Root Hog or Die
H. DE MARSAN PUBLISHER OF SONGS AND BALLADS PAPER DOLLS TOY BOOKS &c. 54. CHATHAM ST., N. Y.
Root Hog Or Die.
First, at Roanoke, when we hove in sight,
The Rebels thought they’d have us sure, before the ensuing night;
But Wise he was mistaken, and Floyd he heaved a sigh,
And left, like Hell, for Norfolk, singing: Root, Hog or Die!
Then, we went up to a city, Elizabeth by name;
The Rebels thought to whip us there, but didn’t know our game;
The Perry run the sea-bird, and the rest they tried to fly,
But only one reached Norfolk, singing: Root, Hog or Die!
At Newbern, shortly after, the river being chuck,
Full of Torpedoes and Fired-Machines to blow the Yankees up,
They thought they’d surely whip us there, but found out ’twas
all my eye!
When Burnside nailed ’em in the rear singing: Root, Hog or Die!
Oh! they fought about two hours, and then they turned and run;
And some of the forts on the River they left without firing a gun.
Oh! they left in such a hurry that they could not say good-bye
To the girls they left behind ’em, singing: Root, Hog or Die!
Now, we are safely moored at Newbern, and I guess we are
going to stay,
’Till we take a trip to Raleigh: there’s some Rebels there, they say,
We’ll show ’em another Yankee trick, or show ’em how to die:
They’ll find that we are in earnest now, singing: Root, Hog or Die!