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RICHMOND IS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL. Dedicated to Gen'l A. E. Burnside.
Would you like to hear my song-, I'm afraid it's rather long,
Of the famous "on to Richmond" double trouble; Of the half a dozen trips, and half a dozen slips,
And the very latest bursting" of the bubble ? 'Tis pretty hard to sing, and like a round, round ring,
'Tis a dreadful knotty puzzle to unravel, Though all the papers swore, when we touched Virginia's shore,
That Richmond was a hard road to travel.
Chorus.—Then pull off your coat and roll up your sleeve, For Richmond is a hard road to travel; Then pull off your coat and roll up your sleeve, For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe !
First, McDowell, bold and gay, set forth the shortest way,
By Manassas, in the pleasant Summer weather, But unfortunately ran on a Stonewall, foolish man,
And had a " rocky journey " altogether ; And he found it rather hard to ride o'er Beauregard,
And Johnston proved a deuce of a bother, And 'twas clear, beyond a doubt, that he didn't like the route,
And a second time would have to try another.