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Henry C. Work

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Sequel to Kingdom Coming Chicago, Published by Root & Cady, 95 Clark Street

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1. Don't you see de black clouds Risin' ober yonder

Whar de Massa's ole plantation am?

Nebber you be frightened Dem is only darkeys,

Come to jine an' fight for Uncle Sam.


Look out dar, now! We's a gwine to shoot!

Look out dar - don't you understand?

Babylon is fallen! Babylon is fallen!

And we's a gwine to occupy de land.

2. Don't you see de lightnin' Flashin' in de canebrake

Like as if we gwine to hab a storm?

No! you is mistaken 'Tis de darkey's bay'nets,

An' de buttons on dar uniform.

3. Way up in de cornfield, Whar you hear de tunder

Dat is our ole forty-pounder gun

When de shells are missin', Den we load wid punkins

All de same to make de cowards run.

4. Massa was de Kernel In de rebel army,

Ebber sence we went an' run away;

But his lubley darkeys, Dey has been a watchin'

An' dey take him pris'ner tudder day.

5. We will be de massa, He will be de servant -

Try him how he like it for a spell;

So we crack de Butt'nutts. So we take de Kernel,

So de cannon carry back de shell.

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