“Marching On”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959 (Warner)
Keywords: Civilwar soldier
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"Old Abe's in the White House, taking a snooze, Gen'ral Grant is a-busting his gut with his booze... but let's keep marching on." Complaints about life in the Union army: Lincoln freed the Blacks but not the soldiers, the rebels keep coming back, etc.

Notes

This song implies that Grant, who was unquestionable a heavy drinker in his younger days, continued his alcoholic ways during the Civil War. Most observers agree, however, that he *did not* drink during the war. Grant was by no means a brilliant general, but at least he was stubborn enough to keep fighting until he won the war. - RBW

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References

  1. Warner 130, "Marching On" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, MARCHON*
  3. Roud #7475
  4. BI, Wa130