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Lighter Lyr Req: Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel (28) RE: Lyr Req: Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel 19 Mar 21

Hi, Carter. I concur that those are contemporary lyrics.

First of all, nobody would be likely to go off to join Robert E. Lee as soon as he heard about Secession in (North) Carolina in April, 1861. Lee at that time was not yet well known, would not lead troops in combat until September, and in fact was Georgia most of the time before June, 1862.

After the battle of Bull Run (where Lee was not present), the singer finds himself in Pennsylvania two years later. Quite a time gap.

Next, the singer somehow knows that Lee is going to surrender at Appomattox.

Finally, the last line is based on Patton's speech in the 1970 movie, "[When] your grandson...asks, 'What did you do in the great World War Two?' You won't have to say, 'Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana.'"

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