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242 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
97 THE SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
For a slightly longer text of this Civil War song from Nova Scotia with many variations from the Michigan text see Mackenzie, p. 139. For a part of this song combined with "The Rebel Soldier" see Cox B, pp. 279-280 The present version was sung in 1934 by Mrs. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska.
mem* - ry, ev - er fresh m my dreams
i When the sweet sunny South was in peace and content, The days of my boyhood I carelessly spent, From the broad rolling plain to the pure purling streams, Ever dear to my mem'ry, ever fresh in my dreams.
2 I have lost the enjoyment and comfort of life Through bloodshed and horror, privation and strife. I have taken the covenant, I have plighted my word.
I have shouldered my rifle, I have buckled my sword.
3 My father looked sad when he bade me depart; My mother embraced me with anguish of heart. My beautiful sister looked pale in her woe
As she took me by the hand and I started to go.