1381. There's a battle song to sing

1 There's a battle song to sing,
An alarm bell loud to ring;
There's a drumbeat to be heard,
And a nation to be stirred;
Strike the key note, ring it out,
Send it with a loyal shout
Send it with a loyal shout;
Loud and long, loud and long, loud and long;
Strike the key note bold and strong.

2 Think it not a skirmish light,
'Tis to be a nation's fight!
Cities, towns, shall feel the stroke,
Hills be darkened with the smoke,
Horse and foot in battle heat
Shall together clashing meet,
Shall together clashing meet;
Not in play, not in play, not in play;
It shall be a sturdy fray.

3 Hail! Columbia, dare to be
God's peculiar land and free;
Brothers, let the key note ring,
Mothers, pray, and children, sing;
Drive the traffic to the wall;
Prohibition! shout it, all,
Prohibition! shout it, all;
Pray and vote! pray and vote, pray and vote,
And ring out a grand key note.

Text Information
First Line: There's a battle song to sing
Author: Dwight Williams
Publication Date: 1886
Topic: Bible Songs: Temperance Songs
Tune Information
Composer: W. J. Bostwick
Key: G Major or modal

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