Music to Understand Revolutionary Times – “The Cruel War”

This beautiful melody was written a very long time ago.  It was played during the American Civil War in 1865, and was probably played during the American Revolutionary War in 1776.  Listen to the melody and read the lyrics.  What feelings do you think the author wished to convey?  Please share your thoughts below in the comment box.

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The cruel war is raging
Johnny has to fight
I want to be with him
From morning till night

I’m counting the minutes
The hours and the days,
Oh Lord, stop the cruel war,
For this, my heart prays.

I made my decision,
I will join up too,
Oh Johnny, dear Johnny,
I’ll soon be with you.

We women are fighters,
We can help you win,
Oh Johnny, I’m hoping,
That they’ll take me in.

Repeat first verse

Click here to view the YouTube video sang by Peter, Paul and Mary


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