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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

TML # 010969
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By Louis Lambert [pen name for Patrick Gilmore] Scholars continue to argue whether "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" or the doleful "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" is the original. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" can be firmly dated to the beginning of the Civil War, while "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" does not appear until lightly later (1869) -- but as a traditional song. The earliest known printing is, in fact, that of "Johnny Fill Up the Bowl" (early 1863). Included here as well known and suitable tune for square dance.
When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah, hurrah
We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah, hurrah

The men will cheer, the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay when
Johnny comes marching home

The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah, hurrah,
To welcome home our darling boy
Hurrah, hurrah
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way
And we'll all feel gay when
Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee
We'll give the hero three times three
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow

Let love and friends    on that day
Their choicest treasures then display
And let each one perform some part
To fill with joy each warrior's heart.
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