BATTLE OF BULL RUN
As recorded by Johnny Horton on "North to Alaska and Other Great Hits: The Early Album Collection"
1. The sun shone bright and clear that day we all left Washington
To lick the rebel boys in gray at the battle of Bull Run.
They came from Pennsylvan-i-a and some from Mary-land
To see the rebel boys get spanked with honest Abe’s broad hand.
CHORUS: We said we'll run 'em to Atlanta and to Galveston Bay,
But they ran us back to Washington and Philadelph-i-a,
2. The ladies wore their brightest shawls; the gentlemen were gay.
They came to see their Yankee boys whip old Virgin-i-a.
I held my mama's hand and skipped when a soldier said to me:
"Would you rather have Jeff Davis' hat or the sword of Bobby Lee?" CHORUS
3. And then the general doffed his hat and said: "Let's rest a spell,"
And for the first time we all heard that awful rebel yell.
The waters of Manassas Creek became a ruby red,
And many a reb and Yankee boy lay in the willows dead. CHORUS
4. A fight locked in the chest of time too horrible to tell:
Virginny's cool green countryside became a lake of hell.
Don't count your chicks before they're hatched or your work until it's done.
Remember, yes, remember long the battle of Bull Run. CHORUS