BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM (UNION LYRICS)

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BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM (UNION LYRICS)
“Battle Cry of Freedom” is a song written in 1862 by American composer George F. Root
(1825–1895) during the American Civil War. A patriotic song advocating the cause of the
Union, it became so popular that composer H. L. Schreiner and lyricist W. H. Barnes
adapted it for the Confederate States of America. The Union version was used as the
campaign song for the LincolnJohnson ticket in the 1864 presidential election. The song
was so popular that the music publisher at one time had 14 printing presses going at one
time and still could not keep up with demand. It is estimated that over 700,000 copies of
this song were put in circulation.
Oh, we’ll rally round the flag, boys, we’ll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
We will rally from the hillside, we’ll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
(Chorus)
The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star;
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we’ll fill our vacant ranks with a million free men more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
Chorus
We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although he may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
Chorus
So we’re springing to the call from the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we’ll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom