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Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)

Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Sep 13 - 07:27 PM
Sandra in Sydney 26 Sep 13 - 10:52 PM
Sandra in Sydney 26 Sep 13 - 10:53 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 27 Sep 13 - 12:09 PM
Jim Dixon 28 Sep 13 - 01:36 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 07:27 PM

Lyr. Add: TAKE YOUR GUN AND GO, JOHN
Words and music by H. T. Merrill, 1862

1
Don't stop a moment to think, John,
Our country calls, then go.
Don't fear for me nor the children, John,
I'll care for them, you know!
Leave the corn up on the stalk, John,
The fruit upon the tree,
And all our little stores, John,
Yes, leave them all to me.

Chorus-
Then take your gun and go,
Yes, take your gun and go.
For Ruth can drive the oxen, John,
And I can use the hoe.
For Ruth can drive the oxen, John,
And I can use the hoe.

2
I've heard my granddad tell, John,
He fought at Bunker Hill,
He counted all his life and wealth
His country's off'ring still,
Would I shame the brave old blood, John,
That flow'd on Monmouth Plain,
No, take your gun and go, John,
Tho' I ne'er see you again.

3
The army's short of blankets, John,
Then take this heavy pair,
I spun and wove them when a girl,
And work'd them with great care.
A rose in every corner, John,
And here's my name, you see!
On the cold ground they'll warmer feel,
Because they're made by me.

4
And John, if God has willed it so,
We ne'er shall meet again,
I'll do the best for the children, John,
In sorrow, want or pain.
On winter nights I'll teach them, John,
All that I learned at school,
To love our country, keep her laws,
Obey the Savior's rule.

5
And now good-bye to you, John,
I cannot say Farewell!
We'll hope and pray for the best, John,
His goodness none can tell.
May His arm be round about you, John,
To guard you night and day.
Be our beloved country's shield,
Till war shall pass away.

Dedicated to the Maine Volunteers by the composer. Printed by Root and Cady, Chicago.
Sheet music at Levy Sheet Music.

Sung by Johnny Horton and Tom Roush.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 10:52 PM

thanks for posting the lyrics, Q. Maybe I heard Johnny Horton sing it years ago as the lyrics seemed familiar, but I can't find a version of him singing it.

But I liked Tom Roush singing 'Take your gun & go, John'

sandra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Sep 13 - 10:53 PM

ps. I also liked the seeing the original source material.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Sep 13 - 12:09 PM

There are many songs of this kind. This is one that is a cut above.

The content- hand-woven blankets, driving the oxen, etc., provides a visual image of the time period in America.

Tom Roush is a favorite of mine. He sings the songs as they were written. His recordings are available directly from his website.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take Your Gun And Go, John (1862)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 01:36 AM

Somehow, it made me think of this scene in "Full Metal Jacket".


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