We Conquer Or Die

Civil War Songs / Songs of the Civil War


The war drum is beating
Prepare for the fight!
The stern bigot Northman
Exults in his might
Gird on your bright weapons
Your foe men are nigh
And this be our watchword,
"We conquer or die!"
And this be our watchword,
"We conquer or die!"


The trumpet is sounding
From mountain to shore
Your swords and your lances
Must slumber no more!
Fling forth to the sunlight
Your banner on high!
Inscribed with the watchword:
"We conquer or die!"
Inscribed with the watchword:
"We conquer or die!"


March on to the battlefield,
There to do or to dare
With shoulder to shoulder
All danger to share
And let your proud watchword
Ring up to the sky
Till the blue arch re-echoes,
"We conquer or die!"
Till the blue arch re-echoes,
"We conquer or die!"


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