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I’ll Be a Soldier
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(published by John J. Daly, N.Y., 1861)
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1.
I’ll be a soldier and march to the drum,
And lie in my tend when the night shadows come;
I’ll be a soldier with knapsack and gun,
And stand to my post ’till the din of battle’s done.
Chorus:
Farewell! My own lov’d Jenny dear,
Still will I dream of thee wherever I may stray;
Farewell! Before the coming year,
I’ll be a soldier far, far away.
2.
I’ll be a soldier and join in the fray,
With black shining belt and a jacket of gray;
I’ll face up the battle as bold as a hawk
As gray as a lark and as steady as a rock.
Chorus:
3.
I’ll be a soldier, “my country’s” the cry,
I’ll fly to defend her and conquer or die;
The land of my childhood my love and my tears;
The land of my birth and my early sunny years.
Chorus:
4.
I’ll be a soldier, and when we have won,
I’ll come back to thee with my knapsack and gun,
I’ll come with a true heart and kiss off each tear,
And linger beside thee forever Jenny dear.
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