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Civil War Songs... The Good Old Rebel

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  • James L. Choron
    The Good Old Rebel Author Unknown The following words were found written on the back of a Confederate fifty dollar bill, sometime after Appomatox. They were
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2004
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      The Good Old Rebel

      Author Unknown

      The following words were found written on the back of a Confederate fifty dollar bill, sometime after Appomatox. They were put to music, and for a while, prior to the turn of the century, it was a fairly popular song in the South. No corrections have been made to the original grammar and syntax.

      Oh, I’m a good ‘ol Rebel,

      an thas just what I am...

      an fer this Yankee Nation,

      I do not give a damn.

      I’m glad I fit agin’ em.

      I on’y wisht we’d won,

      an I ain’t axed no pardon

      fer anythin I done.

      I hates the Yankee Nation,

      an everythin they do.

      I hates the decoration

      o’ independence, too.

      I hates the strip-ed banner,

      tis drippin with our blood.

      I hates the “Glorious Union”,

      an fit ‘em all I could.

      I rode with Robert E. Lee

      fer three year, thereabouts.

      Got wounded in four places.

      an I starved at Point Lookout.

      I cotched th’ reumatism

      from sleepin in th’ snow,

      But I kilt a chance o’ Yankees

      an I’d like to kill some mo.

      Three hunnert thousand Yankees

      is stiff in Southern dust.

      We got three hunnert thousand

      before they conquered us.

      They died o’ Southern fever,

      o’ Southern steel an shot.

      I wisht it wuz three million

      instead o’ what we got.

      I can’t pick up my musket

      an fit ‘em now, no more.

      But I ain’t gotta love ‘em,

      an that’s fer certain shore.

      An I ain’t axed no pardon

      fer whut I done or am,

      an I won’t be “reconstructed”,

      an I DO NOT GIVE A DAMN!

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