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John Brown: The John Brown Song

Life and History

John Brown Song

Lyrics

There are many versions of the John Brown Song.  This is one of them.

John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave,

John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave,

John Brown’s body lies a mouldering in the grave.

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

Glory Hally, Hallelujah!  Glory Hally, Hallelujah!

Glory Hally, Hallelujah!

His soul’s marching on!

 

He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the lord,

He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the lord,

He’s gone to be a soldier in the army of the lord.

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

John Brown’s knapsack is strapped upon his back,

John Brown’s knapsack is strapped upon his back,

John Brown’s knapsack is strapped upon his back.

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

His pet lambs will meet him on his way,

His pet lambs will meet him on his way,

His pet lambs will meet him on his way.

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

They will hang Jeff Davis to a tree,

They will hang Jeff Davis to a tree,

They will hang Jeff Davis to a tree.

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

Now, three rousing cheers for the Union!

Now, three rousing cheers for the Union!

Now, three rousing cheers for the Union!

His soul’s marching on!

 

CHORUS

 

Hip, hip, hip, hip, Hurrah!