Tenting On the Old Campground

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Melody - Walter Kittridge, 1864; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Walter Kittridge, 1864

We're tenting tonight
On the old campground,
Give us a song to cheer
Our weary hearts, a song of home,
And friends we love so dear.
Chorus:
Many are the hearts
That are weary tonight,
Wishing for the war to cease,
Many are the hearts,
Looking for the right,
To see the dawn of peace.
Tenting tonight, tenting tonight,
Tenting on the old campground.

2. We've been tenting tonight
On the old campground,
Thinking of days gone by;
Of the loved ones at home that gave us the hand,
And the tear that said "goodbye!"
Chorus:

3. We've been fighting today
On the old campground,
Many are lying near,
Some are dead and some are dying,
Many are in tears.
Last Chorus:
Many are the hearts
That are weary tonight,
Wishing for the war to cease,
Many are the hearts,
Looking for the right,
To see the dawn of peace.
Dying tonight, dying tonight,
Dying on the old campground.


This was Kittredge's patriotic contribution after he had failed to pass the physical examination for entrance into the Union Army. - From the Golden Book of Favorite Songs, 1912.

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