"Root Hog or Die"

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“Root hog or die,” or the yankee boys.

I’ll tell you a story that happened long ago,
When the English Came to America, I s’pose you all know,
They could’nt whip the Yankees, I’ll tell you the reason why,
Uncle Sam made ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

John Bull sent to Boston, as you shall plainly see,
Forty large ships loaded clear up with tea,
The Yankees would’nt pay the tea tax, I’ll tell you the reason why,
The Yankee Boys made ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

They first met our armies on the top of Bunker Hill,
When it came to fighting I guess they got their fill,
The Yankee Boys chased them off, I’ll tell you the reason why,
The Yankee Boys made ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

Then they met our Washington at Yorktown,
There the Yankees mowed ‘em down like grass from the ground,
Old Cornwallis gave up his sword, I’ll tell you the reason why,
General Washington made him sing Run Hog or Die.

Then they came to Baltimore forty years ago,
They tried to take North Point, but found it would’nt go,
The Baltimoreans chased them off, I’ll tell you the reason why,
The Yankee Boys made ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

Then they marched their armies down to New Orleans,
That was the place I think that Jackson gave ‘em beans,
They could’nt take our Cotton Bales, I’ll tell you the reason why,
General Jackson made ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

Now Johnny Bull has been kicking up a fuss,
He’d better keep quiet or he’ll surely make it worse,
We’re bound to have Cuba, I’ll tell you the reason why,
For Uncle Sam will make ‘em sing Root Hog or Die.

J.H. JOHNSON, SONG PUBLISHER, CARD AND JOB PRINTER, No.5 NORTH TENTH ST., Three doors above Market, Philadelphia.

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