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War Song Come all you jolly soldiers, I will sing to you a song, I'll try to be brief, I'll not detain you long, Concerning all my troubles and how they did advance And how I got around them and what a narrow chance. With a bottle of good whisky I put the guard to sleep; Then down upon my knees so slyly I did creep, And when I had gone around them and found I had got through I set down upon a little rock and there put on my shoe. The ferriage it was guarded and I had nary horse. I cast my eyes around a little raft I spied; I thought by good judgment I could get to the other side. I jumped upon my little raft, so gently sailed across. Not thanking them for ferriage nor eitherwise a horse I struck out up old Lickin, I set my head for home, To see my wife and children all that was my intent, To see my wife and children that I had left at home. When I come to find them I found them all asleep. I told my wife I had been a prisoner and now on my retreat; She gave to me my supper, a blanket in my hand, Told me to leave this country and go to Dixie's land. From Devil's Dittys, J. Thomas RG
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