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Just Before The Battle Mother

This song is by Ernest Pike and appears on the compilation Over There! (2011).

Just before the battle, Mother, I am thinking most of you
While upon the field we're watching, with the enemy in view
Comrades brave are 'round me lying, filled with thoughts of home and God
For well they know that on the morrow, some will sleep beneath the sod

Farewell, Mother, you may never press me to your breast again
But, oh, you'll not forget me, Mother, if I'm numbered with the slain

Oh, I long to see you, Mother, and the loving ones at home
But I'll never leave our banner till in honor I can come
Tell the traitors all around you that their cruel words we know
In every battle kill our soldiers by the help they give the foe
Farewell, Mother, you may never press me to your breast again
But, oh, you'll not forget me, Mother, if I'm numbered with the slain

Hark! I hear the bugles sounding, 'tis the signal for the fight
Now, may God protect us, Mother, as He ever does the right
Hear "The Battle Cry of Freedom," how it swells upon the air
Oh, yes, we'll rally 'round the standard, or we'll nobly perish there

Farewell, Mother, you may never press me to your breast again
But, oh, you'll not forget me, Mother, if I'm numbered with the slain

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