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  1. Would you like to hear my song? I'm afraid it's rather long
  2. Of the famous "On to Richmond" double trouble,
  3. Of the half-a-dozen trips and half-a-dozen slips
  4. And the very latest bursting of the bubble.
  5. 'Tis pretty hard to sing and  like a round, round ring
  6. 'Tis a dreadful knotty puzzle to unravel;
  7. Though all the papers swore, when we touched Virginia's shore
  8. That Richmond was a hard road to travel.
  9.  
  10. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  11. For Richmond is a hard road to travel
  12. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve
  13. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe.
  14.  
  15. First, MacDowell , bold and gay, set forth the shortest way,
  16. By Manassas in the pleasant summer weather,
  17. But unfortunately ran on a Stonewall, foolish man,
  18. And had a "rocky journey" altogether;
  19. And he found it rather hard to ride over Beauregard,
  20. And Johnston proved a deuce of a bother,
  21. And 'twas clear beyond a doubt that he didn't like the route,
  22. And a second time would have to try another.
  23.  
  24. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  25. Manassas is a hard road to travel;
  26. Manassas gave us fits, and Bull Run made us grieve,
  27. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe!
  28.  
  29. Next came the Wooly-Horse, with an overwhelming force,
  30. To march down to Richmond by the Valley,
  31. But he couldn't find the road, and his "onward movement" showed
  32. His campaigning was a mere shilly-shally.
  33. Then Commissary Banks, with his motley foreign ranks,
  34. Kicking up a great noise, fuss, and flurry,
  35. Lost the whole of his supplies, and with tears in his eyes,
  36. From the Stonewall ran away in a hurry
  37.  
  38. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  39. For the Valley is a hard road to travel;
  40. The Valley wouldn't do and we all had to leave,
  41. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe !
  42.  
  43. Then McClellan followed soon, both with spade and balloon,
  44. To try the Peninsular approaches,
  45. But one and all agreed that his best rate of speed
  46. Was no faster than the slowest of "slow coaches."
  47. Instead of easy ground, at Williamsburgs, he found,
  48. A Longstreet indeed, and nothing shorter,
  49. And it put him in the dumps, that spades wasn't trumps,
  50. And the Hills he couldn't level as he ordered.
  51.  
  52. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve
  53. For Longstreet is a hard road to travel -
  54. Lay down the shovel, and throw away the spade
  55. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I'm afraid!
  56.  
  57. Then said Lincoln unto Pope,
  58. "You can make the trip, I hope,
  59. I will save the Universal Yankee Nation,
  60. To make sure of no defeat, I'll leave no lines of retreat,
  61. And I'll issue a famous proclamation."
  62. But that same dreaded Jackson, this fellow laid his whacks son,
  63. And made, by compulsion, a seceder
  64. And Pope took rapid flight from Manassas’ second fight,
  65. 'Twas his very last appearance as a leader.
  66.  
  67. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  68. Stonewall is a hard road to travel;
  69. Pope did his very best, but was evidently sold,
  70. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I am told!
  71.  
  72. Last of all, Burnside, with his pontoon bridges, tried
  73. A road no one had thought of before him,
  74. With two hundred thousand men for the Rebel slaughter pen,
  75. And the blessed Union flag waving o'er him;
  76. But he met a fire like hell, of canister and shell,
  77. That mowed down his men with great slaughter,
  78. 'Twas a shocking sight to view, that second Waterloo,
  79. And the river ran with more blood than water.
  80.  
  81. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  82. Rappahannock is a hard road to travel
  83. Burnside got in a trap, which caused him for to grieve
  84. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe !
  85.  
  86. We are very much perplexed to know who is the next
  87. To command the new Richmond expedition,
  88. For the Capital must blaze, and that in ninety days,
  89. And Jeff and his men be sent to perdition.
  90. We'll take the cursed town, and then we'll burn it down,
  91. And plunder and hang up each cursed Rebel;
  92. Yet the contraband was right when he told us they would fight
  93. "Oh, yes, massa, they would fight like the devil !"
  94.  
  95. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  96. For Richmond is a hard road to travel;
  97. Then pull off your overcoat and roll up your sleeve,
  98. For Richmond is a hard road to travel, I believe!
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