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The homespun dress is plain, I know,
My hat 's palmetto, too; But then it shows what Southern girls
For Southern rights will do. We send the bravest of our land,
To battle with the foe, And we will lend a helping hand—
We love the South, you know.
Now Northern goods are out of date;
And since old Abe's blockade, We Southern girls can be content
With goods that's Southern made. We send our sweethearts to the war;
But, dear girls, never mind— Your soldier-love will ne'er forget
The girl he left behind.
The soldier is the lad for me—
A brave heart I adore; And when the sunny South is free,
And when fighting is no more, I'll choose me then a lover brave,
From out that gallant band. The soldier lad I love the best
Shall have my heart and hand.
The Southern land 's a glorious land,
And has a glorious cause; Then cheer, three cheers for Southern rights,
And for the Southern boys !