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"Goober Peas" for Analyze Music of the Civil War Era Lesson Plan

Words: P. Pindar, Esq., Music: P. Nutt, Esq.

1. Sitting by the roadside on a summer day
Chatting with my messmates passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees,
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas!
Eating goober peas!
Goodness, how delicious,
Eating goober peas!

2. When a horseman passes the soldiers have a rule,
To cry out at their loudest, “Mister, here’s your mule,”
But another pleasure enchantinger than these,
Is wearing out your Grinders, eating goober peas!


3. Just before the battle the Gen’ral hears a row,
He says, “The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now.”
He turns around in wonder and what do you think he sees?
The Georgia Militia eating goober peas!


4. I think my song has lasted almost long enough,
The subject’s interesting but rhymes are mighty rough,
I wish the war was over when free from rags and fleas,
We’d kiss our wives and sweethearts and gobble goober peas!


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