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Battle Cry of Freedom

Confederate Version

The "Battle Cry of Freedom" was written in 1862 by George F. Root promoting the Northern position on the War for Southern Independence. It became quite popular, and the South could not resist the catchy, spirited tune. Therefore, one of their well-known composers, H. L. Schreiner, adapted Root's tune for a patriotic song with words by W. H. Barnes promoting the Southern point of view.

Lyrics

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 we'll 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!

Our gallant boys have marched to the rolling of the drums.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
And the leaders in charge cry out, "Come, boys, come!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!--

They have laid down their lives on the bloody battle field.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Their motto is resistance -- "To the tyrants never yield!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!--

While our boys have responded and to the fields 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!--

Video

The cover image displays the Stars and Bars and the eleven states that made up the Confederate States of America. The song by Bobby Horton, and the video was put together by Bobby Jones. Click the screen or the triangle at the bottom left to start the video.

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