Just before the battle, mother,
l was drinking mountain dew,
When l saw the "Rebels" marching,
To the rear I quickly flew;
Where the stragglers were flying,
Thinking of their homes and wives;
'Twas not the "Rebs" we feared, dear mother,
But our own dear precious lives.Farewell, mother, for you'll neverI hear the bugle sounding, mother,
See my name among the slain.
For if I only can skedaddle,
Dear mother, I'll come home again.
My soul is eager for the fray.
I guess I'll hide behind some cover,
And then I shall be OK.
Discretion's the better part of valor,
At least I've often heard you say;
And he who loves his life, dear mother,
Won't fight if he can run away.