Educator's Guide: The Arts: Singing Soldiers: Battle Cry of Freedom - Southern Version

Battle Cry of Freedom - Southern Version

Words and Music: George F. Root

This was one of Root's best songs. It was the most effective rallying song of the North. Soldiers sang it in battle, in camps and on the long march. The naturalness and spontaneity in the melody and rhythm give it those national qualities of a patriotic song. Root composed two sets of verses, one a civilian rallying song, the second a battle song. The Confederates could not resist the flavor of this spirited tune. One of their prolific composers, H. L. Schreiner, adapted Root's tune for a patriotic song with words by W. H. Barnes.

1. Our flag is proudly floating On the land and on the main, Shout, shout, the battle cry of Freedom; Beneath it oft we've conquered And will conquer oft again, Shout, shout, the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus: Our Dixie forever, she's never at a loss Down with the eagle and up with the cross. We'll rally 'round the bonny flag, we'll rally once again. Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

2. Our gallant boys have marched To the rolling of the drums, Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom; And the leaders in charge Cry, "Come boys, come!" Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus: Our Dixie forever, she's never at a loss Down with the eagle and up with the cross. We'll rally 'round the bonny flag, we'll rally once again. Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

3. They have laid down their lives On the bloody battle field, Shout, shout, the battle cry of Freedom; Their motto is resistance "To tyrants we'll not yield!" Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus: Our Dixie forever, she's never at a loss Down with the eagle and up with the cross. We'll rally 'round the bonny flag, we'll rally once again. Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

4. While our boys have responded And to the field have gone, Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom; Our noble women also Have aided them at home. Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

Chorus: Our Dixie forever, she's never at a loss Down with the eagle and up with the cross. We'll rally 'round the bonny flag, we'll rally once again. Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom.

 

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