Civil War Songs

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Directions
You will listen to four songs popular during the Civil War. With each song you will examine a corresponding photo.

Johnny Is My Darling

Chorus:
Johnny is my darling, my darling, my darling
Johnny is my darling, the Union Volunteer.

‘Twas on a sunny morning, The brightest of the year,
When Johnny came to my town, A Union Volunteer.

(Chorus)

As he came marching up the street, The bands played loud and clear;
And everyone came out to greet The Union Volunteer.

(Chorus)
With proudly waving starry flags And hearts that knew no fear;
He came to fight for Freedom’s rights, A Union Volunteer.

(Chorus)
But though he’s gone to glory win, And I left lonely here,
He’ll soon return to me again As Cupid’s Volunteer.

Bonnie Blue Flag

We are a band of brothers, and native to the soil,
Fighting for the property we gained by honest toil;
And when our rights were threatened, the cry rose near and far:
“Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!”

Chorus:
Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag That bears a single star.

As long as the Union was faithful to her trust,
Like friends and brethren, kind were we, and just;
But now, when Northern treachery attempts our rights to mar,
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

(Chorus)

First gallant South Carolina nobly made the stand,
Then came Alabama and took her by the hand;
Next, quickly, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida,
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

(Chorus)

Ye men of valor gather round the banner of the right,
Texas and fair Louisiana join us in the fight;
Davis, our loved President, and Stephens statesmen are;
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star.

(Chorus)

 

Marching Song of the First Arkansas

Marching Song of First Arkansas

Oh, we’re the bully soldiers of the “First of Arkansas”
We are fighting for the Union, we are fighting for the law,
We can hit a Rebel further than a white man ever saw, As we go marching on.

Chorus:
Glory, glory hallelujah, Glory, glory hallelujah, Glory, glory hallelujah, As we go marching on.

We have done with hoeing cotton, we have done with hoeing corn,
We are colored Yankee soldiers, now, as sure as you are born;
When the masters hear us yelling, they’ll think it’s Gabriel’s horn,
As we go marching on.

(Chorus)

Then fall in, colored brethren, you’d better do it soon,
Don’t you hear the drum a-beating the Yankee doodle tune?
We are with you now this morning, we’ll be far away at noon,
As we go marching on.

(Chorus)

 

Tenting Tonight

Tenting Tonight

Chorus
We’re tenting tonight on the old camp ground,
Give us a song to cheer
Our weary hearts, a song of home
And friends we love so dear

We’ve been tenting tonight on the old camp ground,
Thinking of days gone by,
Of the loved ones at home that gave us the hand,
And the tear that said, “Goodbye!”

(Chorus)

Many are the hearts that are weary tonight,
Wishing for the war to cease;
Many are the hearts that are looking for the right
To see the dawn of peace.

Tenting tonight, tenting tonight,
Tenting on the old camp ground,
Tenting tonight, tenting tonight,
Tenting on the old camp ground.

We’ve been fighting tonight on the old camp ground,
Many are lying near;
Some are dead and some are dying,
Many are in tears.
We are tired of war on the old camp ground,
Many are dead and gone,
Of the brave and the true who’ve left their homes,
Others been wounded long.

(Chorus)