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"When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (sometimes "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again") is a popular song from the American civil war that expressed people's longing for the return of their friends and relatives who were fighting in the war.

BackgroundEdit

The lyrics were written by the Irish-American bandleader Patrick Gilmore during the American Civil War in the year 1863.

LyricsEdit


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Released: 1863

When Johnny comes marching home again

Hurrah! Hurrah!

We’ll give him a hearty welcome then

Hurrah! Hurrah!

The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

The old church bell will peal with joy

Hurrah! Hurrah!

To welcome home our darling boy,

Hurrah! Hurrah!

The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,

Hurrah! Hurrah!

We’ll give the hero three times three,

Hurrah! Hurrah!

The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Let love and friendship on that day,

Hurrah, hurrah!

Their choicest pleasures then display,

Hurrah, hurrah!

And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

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