AMERICAN MARCHING SONGS SECTION

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Lyrics - ARMY OF THE FREE...
1.) In the army of the Union,
we are marching in the van,
And will do the work before us,
if the bravest soldiers can;
We will drive the Rebel forces
from their strongholds to the sea,
And will live and die together
in the Army of the Free.
Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
We will live and die together
in the Army of the Free.
2.) We may rust beneath inaction,
we may sink beneath disease
The summer sun may scorch us
or the winter's blast may freeze,
But whatever may befall us,
we will let the Rebels see,
The unconquered we shall remain
the Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
Unconquered we shall remain
The Army of the Free.
3.) We are the best division of
a half a million souls,
And only resting on our arms
till the war cry onward rolls;
When our gallant General Porter calls,
why ready we shall be,
To follow him forever
with the Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
We will follow him forever
With the Army of the Free.
4.) We have Butterfield the daring
and we've Martindale the cool,
Where could we learn the art of war
within a better school,
Add Morel to the list of names,
and we must all agree,
We have the finest Generals
in the Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
We have the finest Generals
In the Army of the Free.
5.) Though we live in winter quarters now,
we're waiting but the hour,
When Porter's brave division
shall go forth in all its power,
And when on the field of battle,
fighting we shall be,
We'll show that we cannot disgrace
the Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
We'll show that we cannot disgrace
The Army of the Free,
6.) Then hurrah for our division,
may it soon be called to go,
To add its strength to those who have
advanced to meet the foe;
God bless it, for we know right well,
wherever it may be,
'Twill never fail to honor our great
Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
The Army of the Free,
'Twill never fail to honor our great
Army of the Free.
 

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Lyrics - ROSE OF ALABAMY...

1.) Away from Mississippi's vale,
With my ol' hat there for a sail,
I crossed upon a cotton bale,
To Rose of Alabamy.

2.) I landed on the far sand bank,
I sat upon the hollow plank,
And there I made the banjo twank,
For Rose of Alabamy.

3.) Oh, arter d'rectly bye and bye,
The moon rose white as Rosie's eye,
Den like a young coon out so sly,
Stole Rose of Alabamy.

4.) I said sit down just where you please.
Upon my lap she took her ease.
"It's good to go upon the knees,"
Said Rose of Alabamy.

5.) The river rose; the cricket sang,
The lightnin' bug did flash his wing,
Den like a rope my arms I fling,
'Round Rose of Alabamy.

6.) We hugged how long I cannot tell.
My Rosie seemed to like it well.
My banjo in the river fell.
Oh Rose of Alabamy.

7.) Like alligator after prey,
I jump in but it float away,
And all the while it seem to say,
"Oh Rose of Alabamy."

8.) Now every night come rain or shower,
I hunt that banjo for an hour;
And see my sweet tobacco flower,
Oh Rose of Alabamy.

9.) Oh fare thee well you belles of Spain,
And fare thee well to Liza Jane,
Your charms will all be put to shame,
By Rose of Alabamy

Refrain:
Oh brown Rosie, Rose of Alabamy.
A sweet tobacco posey Is my Rose of Alabamy.
A sweet tobacco posey Is my Rose of Alabamy.


ROSE OF ALABAMA
 

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Lyrics - THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS...
Traditional / Folk, c1836-1858
Became popular during the U.S. Civil War, especially among cavalrymen.

1.) "There's a yellow rose in Texas, I'm going there to see,
No other Feller knows her, Nobody known to me.
She cried so when I left her, It's like to broke my heart,
And if we ever meet again, We'd never walk apart.

2.) When the Rio Grande is flowing, The stars are shining bright,
She walked along the river, On a quiet summer night:
She said if you'll remember, We parted long ago,
I promised to come back again, And not to leave her so.

3.) Now I'm going back to find her, My heart is full of woe,
We'll sing the songs together, We sang so long ago
I'll play my bango gaily, And sing the songs of yore,
the Yellow Rose of Texas, will be mine forevermore.

Refrain:
|:She's the sweetest little rosebud, That Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, They sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, And sing of Rosalee,
But the Yellow Rose of Texas, Is the only gal for me.:|
 

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Lyrics - IT´S TIME FOR EVERY BOY TO BE A SOLDIER...

1.) Most ev’ry fellow has a sweetheart
Some little girl with eyes of blue
My daddy also had a sweetheart
And he fought to win her too
There'll come a day when we must pay the price of love and duty
Be there staunch and true

2.) Boys of America get ready
Your motherland is calling you
Boys of America be steady
For the Old Red White and Blue
When Yankee Doodle comes to town up on his little pony
Be there staunch and true

Refrain:
It’s time for ev’ry boy to be a soldier
To put his strength and courage to the test
It's time to place a musket on his shoulder
And wrap the Stars and Stripes around his breast
It’s time to shout those noble words of Lincoln
And stand up for the land that gave you birth
“That the nation of the people by the people for the people
Shall not perish from the earth”
 

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Lyrics - THE DREADFUL ENGAGEMENT...

