Carry Me Back To Tennessee

Civil War Songs / Songs of the Civil War


Sweet Ellie Rhee, so dear to me,
Is lost forever more;
Our home was down in Tennessee.
Before dis cruel war.
Then carry me back to Tennessee,
Back where I long to be,
Among the fields of yellow corn,
To my darling Ellie Rhee.


Then carry me back to Tennessee,
Back where I long to be,
Among de friends of yellow corn,
To my darling Ellie Rhee.


Oh why did I from day to day,
Keep wishing to be free;
And away from my massa run away
And leave my Ellie Rhee.
Then carry me back to Tennessee,
Back where I long to be,
Among the fields of yellow corn,
To my darling Ellie Rhee.


They said that I would soon be free
And happy all de day.
But if dey take me back again,
I'll never run away.
Then carry me back to Tennessee,
Back where I long to be,
Among the fields of yellow corn,
To my darling Ellie Rhee.


The war is over now at last.
De color'd race am free,
Dat good time comin' on so fast:
I'm waiting for to see.


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