The Valiant Soldiers

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      WE are the valiant soldiers who've 'listed for the war;
      We are fighting for the Union, we are fighting for the law;
      We can shoot a rebel farther than a white man ever saw,
      As we go marching on.


      Chorus.--
      Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
      Glory, glory, hallelujah, as we go marching on.


      Look there above the center, where the flag is waving bright;
      We are going out of slavery, we are bound for freedom's light;
      We mean to show Jeff Davis how the Africans can fight,
      As we go marching on.--Chorus.


      We are done with hoeing cotton, we are done with hoeing corn;
      We are colored Yankee soldiers as sure as you are born.
      When massa hears us shouting, he will think 'tis Gabriel's horn,
      As we go marching on.--Chorus.


      They will have to pay us wages, the wages of their sin;
      They will have to bow their foreheads to their colored kith and kin;
      They will have to give us house-room, or the roof will tumble in,
      As we go marching on.--Chorus.


      We hear the proclamation, massa, hush it as you will;
      The birds will sing it to us, hopping on the cotton hill;
      The possum up the gum tree couldn't keep it still,
      As he went climbing on.--Chorus.


      Father Abraham has spoken, and the message has been sent;
      The prison doors have opened, and out the prisoners went
      To join the sable army of African descent,
      As we go marching on.--Chorus.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.