The Battle Cry of Freedom

George Frederick Root, aka G. Friedrich Wurzel, (1820-1895) wrote the very popular Civil War song "The Battle Cry of Freedom" after President Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteers in 1862.

 

The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the traitor, up with the star;
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

 


  George Frederick Root
George F. Root
 

Root was a prolific patriotic composer, eventually writing over 200 songs. His "The Battle Cry of Freedom" was arguably the most popular of his many compositions. Other well-known and classic Civil War songs by Root are; "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!" (The Prisoner’s Hope), “The Vacant Chair,” and "Just before the Battle, Mother."

 

 

"The Battle Cry of Freedom" performed by Tom Roush.

From Tom Roush regarding his performance of "The Battle Cry of Freedom":
This song is dedicated to the colored regiments and common foot soldiers that served in the Union army during the Civil War. Unlike the Generals and officers, these souls were the unsung heroes who never got much credit for winning the war. Many of them only served as cannon fodder to incompetent officers. George Root, the songs composer, also wrote ‘Just Before the Battle, Mother’. I am playing a violin in this recording that actually came from his music store in Chicago in the 1870′s. This Civil War era song and others can be found on my new CD ‘The Blue -The Gray, and Somewhere In Between.’ which is now available.“– Tom Roush
Visit The Music of Tom Roush Web site for more of his Civil War music.

 

 

"The Battle Cry of Freedom" has two versions of lyrics, one for the Union and one for the Confederacy.

 

"The Battle Cry of Freedom" Lyrics – Union version

Yes we'll rally round the flag, boys, we'll rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom,
We will rally from the hillside, we'll gather from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

        (Chorus)
        The Union forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
        Down with the traitor, up with the star;
        While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again,
        Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

We are springing to the call with a million freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll fill our vacant ranks of our brothers gone before,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

        Chorus

We will welcome to our numbers the loyal, true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And although he may be poor, not a man shall be a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

        Chorus

So we're springing to the call from the East and from the West,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll hurl the rebel crew from the land we love best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

        Chorus

"The Battle Cry of Freedom" Lyrics – Confederate version.

Our flag is proudly floating on the land and on the main,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Beneath it oft we've conquered, and we'll conquer oft again!
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

        (Chorus)
        Our Dixie forever! She's never at a loss!
        Down with the eagle and up with the cross!
        We'll rally 'round the bonny flag, we'll rally once again,
        Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

Our gallant boys have marched to the rolling of the drums.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
And the leaders in charge cry out, "Come, boys, come!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!--

        Chorus

They have laid down their lives on the bloody battle field.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Their motto is resistance -- "To tyrants we'll not yield!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!--

        Chorus

While our boys have responded and to the fields have gone.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Our noble women also have aided them at home.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!--

        Chorus

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