On, On, On, the Boys Came Marching!

Title

On, On, On, the Boys Came Marching!

Subject

Root, George Frederick, 1820-1895
Sheet music
American Civil War (1861-1865)

Description

Also known as "The Prisoner Free and a sequel to "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," the song takes the perspective of Union prisoners of war waiting in expectation for their liberation.

Creator

Root, George F. (Frederick)

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1865

Contributor

Root & Cady

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

301103
37735994

Coverage

Chicago

Transcription

On, on, on, the Boys came Marching!

OR THE PRISONER FREE.

(Sequel to "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp.")

Words and Music by GEO. F .ROOT

1. O! the day it came at last, When the glo-rious tramp was heard, And the boys came march-ing fif-ty thou-sand strong, And we grasped each oth-ers, hands, Tho' we ut-tered not a word, As the boom-ing of our can-non rolled a-long!

2. O! the fee-blest heart grew strong, And the most des-pond-ent, sure, When we heard the thrill-ing sounds we loved so well, For we knew that want and wo, We no longer-should en-dure, When the hosts of free-dom reached our pris-on cell!

3. O! the war is ov-er now, And we're safe at home a-gain, And the cause we starved and suf-fer'd for, is won, But we nev-er can for-get, 'Mid our woe and mid our pain, How the glo-rious Un-ion boys came tramp-ing on!


On, On, On the boys came march-ing, Like a grand ma-jes-tic sea, And they dashed a-way the guard from the heavy I-ron door, And we stood beneath the starry banner, free!

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2
34 cm

Citation

Root, George F. (Frederick), “On, On, On, the Boys Came Marching!,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed September 19, 2020, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/20058.