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Glory Hallelujah! (John Brown's Body), song lyrics

Song: Glory Hallelujah! (John Brown's Body)
Lyrics: n/a

Music: Phillip Simonds(1)
Year: 1861(1)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


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 is marching on.

CHORUS:
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His soul's marching on.

(CHORUS)

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 is marching on!
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(CHORUS)

We mourn for the fallen one, we weep for the Brave,
Who to this holy cause his noble life he gave;
Sadly, yet proudly we shout forth they name,
As we go marching on!

(CHORUS)

Gird on the warriors armor, the battle ne'er give o'er,
March 'till the batter'd gates of Sumter shall appear;
Rest not by the way, 'till you plant the Stars and Stripes
Where the traitors flag now waves!

(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!
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(CHORUS)

His pet lambs will meet him on the way,
His pet lambs will meet him on the way,
His pet lambs will meet him on the way,
They go 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,
As they march along!

(CHORUS)

Now, three rousing cheers for the Union,
Now, three rousing cheers for the Union,
Now, three rousing cheers for the Union,
As we are marching on!

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music published by Russell & Patee, 61 Court Street, Russell & Toman, Boston, by me in November 2011. (In spite of feedback about the spelling, the sheet music clearly states "Music by PHILLIP SIMONDS".)

2 - See the Battle Hymn of the Republic which is the song with rewritten lyrics the following year.