The Colored Brigade
(Stephen Foster,George Cooper, 1863 )
Old Uncle Abram wants us, and we're coming right along
I tell you what it is, we're gwine to muster mighty strong.
Then fare you well my honey dear! now don't you be afraid
I's bound to be a soldier in de colored brigade.
A soldier! a soldier, in de darkey brigade!
I's bound to be a soldier, in de colored brigade!
2. O! when we meet de enemy I s'pec we make 'em stare,
I tink he'll catch a tartar when he meets de woolly hair.
We'll fight while we are able and in greenbacks we'll be paid,
And soon I'll be a Colonel in de Colored Brigade.
A Colonel! a Colonel in de darkey Brigade,
And soon I'll be a Colonel in de Colored Brigade!
3. Wid musket on my shoulder and wid banjo in my hand,
For Union, and de Constitution as it was I stand.
Now some folks tink de darkey for dis fighting was'nt made,
We'll show dem what's de matter in de Colored Brigade.
De matter! de matter in de darkey Brigade,
We'll show dem what's de matter in de Colored Brigade!
4. I days ob Gen'ral Washington we fought de British well,
Behind de bales wid "Hickory" I tink we made 'em yell.
I tell you we're de chickens dat can handle gun or spade,
And Greeley he'll go wid us in de Colored Brigade.
Go wid us! Go wid us in de darkey Brigade,
And Greeley he'll go wid us in de Colored Brigade!
5. Some say dey lub de darkey and dey want him to be free,
I s'pec dey only fooling and dey better let him be.
For him dey'd brake dis Union which de're forefadders hab made,
Worth more dan twenty millions ob de Colored Brigade.
Dan millions! Dan millions of de darkey Brigade,
Worth more dan twenty millions ob de Colored Brigade!
6. Den cheer up now my honey dear I hear de trumpets play,
And gib me just a little buss before I go away.
I'll marry you when I come back so don't you be afraid,
We'll raise up picanninnies for de Colored Brigade.
Ninnies! Ninnies for de darkey Brigade,
We'll raise up picanninnies for de Colored Brigade!