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MARCHING SONG.                   207
We are goin' out of slavery; we are bound for
Freedom's light, We mean to show Jeff. Davis how de Africans can
As we go marchin' on.
We hab done wid.hoein' cotton, we hab done wid hoein' corn,
We are colored Yankee soldiers now, as sure as you are born;
When de massas hear us yellin' dey '11 tink its Ga­briel's horn,
As we go marchin' on.
Dey will hab to pay us wages, de wages ob their sin,
Dey will hab to bow their foreheads to their col­ored kith and kin,
Dey will hab to gib us house-room, or de roof shall tumble in !
As we go marchin' on.
We heard de proclamation, massa hush it as he will; De bird he sing it to us, hoppin' on de cotton-hill, And de possum up de gum-tree, he could n't keep it still,
As he went climbing on.