Babylon Is Fallen

Civil War Songs / Songs of the Civil War


Don't you see de black clouds
Risin' ober yonder,
Whar de Massa's old plantation am?
Nebber you be frightened
Dem is only darkies,
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!
An' we's agwine to occupy de land.


Don't you see de lightinin'
Flashin' in de canebrake,
Like as if we's gwine to hab a storm?
No! You is mistaken,
'Tis de darkies' bay'nets,
An' de buttons on dar uniform.


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.


Massa was de Kernel In de Rebel army,
Eber sence he went an' run away;
But his lubly darkies,
Dey has been a-watchin',
An' dey take him pris'ner tudder day.


We will be de Massa
He will be de sarvant,
Try him how he like it for a spell;
So we crack de Butt'nuts
So we take de Kernel,
So de cannon carry back de shell.


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