8. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

Performed by Jim Burroughs & Doah Burroughs

Songs of the Revolution – 8. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

Lyrics:

Sad I sit on butternut hill

Here I sit and cry my fill 

And every tear would turn a mill

Johnny has gone for a soldier    

Me oh my I love him so

Broke my heart to see him go

And only time can heal my woe

Johnny has gone for a soldier

Alone I sit on the top of the hill

My love has gone to the war                                                                                                        

My tears his empty cup can ne’er fill

My Johnny has gone to the war

I’d sell my clock, I’d sell my reel

I’d even sell my spinning wheel

To buy my love a sword of steel

Johnny has gone for a soldier

I’d sell my home, I’d sell my field    

To buy my love a gallant shield

But now he lies murdered on the field

Johnny has gone for a soldier

Alone I sit on top of the hill

My love has gone to the war

My tears his empty cup cannot fill

My Johnny has gone to the war

Johnny has gone for a soldier

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