1. 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!
CHOR: 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'pect we make 'em stare,
I tink he'll catch a tartar when he meets de wooly hare;
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!
CHOR: A Colonel! A Colonel in de darkey Brigade!
And soon I'll be a Colonel in the Colored Brigade.
3. Wid musket on my shoulder and wid banjo in my hand,
For Union, and de Consitution as it was, I stand;
Now some folks tink de darkey for dis fighting wasn't made,
We'll show dem what's de matter in de Colored Brigade!
CHOR: De matter! De matter in the darkey Brigade!
We'll show dem what's de matter in de Colored Brigade.
4.In 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,
CHOR: 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'spec dey only fooling and dey better let him be;
For him dey'd brake dis Union which de're forefadders hab made,
Worth more than twenty million ob de Colored Brigade.
CHOR: Dan millions! Dan millions of de darkey Brigade,
Worth more dan twenty million ob de Colored Brigade!
6. Den cheer up now, my honey dear, I hear de trumpets play,
And give 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.
CHOR 'Ninnies! Ninnies for de darkey Brigade,
We'll raise up picanninnies for de Colored Brigade!