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Evolved from this one:
During a visit to Washington in the autumn of 1861, poet Julia Ward Howe attended a public parade and review of Union troops. On her way back to Willard's Hotel she found her carriage delayed by marching regiments. To spend some time, she and her cohorts in the carriage sang a few of the war songs so popular those days, among them, "John Brown's Body," which contained the provocative words, "John Brown's body lies-a-mouldering in the ground.... His soul is marching on."
Howe would have assumed that the John Brown of the song was the famous abolitionist. But the song belonged to a young Scotsman in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia who shared Brown's name.
The Scotsman was well aware of John Brown the abolitionist. Having the same name made him a prime target for many good-natured jokes. As the soldiers marched, they would hammer out, in folk-song fashion, the tune that Julia Ward Howe would later hear. Lines like "His Soul's Marching On" were meant to tease the Scotsman. But as the catchy verse traveled to other units, it was known only as a song about the John Brown who was captured at Harpers Ferry. New verses were constantly added:
Old John Brown's body is a-mouldering in the dust,
Old John Brown's rifleís red with blood-spots turned to rust,
Old John Brown's pike has made its last, unflinching thrust,
His soul is marching on!
The morning after hearing the song, Julia Ward Howe wrote her own words to the tune. Soon after, it was published in the "Atlantic Monthly" as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
John Brown the Scotsman would not live to hear this version. He died early in the war, drowned in the Shenandoah River at Front Royal, Virginia.
-- The tune works in a lot of places .... -- IronConrad (2023-03-04)
---- Rhythm of the lines works with other melodies. -- IronMike (2023-03-05)
------ Row, Row, your Boat? -- IronRed (2023-03-05)
-------- Beg, Beg, Beg for Growth .... -- IronConrad (2023-03-06)
---- I smiled -- IronRed (2023-03-04)