"We'll Be Free In Maryland." (R. E. Holtz; January, 1862)

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R. E. Holtz composed this pro-Southern Marylander piece on the 30th of January, 1862. The pieces uses the air of "Gideon's Band", an 1861 tune.


The boys down South in Dixie’s land,
The boys down South in Dixie’s land,
The boys down South in Dixie’s land
Will come and rescue Maryland.


Chorus.—If you will join the Dixie band,
Here’s my heart and here’s my hand,
If you will join the Dixie band;
We’re fighting for a home.

The Northern foes have trod us down,
The Northern foes have trod us down,
The Northern foes have trod us down,
But we will rise with true renown.


Chorus

The tyrants they must leave our door,
The tyrants they must leave our door,
The tyrants they must leave our door,
Then we’ll be free in Baltimore.


Chorus.

These hirelings they’ll never stand,
These hirelings they’ll never stand,
These hirelings they’ll never stand,
Whenever they see the Southern band.


Chorus.

Old Abe has got into a trap,
Old Abe has got into a trap,
Old Abe has got into a trap,
And he can’t get out with his Scotch cap.


Chorus.

Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
But the Yankees caught it at Bull Run.


Chorus.

We’ll rally to Jeff Davis true,
Beauregard and Johnston, too,
Magruder, Price, and General Bragg,
And give three cheers for the Southern Flag.


Chorus.

We’ll drink this toast to one and all,
Keep cocked and primed for the Southern call;
The day will come, we’ll make a stand,
Then we’ll be free in Maryland.


Chorus.
 

Claude Bauer

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R. E. Holtz composed this pro-Southern Marylander piece on the 30th of January, 1862. The pieces uses the air of "Gideon's Band", an 1861 tune.


The boys down South in Dixie’s land,
The boys down South in Dixie’s land,
The boys down South in Dixie’s land
Will come and rescue Maryland.


Chorus.—If you will join the Dixie band,
Here’s my heart and here’s my hand,
If you will join the Dixie band;
We’re fighting for a home.

The Northern foes have trod us down,
The Northern foes have trod us down,
The Northern foes have trod us down,
But we will rise with true renown.


Chorus

The tyrants they must leave our door,
The tyrants they must leave our door,
The tyrants they must leave our door,
Then we’ll be free in Baltimore.


Chorus.

These hirelings they’ll never stand,
These hirelings they’ll never stand,
These hirelings they’ll never stand,
Whenever they see the Southern band.


Chorus.

Old Abe has got into a trap,
Old Abe has got into a trap,
Old Abe has got into a trap,
And he can’t get out with his Scotch cap.


Chorus.

Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
Nobody’s hurt is easy spun,
But the Yankees caught it at Bull Run.


Chorus.

We’ll rally to Jeff Davis true,
Beauregard and Johnston, too,
Magruder, Price, and General Bragg,
And give three cheers for the Southern Flag.


Chorus.

We’ll drink this toast to one and all,
Keep cocked and primed for the Southern call;
The day will come, we’ll make a stand,
Then we’ll be free in Maryland.


Chorus.
Yikes! I would have joined the Union army just for making me listen to that!
 

Quiet1

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I never heard of that one before. Thanks for posting this -- I'm always curious as to what the non-popular ACW songs sounded like.
Granted, some of those songs may have been unpopular for a reason, but they are history too.

From what I can hear of it, the tune itself isn't too bad...
Maybe it sound better played by an accoustic instrument instead of a MIDI-ish thing.
I wonder if there is another version of this one drifting out on the Net somewhere?
(Or, failing that...*gulps*...*whispers*...sheet music, for use by a farby and seldom-tuned piano?)
EDIT: found it. If anyone wants to play. The source is here: https://libraries.wm.edu/um/archive/sampler/cf.swem.wm.edu/exhibits/sampler/gideonlist.html
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Claude Bauer

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I'm always curious as to what the non-popular ACW songs sounded like.
Granted, some of those songs may have been unpopular for a reason, but they are history too.

There's a collection of sheet music out there called, "Forgotten Songs of the Civil War." Never seen the music or heard any of it played. I'm too cheap to fork over $25 to see what's in it. One of the songs is titled, "Brave Little Mac" (about guess who).

Maybe someone will record it all some day. I just hope they use period instruments when they do! 🙂

https://www.jwpepper.com/Forgotten-Songs-of-the-Civil-War/10865887.item#.YJsrlKEpAb4
 
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