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Lyr Add: Songs of the Civil War

John in Brisbane 15 Dec 98 - 02:27 AM
John in Brisbane 15 Dec 98 - 02:49 AM
Dale Rose 15 Dec 98 - 11:14 AM
Gene 15 Dec 98 - 01:02 PM
dick greenhaus 15 Dec 98 - 05:51 PM
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From: John in Brisbane
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 02:27 AM

I found these at the following site:

While not exactly my genre I note there are a number of complete songs that would not appear to be in the DT. They seem to have Midis with them, but I did not persist in trying to track them down. I was attracted to the couple of sets of lyrics provided below


Hard Tack, Come Again No More

Hard tack, come again no more

Let us close our game of poker, take our tin cups in our hand
As we all stand by the cook's tent door
As dried monies of hard crackers are handed to each man.
O, hard tack, come again no more!

CHORUS: 'Tis the song, the sigh of the hungry:
"Hard tack, hard tack, come again no more."
Many days you have lingered upon our stomachs sore.
O, hard tack, come again no more!

'Tis a hungry, thirsty soldier who wears his life away
In torn clothes--his better days are o'er.
And he's sighing now for whiskey in a voice as dry as hay,
"O, hard tack, come again no more!"--CHORUS

'Tis the wail that is heard in camp both night and day,
'Tis the murmur that's mingled with each snore.
'Tis the sighing of the soul for spring chickens far away,
"O, hard tack, come again no more!"--CHORUS

But to all these cries and murmurs, there comes a sudden hush
As frail forms are fainting by the door,
For they feed us now on horse feed that the cooks call mush!
O, hard tack, come again once more!

FINAL CHORUS: 'Tis the dying wail of the starving:
"O, hard tack, hard tack, come again once more!"
You were old and very wormy, but we pass your failings o'er.
O, hard tack, come again once more!

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From: John in Brisbane
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 02:49 AM


By Harry Macarthy (d. 1874)

I leave my home and thee, dear,
With sorrow in my heart,
It is my contry's call, dear,
To aid her I depart;
And on the blood-red battle plain
We'll conquer or we'll die,
T'is for our honor and our name,
We raise the battle cry.

CHORUS: Then weep not, dearest, weep not,
If in her cause I fall,
O, weep not dearest, weep not,
It is my country's call.

And yet my heart is sore, love,
To see thee weeping thus;
But mark me, there's no fear, love,
For in Heaven is our trust.
And if the heavy, drooping tear
Swells in my mournful eye,
It is that Northmen of our land
Should cause the battle cry.


Our rights have been usurped, dear,
By Northmen of our land,
Fanatics raised the cry, dear,
Politicians fired the brand.
The Southrons spurn the galling yoke,
The tyrant;s threats defy.
They find we've sons like sturdy oak
To raise the battle cry.


I knew you'd let me go, pet,
I saw it in that tear,
To join the gallant men, pet,
Who never yet knew fear.
With Beauregard and Davis,
We'll gain our cause or die,
Win battles like Manassas
And raise our battle cry.


Harry Macarthy was an English-born vaudeville entertainer who emigrated to the United States and settled in Arkansas. Billing himself the "Arkansas Comedian," he traveled widely throughout the South in company with his wife, putting on "personation concerts." These performances featured Macarthy singing in the dialect of other cultures, dancing to ethnic-sounding music, and dressing in flamboyant costumes. Stephen Currie, writing in Music in the Civil War, reports that one of Macarthy's traveling companions was a cockatoo that had been trained to squawk "Three cheers for Jeff Davis!" on stage. Although some claim that Macarthy was more interested in attracting audiences and making money than he was in supporting the Southern cause, he was nevertheless responsible for the second most popular song in the Confederacy -- "The Bonnie Blue Flag" -- which he premiered in Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1861.

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Songs of the Civil War
From: Dale Rose
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 11:14 AM

Hard Tack has been recorded by the 97th Regimental String Band, and is available on their Tenting On The Old Camp Ground CD/cassette available at Shamrock Hill Books, and other places as well. I am sure you can also order it from the guys by Email at That way, they get all the money! If you get a chance to see these fellows in person, don't miss them! Check out their partial schedule There are pictures of the group at both sites.

Hard Tack (Hard Crackers) is also hiding behind the title, Song of the Hungry on the Songs of the Civil War, Rhino CD 70739, 1991~~original release 1960.

The Cumberland Three is not a particularly well known name, but the fellows who made it up are, John Stewart, later of the Kingston Trio, Gil Robbins, who went on to the Highwaymen, and John Montgomery, who went on to I Don't Know Where.

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Songs of the Civil War
From: Gene
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 01:02 PM

Other sites with Music of the US Civil War
including Lyrics/Midis/Stories...etc
Another Civil war site

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Songs of the Civil War
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 15 Dec 98 - 05:51 PM

Hard Crackers is in the DT

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