Song Name: Dear Mother

Songwriter: John Duggleby

Copyright: 2014

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Lyrics:

Dear Mother, I still live for the gleam on the barrel of my gun
A million boys in blue are about to cross the river for some fun
We will fight for liberty, we will set the Negro free
And I'll be home before the trees turn in autumn
Love forever, Charles

Dear Mother, I still live, though the rebels are much tougher than I thought
They stopped us at Bull Run, and my best friend Nathan Walker has been shot
I support our government and the fight for which we're sent
But I think the management needs a shakeup
Love forever, Charles

Dear Mother, I still live, and I don't think that the South can last for long
We'll soon parade the streets, and fill the Richmond taverns with our song
And I'll be back by early June, to plant the corn and hunt raccoon
Pick the banjo 'neath the moon, like I used to
Love forever, Charles

Dear Mother, I still live, just last week I faced a man from Tennessee
I guess we should have fought, but he wants to end this war as much as me
So we set a time and place, closed the deal with an embrace
Then a Bullet found his face, so much for timing
Love forever, Charles

Dear Mother, I still live, you have probably heard we're marching to the sea
That's what the papers say as we stagger toward their front-page victory
We chase plantation girls around as we burn the big house down
But I'll soon be back in town, if I'm lucky
Love forever, Charles

Dear Mother, I still live, and the good news is that I will be home soon
The bad news is my leg, they removed it in this hospital room
Now my head spins as I lie on the cot and wonder why
And I feel like I could fly across these mountains--fly away, home

Dear Mrs. Nightingale, it is with deep regret I must inform you…