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Better Times Are Coming, song lyrics

Song: Better Times Are Coming
Lyrics: Stephen Collins Foster(1) (2)

Music: Stephen Collins Foster(1) (2)
Year: 1862(1)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA

There are voices of hope that are borne on the air,
And our land will be freed from ist clouds of despair,
For brave men and true men to battle have gone,
And good times, good times are now coming on.

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Sound the news from the din of battle booming,
Tell the people far and wide that better times are coming.

Abra'm Lincoln(3) has the army and the navy in his hands,
While Seward(4) keeps our honor bright abroad in foreign lands;
And Stanton(5) is a man, who is sturdy as a rock,
With brave men to back him up and stand the battle's shock.
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Now McClellan(6) is a leader and we'll let him take away,
For a man in his position, he should surely have his way.
Our nation's honor'd Scott, he has trusted to his might,
Your faith in McClellan put for we are shure he's right.


General Lyon(7) and Baker(8) and Ellsworth(9) now are gone,
But still we have some brave men to lead the soldiers on;
The noise of the battle will soon have died away,
And the darkness now upon us will be turn'd to happy day.


Generals Sigel(10) and Halleck(11) they have conquered in the West,
And Burnside(12), victorious, he rides the ocean's breast,
The traitors and the rebels will soon meet their doom;
Then peace and prosperity will dwell in every home.
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Captain Foote(13) is commander of the Mississippi fleet,
For his flag he strikes and makes the traitors beat a quick retreat;
With iron-clad gun-boats he makes the rebels run,
While Grant(14) makes our colors wave and glitter in the sun.


General Fremont(15) the path-finder never lags behind,
He is gone to the mountains, new pathways to find,
His voice is for freedom, and his sword is for the right,
Then hail! noble Fremont the nation's delight.
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From the land of the Shamrock there's stuff that never yields,
For we've brave Colonel Corcoran(16), and gallant General Shields(17);
From Meagher(18) soon we'll hear, for we know that he is true,
And stands for the honor of the Red, White and Blue.


Here's health to Captain Ericsson(19), the Monitor(20) and crew,
Who showed the southern chivalry a thing they never knew;
The Merrimac(21) had slayed as St. Patrick(22) did the toads,
Till Worden(23) with the Monitor came into Hampton roads(24).


1 - Published by Horace Waters, No. 481 Broadway, New York, NY.

2 - Stephen Foster (1826 - 1864) Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh, Library, Stephen Foster information from the Songwriteers Hall of Fame, and Stephen Collins Foster from the PBS series American Experience.

3 - Abraham Lincoln in Wikipedia.

4 - William H. Seward, Jr. in Wikipedia.

5 - Edwin Stanton in Wikipedia.

6 - George B. McClellan in Wikipedia.

7 - Nathaniel Lyon in Wikipedia.

8 - probably Edward Dickinson Baker in Wikipedia.

9 - Elmer E. Ellsworth in Wikipedia.

10 - Franz Sigel in Wikipedia.

11 - Henry Halleck in Wikipedia.

12 - Ambrose Burnside in Wikipedia.

13 - Andrew Hull Foote in Wikipedia.

14 - Ulysses S. Grant in Wikipedia.

15 - John C. Frémont in Wikipedia.

16 - Michael Corcoran in Wikipedia.

17 - James Shields in Wikipedia.

18 - Thomas Francis Meagher in Wikipedia.

19 - John Ericsson in Wikipedia.

20 - USS Monitor in Wikipedia.

21 - USS Merrimack in Wikipedia.

22 - Saint Patrick and the myth of the toads from

23 - John Lorimer Worden in Wikipedia.

24 - Battle of Hampton Roads in Wikipedia.