1.) You Irishmen and women too, draw near, both young and old
A dolefull lamentation now to you I will unfold
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

2.) One hundred gallant Irishmen, we are left for to deplore
Whose bodies fell victim upon fair Columbia’s shore
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

3.) It was at thesiege of New Orleans, upon theninth of May
Our Countrymen they suffered so upon that fatal day
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

4.) They were engaged by five to one when charged on with thesteel
But Erin’s sons did loudly cry we’ll die before we kneel
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

5.) They were repulsed they could not stand exertion proved in vain
They strove to break the enemy’s force, and drive them from the plain
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

6.) But alas their number it was too small and it gave them no fair play
Not one of them did near escape upon that fatal day
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

7.) To see thestreets that evening each heart would rend with pain
The human blood in rivers ran that can it flood a stream
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

8.) Men’s heads blown off their bodies most dismal for to see
And wounded men did loudly cry with pain and agony
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

9.) Thefederals they did then advanced and broken through thetown
They trampled dead and wounded men that lay upon the ground
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

10.) Thewounded called for mercy but none they did receive
They numbered them among the dead and threw them in the grave
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

11.) Three hundred killed and wounded that lay in their grave
One half of them were irish men far from their native shore
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

12.) Poor orphans now they may weep and cry and parents through theday
They let their lovely children go on to Americay
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

13.) For ye that hear those doleful lines do not neglect to toil
An they everfore enlighten good On St Patricks Isle
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

14.) And a drink upon our countrymen who left their native shore
Their friends may mourn for their loss they’ll never seem them more
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

15.) Now to conclude with these few lines, with grief I’ll say no more
You know it was through poverty they left their native shore
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh

16.) They had no one to heal their wounds may angels them surround
Before the throne of heaven may they wear a brilliant crown
With me too-rai-ah, m’faddle-deedle-da, too-rai-ar-rai-faddle-eedle-da, too-nai-doh
 

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Lyrics - JINE THE CAVALRY...

1.) CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Went around McClellian, went around McClellian!
We're the boys who went around McClellian,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Crossed the Potomicum, crossed the Potomicum!
We're the boys who crossed the Potomicum,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Into Pennsylvania, into Pennsylvania!
Then we went into Pennsylvania,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Hand around the breadium, hand around the breadium!
The big fat Dutch gals hand around the breadium,
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Come out of The Wilderness, come out of The Wilderness?
Ol' Joe Hooker, won't you come out of The Wilderness?
Bully boys, hey! Bully boys, ho!

CHORUS:
If you want to have a good time, jine the cavalry!
Jine the cavalry! Jine the cavalry!
If you want to catch the Devil, if you want to have fun,
If you want to smell Hell, jine the cavalry!
 

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Lyrics - THE YEAR OF JUBILO... / KINGDOM COMING...

1.) Say, darkies, hab you seen de massa, wid de muffstash on his face,
Go long de road some time dis mornin', like he gwine to leab de place?
He seen a smoke way up de ribber, whar de Linkum gunboats lay;
He took his hat, and lef' berry sudden, and I spec' he's run away!

2.) He six foot one way, two foot tudder, and he weigh tree hundred pound,
His coat so big, he couldn't pay the tailor, an' it won't go halfway round.
He drill so much dey call him Cap'n, an' he got so drefful tanned,
I spec' he try an' fool dem Yankees for to tink he's contraband.

3.) De darkeys feel so lonesome libbing in de loghouse on de lawn,
Dey move dar tings into massa's parlor for to keep it while he's gone.
Dar's wine an' cider in de kitchen, an' de darkeys dey'll have some;
I s'pose dey'll all be cornfiscated when de Linkum sojers come.

4.) De obserseer he make us trouble, an' he dribe us round a spell;
We lock him up in de smokehouse cellar, wid de key trown in de well.
De whip is lost, de han'cuff broken, but de massa'll hab his pay;
He's ole enough, big enough, ought to known better dan to went an' run away.

Refrain:
De massa run, ha, ha! De darkey stay, ho, ho!
It mus' be now de kingdom coming, an' de year ob Jubilo!
 

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Lyrics - THE BOYS THAT WORE THE GREEN...

1.) On the twenty-first of July, beneath the burning sun.
McDowell met the Southern troops in battle, at Bull Run;
Above the Union vanguard, was proudly dancing seen,
Beside the starry banner, old Erin's flag of green.

2.) Colonel Corcoran led the Sixty-ninth on that eventful day,
I wish the Prince of Wales were there to see him in the fray;
His charge upon the batteries was a most glorious scene,
With gallant New York firemen, and the boys that wore the green.

3.) In the hottest of the fire there rode along the line
A captain of a Zouave band, crying, "Now, boys, is your time;"
Ah! who is he so proudly rides, with bold and dauntless mien?
'Tis Thomas Francis Meagher, of Erin's isle of green!

4.) The colors of the Sixty-ninth, I say it without shame,
Were taken in the struggle to swell the victor's fame;
But Farnham's dashing Zouaves, that run with the machine,
Retook them in a moment, with the boys that wore the green!

5.) Being overpowered by numbers, our troops were forced to flee,
The Southern black horse cavalry on them charged furiously;
But in that hour of peril, the flying mass to screen,
Stood the gallant New York firemen, with the boys that wore the green.

6.) Oh, the boys of the Sixty-ninth, they are a gallant band,
Bolder never drew a sword for their adopted land;
Amongst the fallen heroes, a braver had not been,
Than you lamented Haggerty, of Erin's isle of green.

7.) Farewell, my gallant countrymen, who fell that fatal day,
Farewell, ye noble firemen, now mouldering in the clay;
Whilst blooms the leafy shamrock, whilst runs the old machine,
Your deeds will live bold Red Shirts, and Boys that Wore the Green!
 
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