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nancyjo Lyr Req: Johnny Reb (8) Lyr Add: JOHNNY REB, THAT'S ME (from Eddy Arnold) 15 Sep 03

Kathy - the song you are looking for is called JOHNNY REB, THAT'S ME, written by Willis S. Graham. Eddy Arnold recorded it on his 1959 album THEREBY HANGS A TALE. This album as been re-issued on a Bear Family CD as a double album along with CATTLE CALL. It is a very haunting rendition. Here are the lyrics, as Eddy Arnold sings them --


Just a lonely soldier lad
Johnny Reb, that's me
Far away from all that's home
O Dear God, hear my plea

Hiding in the valley there
Yankee soldiers wait
When the battle starts at dawn
I know I'll meet my fate

Oh Johnny Reb
Oh Johnny Reb
A soldier man can't cry
Don't le me be a coward, Lord
I'm not afraid to die

My life's 16 years of age
Sweet as honeycomb
When the fighting's over, Lord
Take Johnny Reb back home.

When the fighting's over, Lord
Take Johnny Reb back home.


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