That's What's the Matter

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Melody - Stephen C. Foster, 1862; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Stephen C. Foster, 1862

We live in hard and stirring times,
Too sad for mirth, too rough for rhymes;
For songs of peace have lost their chimes,
And thatís whatís the matter!
The men we held as brothers true,
Have turníd into a rebel crew;
So now we have to put them throí,
And thatís whatís the matter!
Chorus:
Thatís whatís the matter,
The rebels have to scatter;
Weíll make them flee,
By land and sea,
And thatís whatís the matter!

2. Oh! yes, we thought our neighbors true,
Indulgíd them as their mothers do;
They stormíd our bright Red, White and Blue,
And thatís whatís the matter!
Weíll never give up what we gain,
For now we know we must maintain
Our Laws and Rights with might and main;
And thatís whatís the matter!
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3. The rebels thought we could divide,
And Democrats would take their side;
They then would let the Union slide,
And thatís whatís the matter!
But, when the war had once begun,
All party feeling soon was gone;
We joiníd as brothers, evíry one!
And thatís whatís the matter!
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4. The Merrimac, with heavy sway,
Had made our Fleet an easy prey__
The Monitor got in the way,
And thatís whatís the matter!
So health to Captain Ericsson,
I cannot tell all he has done,
Iíd never stop when once begun,
And thatís whatís the matter!
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5. Weíve heard of Geníral Beauregard,
And thought heíd fight us long and hard;
But he has playíd out his last card,
And thatís whatís the matter!
So whatís the use to fret and pout,
We soon will hear the people shout,
Secession dodge is all playíd out!
And thatís whatís the matter!
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