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Lighter Lyr Add: Rebel Soldier (cf. Old Paint) (25) RE: Lyr Add: Rebel Soldier (cf. Old Paint) 05 Aug 21


The Gaffney [S.C.] Ledger (Aug. 27, 1909), p. 2:

"Mrs. H. M. Penn, of Rome, Ga., ... has sent us 'The Rebel Soldier'....

One morning, one morning, one morning in May,
I heard a rebel soldier lamenting and say,
I heard a rebel soldier lamenting and mourn,
'I am a rebel soldier, and far from my home.'

Adieu to South Carolina; I can no longer stay,
War times and offenses have driven me away.
War times and offenses have caused me to mourn,
I am a rebel soldier, and far from my home."

I eat when I'm hungry, I drink when I'm dry;
If the Yankees don't kill me, I'll live until I die;
If Mollie don't forsake me and cause me to mourn,
She shall have a rebel husband, if ever I get home.

I'll build me a cottage on some green mountain high,
That I may see Mollie as she is passing by,
That I may see Mollie to help me to mourn,
I am a rebel soldier and far from my home.

Oh, isn't it a pity for a young man as I,
To leave his native country to pine away and die,
To leave his native country to pine away and morn [sic]?
I am a rebel soldier, and far from my home.

Oh! Mollie, Oh! Mollie, 'tis for your sake I roam;
There's none in this wide world I love as I do you.
There's no other in this wide world can cause me to mourn,
I am a rebel soldier and far from my home."


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