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The Green Mountain Yankee
Words & Music: L. Heath

I'm right from the mountain just from Vermont
My visit to Boston I now recount
Some notions of trade was my intention
And I went to look at the great convention
And when I got there I do declare
The whole community at me did stare
Just cause I was from Vermont

The temperance folks than hail came faster
And formed a procession in the old cow pasture
Their temperance flags and banners displaying
While the bands of music kept all the time playing
Hail Columbia happy land
Hail Columbia happy land

Till they came to the state house to discuss
The curses of rum and a tarnal fuss
They made about alcohol reigning oe'r us
And they sang a long tune and this was the chorus
O that will be joyful, joyful, joyful
O that will be joyful when young men drink no more

Says I cold water isn't quite to my mind
I went to the place where pledges were signed
They got me a pledge and gave me a quill
Catch a weazle asleep (I'll be hanged if I will)
for I will drink cold water when I see fit to do it
And when I want it hotter I'll add some ginger to it

Howsoever their talking such candor evinced
Of their own reformation that I was convinced
Of the evil it brings on us all as one
Says I thats OK and faith it was done
The pledge the pledge I then did sign
And left my brandy rum and wine
And joined the temperance union
And joined the temperance union

With the pledge in my pocket I strides for home
To establish society there of my own
For to put down the sarpently thing
The galls turned out and helped my to sing
O come resign your ruby wine
Ye smiling sons and daughter's
For there's nothing so good for the youthful blood
As the pure and the sparkling waters

But old deacon Simpkins he loved his cup
Of rum and molasses and he would'nt give up
He said he was willing the pledge to sign
If just allow'd to drink cider and wine
Will you, will you, will you, 
    will you come sign the pledge
Will you, will you, will you, 
    will you come sign the pledge

Now deacon said I you must come to it
With moral suasion I made him do it
By saying if he would I'd marry his daughter
And he quickly agreed to drink nothing but water
And leave his brandy, rum and porter
Sign the pledge and drink cold water
Clear the track, clear the track, 
    clear the track of rum and porter
Sign the pledge and drink cold water

Now the slickest notion I've found in my life
Was signing the pledge and it got me a wife
I'll preach against rum as long as I've breath
And the pesky old critter I'll fight until death
O that will be joyful, joyful, joyful
O that will be joyful when mankind drink no more

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