Root Hog or Die

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Melody - "Root Hog, or Die", Anonymous, 1856; Seq. by Benjamin R. Tubb
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c. 1858

I'll tell you of a story
That happened long ago;
When the English came to America,
I s'pose you all know,
They couldn't whip the Yankees,
I'll tell you the reason why,
Uncle Sam made them sing,
Root hog or die.

2. John Bull went to Boston,
As you shall plainly see,
Forty large ships,
Loaded clear up with tea,
The Yankees wouldn't pay the tea tax,
I'll tell the reason why,
The Yankee boys made 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

3. They first met our armies on
The top of Bunker Hill,
When it came to fighting,
I guess they got their fill,
The Yankee boys chased them off,
I'll tell you the reason why,
The Yankee boys made 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

4. Then they met our
Washington at Yorktown,
There the Yankees mowed 'em down
Like grass from the ground,
Old Cornwallis gave up his sword,
I'll tell you the reason why,
General Washington made 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

5. Then they came to Baltimore
Forty years ago,
They tried to take North Point,
But found it wouldn't go,
The Baltimoreans chased them off,
I'll tell you the reason why,
The Yankee boys made 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

6. Then they marched their armies
Down to New Orleans,
That was the place, I think,
That Jackson gave 'em beans,
They couldn't take our Cotton bales,
I'll tell the reason why,
General Jackson made 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

7. Now Johnny Bull has
Been kicking up a fuss,
He'd better keep quiet,
Or he'll surely make it worse,
We're bound to have Cuba,
I'll tell you the reason why,
For Uncle Sam will make 'em sing,
Root hog or die.

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