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Whippoorwill Lyr Req: Johnny Comes Marching Home (24) Early lyrics to Jonny Comes Marching Home? 17 Aug 97


I've always understood "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" to be a song celebrating the North's victory in the War Between the States, but once I heard a song that was supposed to be the forerunner of that one - an old Irish anti-war song.

It had the same tune, but the first verse went something like:

Oh, where's your arm and where's your leg, waroo, waroo,
Oh, where's your arm and where's your leg, waroo, waroo,
Oh, where's your arm and where's your leg,
You left them (something, something,)
And you'll have to sit with a bowl and beg,
Ah, Johnny, I scarcely knew you.

Does anyone know the background or the rest of the words or both?

Thanks,
Whip


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