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Hard Crackers (Come Again No More) (Union Army ) Let us close our game of poker, take our tin cups in hand While we gather 'round the cook tent's door Where dry mummies of hard crackers are given to each man, Oh, hard crackers, come again no more! cho: 'Tis the song and the sigh of the hungry Hard crackers, hard crackers, come again no more Many days have you lingered upon our stomachs sore Oh, hard crackers, come again no more! There's a hungry, thirsty soldier, who wears his life away With torn clothes, whose better days are o'er. He is sighing now for whiskey and, with throat as dry as hay Sings," Hard crackers, come again no more!" 'Tis the song that is uttered in camp, by night and day 'Tis the wail that is mingled with each snore. 'Tis the sighing of the soul, for spring chickens far away Oh, hard crackers, come again no more! Note: When a compassionate officer ordered corn-meal mush served as a change of diet, the soldiers, ever bitching, responded: But to groans and to murmurs there has come a sudden hush, Our frail forms are fainting at the door; We are starving now on horse-feed, that the cooks call mush Oh, hard crackers, come again once more! cho2: It's the dying wail of the starving Hard crackers, hard crackers, come again once more; You were old and very wormy, but we pass your failings o'er Oh, hard crackers, come again once more! RG
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