sun and Lascelles and Ouyen Advocate on Friday 11 September 1914. It was performed by Mr. Boarder at a concert held for the Red Cross Society. Miss Kerr also performed this song at a patriotic concert held at Havelock, Victoria, which raised 9 pounds and 10 shillings for the district patriotic state school fund with students deciding to abandon their annual picnic on account of the war and the drought. The song was also performed at a patriotic concert held at the Ten Mile Creek state school on 13 November 1914 by Mr. F Heal. The annual school picnic and sports day was not held for two years at Glengarry, Victoria but it was held on 24 May 1918 to raise money for patriotic funds. The event raised 7 pounds and during the musical program, ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ was performed as a duet by Miss Ethel Hill and Miss Sadie Norton.

The popularity of the song continued into 1915 where it was particularly noted for mentions at fundraising concerts for the Belgian Relief Fund. The first concert to support the Belgians featuring this song held on 5 April 1915 at Mortlake, Victoria. The event raised 24 pounds and Mr. R McDonald received an encore for his performance of this song. A further 8 pounds was raised for the Belgian Fund at Hazlewood, Victoria on 7 April 1915 when it was performed at a concert by Mr. E Maxwell. Similarly, a concert was given for Belgian Relief Fund at Warracknabeal, Victoria, on 6 May 1915 where it was performed by Thelma Quint. A company of local amateur entertainers called the Scarlet Sozzledingbats, also performed at a concert specially for the Belgian Relief Fund at Lameroo, South Australia on 14 May 1915. The song was performed by Miss Miller who was described by the Pinnaroo Country News as ‘the possessor of a mellifluent light soprano’. This song also featured during a concert held at Watchem, Victoria, during the evening of New Year’s Day which resulted in 30 pounds being collected for the Belgian Relief Fund. The song was performed by Miss Pomeroy, who also performed ‘Sing us a song of Australia’ and was encored on both occasions.
‘Some hearts will be joyful’ was also a very popular song at fundraising events for local branches of the Red Cross in Australia. Miss Alice Elliott was encored for her performance of the song at a concert held for the Ballan Red Cross Society on 22 January 1915. ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ was performed by Miss Ivy Knight at a concert organised to raise money for the Avonmore branch of the Red Cross on Friday 7 May 1916. The Lithgow Amateur Vaudeville Co performed to raise funds for the Red Cross at Lithgow on 9 May 1916 where Miss Ruby Lothian performed the song with her performance of the song reported as ‘a capital item’.
The song was known to soldiers and was performed at various events attended by Australian service personnel overseas, and also within Australia, during the First World War. One of these was a performance by the 13th Battalion Band with the bandmaster, Percy Copp, writing in 1940 that this song 'fitted in nicely at brigade sports or competitions.' During Empire Day celebrations at Maldon, Victoria, on 24 May 1917, this song featured in a camp scene of singing soldiers during a concert held at the Temperance Hall. The performance of this song was provided by Private Berryman with a total of six soldiers performing in this scene and collaborating as a chorus to sing the song ‘Australia will be there’. Private W Lansdowne was the soloist who performed this song with Donaldson’s Recruiting Choir and the Mitcham Camp Band, at a recruitment rally in Rundle Street, Adelaide, on 10 June 1918.
This song was also popular at farewell for local residents from towns across Australia who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. One of the first of these concerts featuring 'Some hearts will be joyful' was held at Mortlake, Victoria on 26 April 1915. The men farewelled at this event were Herbert and William Slater who both served with the 13th Light Horse Regiment and Kenneth Toleman who served with the 14th and 46th Infantry Battalions. Herbert Slater was reported to be a member of the church choir in the article describing the event where Mr. P Holloway performed 'Some hearts will be joyful'. At Frankston, Victoria, on 29 April 1915, a farewell was held for nineteen locals but only three were able to attend due to leave arrangements. During the evening, Master W McComb performed this song. Lance Corporal James McDonald was farewelled at Gre Gre, Victoria with a concert where ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ was reported as sung with feeling by Miss Elsie Clarke on 25 October 1915. On 5 February 1916, a social evening was held at Mirboo, Victoria in honour of 37 local men who had volunteered to enlist with the AIF. The evening doubled as a fundraising event for the Mirboo branch of the Red Cross Society and Miss L Pickering performed ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ during the event. The Streaky Bay “cheer-up” ladies organised a farewell reception for eight locals who had enlisted in the AIF that was held Monday 3 April 1916. These men were O M Willcock, A T Barns, E J Opie, John S Anderson, W C Bennie, J L Anderson, P Baker and J Mayfield. Private Coxon, from Petina, who had been wounded, was welcomed home at the same event. Milly Campbell performed ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ during the evening. The song was also played by the Bendigo Camp Band as a train ‘steamed out of the station’ to take 140 men from Bendigo to Broadmeadows at 11.50am on Friday 28 April 1916. The men were part of the 18th reinforcements for the 6th Battalion.
This song was also popular at welcome home events for service personnel after they had returned from the war, particularly in their hometowns. The first volunteers from Kerang were welcomed home in early January 1916 with a reception at the Mechanics Hall, Kerang. The returned service personnel, who were badly wounded in the Gallipoli campaign, were Trooper D Raven, 4th light Horse, and Driver Hollingsworth who served with the artillery. Mr. G Simmonds performed the song, ‘Some Hearts will be joyful’ and was accompanied by Mrs. H G McFarlane. In Brisbane, shortly before 4pm on 20 September 1916, a train conveying approximately 55 returned soldiers and three staff nurses returning from Egypt arrived at Central Railway Station. A regimental band played ‘See the conquering hero here comes’ and ‘Home sweet home’. The returned service personnel were then transferred to the Kangaroo Point Military Hospital with the regimental band playing ‘Some heart will be joyful’ enroute. The song was reported as the ‘very appropriate air’ for the occasion.
This was also a popular song played during events culminating in the opening of town halls, unveiling of honour rolls and memorial services during and after the First World War. The song was performed by ‘Little Miss Dunn’ during the opening of the new public hall and unveiling of an honour roll for local service personnel who had enlisted during the First World War at Moyston, Victoria on Tuesday 1 August 1916. In the town of Timboon, Victoria, a sum of 20 pounds was raised for the honour board that was unveiled on Friday 9 March 1917. During the evening, the song ‘Some hearts will be joyful was performed by Mrs. Mansfield. In Rockhampton, Queensland, the song was performed during a social event commemorating the first anniversary of the opening of the Soldiers’ Rest and Recreation Rooms on Wednesday 14 March 1917. The song was performed by Mr. B Goodson. A memorial service was held at the Cobden Public Hall, Victoria on 17 September 1917 in honour of the local men who had died during the First World War. The song was played by the Sportsmen’s Thousand Band before the service began. At Lithgow, the local children participated in a concert at the Trades Hall on 13 December 1917 to raise money for the lettering to be featured on the proposed monument for Lithgow soldiers who had fallen during the First World War. The song was performed during the evening event by the children’s choir.
This song was also popular at events marking the end of the First World War. At Hay, New South Wales, news of the Armistice was received at 9.45pm on 11 November 1918 and resulted in a two day holiday. An official celebration was organised for noon on the following day at a vacant block of land opposite the Hay Athenaeum. The speakers and singers during the following concert performed from platforms on one of three lorries. The third song to be performed was ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ and this was provided by Mr Coughlan. At Zeehan, Tasmania on 19 July 1919, Peace Day was celebrated despite the inclement weather and part of the celebrations included a procession up the town’s main street. The Zeehan Military Band was in attendance and performed ‘Some hearts will be joyful’ together with 8 other pieces during the march.