THAT'S WHAT'S THE MATTER

(STEPHEN FOSTER) (1862)


The Monitor (foreground) and the Merrimac exchange fire off Hampton Roads, VA, March 9, 1862.

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Lyrics as reprinted in liner notes for "Songs by Stephen Foster," Nonesuch H-71268, 1972.

We live in hard and stirring times,
Too sad for mirth, too rough for rhymes;
For songs of peace have lost their chimes,
And that's what's the matter!
The men we held as brothers true,
Have turn'd into a rebel crew;
So now we have to put them thro',
And that's what's the matter!
That's what's the matter,
The rebels have to scatter;
We'll make them flee,
By land and sea,
And that's what's the matter!
The rebels thought we would divide,
And Democrats would take their side;
They then would let the Union slide,
And that's what's the matter!
But, when the war had once begun,
All party feeling soon was gone;
We joined as brothers ev'ry one!
And that's what's the matter!

The Merrimac, with heavy sway,
Had made our Fleet an easy prey --
The Monitor got in the way,
And that's what's the matter!
So health to Captain Ericsson,
I cannot tell all he has done,
I'd never stop when once begun,
And that's what's the matter!

We've heard of General Beauregard,
And thought he'd fight us long and hard;
But he has played out his last card,
And that's what's the matter!
So what's the use to fret and pout,
We soon will hear the people shout,
Secession dodge is all played out!
And that's what's the matter!

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