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117 ROLL THE OLD CHARIOT ALONG
For a song which is given as a Salvation Army song and which is somewhat similar to this Michigan text see Sandburg, pp. 196-197. The last line in each stanza of Sandburg's text is, "And we won't drag on behind."
The present version was sung in 1935 by Mr. Fred Buckingham, West Branch, who said the song was very popular in the lumber camps and that countless stanzas were improvised.
1    If we had a keg of whiskey, we'd roll it along, If we had a keg of whiskey, we'd roll it along, If we had a keg of whiskey, we'd roll it along, And we'll all tag on behind.
Chorus
Roll the old chariot along, Roll the old chariot along, Roll the old chariot along, And we'll tag on behind.
2   If we had a barrel of beer, we would roll it along, If we had a barrel of beer, we would roll it along, If we had a barrel of beer, we would roll it along, And we'll all tag on behind.
3   If you want to be a Methodist, we'll roll you along, If you want to be a Methodist, we'll roll you along, If you want to be a Methodist, we'll roll you along, And we'll all tag on behind.







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