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"Battle Cry of Freedom" (Rallying Song) for Analyze Music of the Civil War Era Lesson Plan

Words and Music: George Fredrick Root

1. Yes we’ll rally ‘round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
We will rally from the hillside, we’ll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus:
The Union forever, Hurrah, boys, Hurrah!
Down with the traitor up with the star;
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

2. We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
And we’ll fill the vacant ranks with a million Free men more,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus

3. We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
And although he may be poor he shall never be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus

4. So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom,
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love the best,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus

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