When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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When Nathan heard this one he said “presumably this is where ‘The Ants Went Marching’ came from.”

Which shows the life of some of these tunes. Made popular in one place, they are used for another, until many don’t know the real source.

The accompaniment in the book shows how Celtic the tune is. I remember growing up on this one, and thinking of it as a Civil War song, which it is, but it was composed by a northerner, and I always thought of it as a southern song.

It is meant to be sung as solo line and then group, with the group doing the Hurrah’s and other ending phrases.

1

When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah, Hurrah,

We’ll give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah, Hurrah;

The men will cheer, the boys will shout, The ladies, they will all turn out,

The ladies, they will all turn out,

Chorus (repeat ad. lib)

And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home.

2

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,

With roses they will strew the way,

Chorus

3

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

To place upon his loyal brow,

Chorus

4

Let lose and friendship on that day, Hurrah, Hurrah,

Their choicest treasures then display, Hurrah, Hurrah,

And let each one perform some part, To

To fill with joy the warriors heart

Chorus

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