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As some of you may know, my area of interest is Civil War period music.   
Thought I would share this one.  This is a Confederate song that was an  
adaptation of the Yankee marching song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".   
There is a neat little story behind the lyrics which I would be happy to  
share with anyone interested.  You can reach me at CSACavalier@aol.com. 
 
Steve 
 
Chords:  Em  G  Em   G    D 
 
(Em) We all went down to New Orleans  
For (G) bales, for bales 
(Em) We all went down to New Orleans 
For (G) bales, says I 
We all went down to New Orleans 
To (D) get a glimpse behind the scenes 
We'll (G) all (D) drink (G) stone (D) blind 
(Em) Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 
We thought when we got in the Ring 
For bales, for bales 
We thought when we got in the Ring 
For bales, says I 
We thought when we got in the Ring 
Greenbacks would be a dead sure thing 
We all drank stone blind 
Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 
Our Ring went up with baggage and rope 
For bales, for bales 
Upon the Blackhawk with baggage and rope 
For bales, says I 
Up Red River with baggage and rope 
Looking to make a ton of soap 
And we'll all drink stone blind 
Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 
But Taylor and Smith with ragged ranks 
For bales, for bales 
But Taylor and Smith with ragged ranks 
For bales, says I 
Taylor and Smith with ragged ranks 
Burned up the cotton and whipped ole Banks 
And we all drank stone blind 
Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 
Our Ring came back and cursed and swore 
For bales, for bales 
Our Ring came back and cursed and swore 
For bales, says I 
Our Ring came back and cursed and swore 
We got no cotton at Grand Ecore 
And we all drank stone blind 
Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 
Now let us all give praise and thanks 
For bales, for bales 
Now let us all give praise and thanks 
For bales, says I 
Let us all give praise and thanks 
For the victory won by General Banks 
And we all drink stone blind 
Johnny fill up the bowl. 
 




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