Marvin Lurie

Blood and Music (2017)

“Two thousand songs were published
In the first year of the Civil War.
Some of the tunes enlisted
In both the South and the North.”

In the first year of the Civil War
Mother I’m Coming Home to Die was sung
By both the South and the North
And Dixie was first a Northern song.

Mother I’m Coming Home to Die,
We Shall Meet But We Shall Miss Him,
And Dixie that was first a Northern song
Were sung in music halls and homes.

We Shall Meet But We Shall Miss Them
They answered the Battle Cry of Freedom
Sung in music halls and homes
And spilled their blood for the Union.

They answered the Battle Cry of Freedom
And died for the Bonnie Blue Flag
Or spilled their blood for the Union
As they marched to the Federal Eagle.

They died for the Bonnie Blue Flag
Or sang "We Are Coming Father Abraham 100,000 Strong"
As they marched to the Federal Eagle
Dying to undo that great wrong.

We Are Coming Father Abraham 100,000 Strong.
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp the Boys Are Marching
Dying to undo that great wrong.
Johnny wouldn’t be coming home again.

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp The Boys Were Marching
To all of the songs that were published.
But Johnny wouldn’t be coming home again
‚ÄčTo any to any of those tunes.

 

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