Thursday, 4 April 2019

John Brown's Body song words lyrics best top popular favorite trending sing along song songs

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“John Brown’s Body” (originally known as “John Brown’s Song”) is a United States marching song about the abolitionist John Brown. The song was popular in the Union during the American Civil War. The tune arose out of the folk hymn tradition of the American camp meeting movement of the late 18th and early 19th century. According to an 1890 account, the original John Brown lyrics were a collective effort by a group of Union soldiers who were referring both to the famous John Brown and also, humorously, to a Sergeant John Brown of their own battalion. Various other authors have published additional verses and/or claimed credit for originating the John Brown lyrics and tune.
The “flavor of coarseness, possibly of irreverence”[2] led many of the era to feel uncomfortable with the earliest “John Brown” lyrics. This in turn led to the creation of many variant versions of the text that aspired to a higher literary quality. The most famous of these is Julia Ward Howe’s “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which was written when a friend suggested, “Why do you not write some good words for that stirring tune?”[3]
Numerous informal versions and adaptations of the lyrics and music have been created from the mid-1800s down to the present, making “John Brown’s Body” an example of a living folk music tradition.
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave;
John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave!
His soul is marching on!

Glory, halle – hallelujah! Glory, halle – hallelujah!
Glory, halle – hallelujah! his soul is marching on!


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