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To Keep Kentucky Free
by Ian T. Cully



We need young men for our army
I heard the Generals cry
The Civil War began tonight
And Kentucky's sons must rise
Now the children wave, and the mothers cry
To see the soldiers leave
'Cos some will live and some will die
To keep Kentucky free

And so our sons are leaving
Under ole Kentucky's name
Where the cannon balls fly, and the soldier boys die
And America cries for shame
Oh, I know we must fight, for our God given right
But, Lord, it's so hard to see
Why the Generals say - there is no other way
To keep Kentucky free

TO KEEP KENTUCKY FREE, MY SON
TO KEEP KENTUCKY FREE
OH, THEY WERE ONLY TRYIN', LORD,
TO KEEP KENTUCKY FREE

They will dress you in gray, they will send you away
In the hope of a victory
And they will mingle your blood in the Arkansas mud
With the rest of your company
And from Washington State, through the Tennessee hills
To the ruins of New Orleans
The babies will cry, and the fathers will die
To keep Kentucky free

But here in the gloom of my lonely room
Where I live with my memories
Oh, I cry for the North - and I cry for the South
And I cry for Robert E Lee
But some day I know that the flowers will grow
The way it was meant to be
And I'll be waiting here, my boy,
Till you come home to me








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