THE GRANT PILL Words by Harriet L. Castle Music by J.C. Beckel

You see, my jolly comrades, we are ripe and prime for battle; We heeded not the cannon's roar nor grape shot's stinging rattle. We were sworn to death or victory for our Union, God defend her; And to only take from rebels unconditional surrender. CHORUS: Unconditional, unconditional, unconditional surrender! Amidst the din of warfare and the shrieks of hosts a-dying, We heard a shout of triumph, saw the flag of truce a-flying; And we knew the rebel leader a petition came to tender, But our gallant General Granted unconditional surrender. CHORUS "'Tis unchivalric treatment to a man in my condition, But I yield me," said their leader, so our armies gained admission. Then our flag went up instanter, as she must, when braves defend her, And while leaders have this war cry: "Unconditional surrender!" CHORUS Hurrah! then for our Union, our Flag and Constitution; While we've hands and hearts for battle we will have no dissolution. Hurrah! then for our Union, peace and liberty attend her; And henceforth be this our war cry: "Unconditional surrender!" CHORUS

Thanks to Benjamin Tubb of
The Music of the American Civil War (1861-1865)
for permission to use his MIDI file of
The Grant Pill.
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Songs of the Union