The Wearing of the Grey

Something for the weekend.  The Wearing of the Grey sung  by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man battle to bring the music of the Civil War to modern audiences.

“The fearful struggle’s ended now, and peace smiles on our land
And though we’ve yielded, we have proved ourselves a faithful band.
We fought them long, we fought them well, we fought them night and day
And bravely struggled for our rights while wearin’ of the Grey!

And now that we have ceased to fight and pledged our sacred word
That we against the Union’s might no more will draw the sword
We feel despite the sneers of those who never smelled the fray
That we’ve a manly honest right to wearin’ of the Grey.

Our Cause is lost, no more we fight ‘gainst overwhelmin’ power.
All wearied are our limbs and drenched with many a battle shower.
We feign would rest for want of strength and yield them up the day
And lower the flag so proudly borne while wearin’ of the Grey.

Defeat is not dishonor; No, of honor not bereft.
We should thank God that in our breast this priceless boon is left.
And though we weep tis for those braves who stood in proud array
Beneath our flag and nobly died while wearin’ of the Grey.

When in the ranks of war we stood and faced the deadly hail
Our simple suits of Grey composed our only coats of mail.
And on those awful hours that marked the bloody battle day
In memory we will still be seen a wearin’ of the Grey.

Oh, should we reach that glorious place where waits the sparklin’ crown
For everyone who for the right his soldier’s life lay down,
God grant to us the privilege upon that happy day
Of clasping hands with those who fell a wearin’ of the Grey.”

3 Responses to The Wearing of the Grey

  1. Tito Edwards says:

    I like the tune. Reminds me of several old Irish ballads of when Ireland was a province now a nation once again.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    (Guest comment from Don’s wife Cathy): It’s an old Irish tune, used in both the songs “The Wearing of the Green” and “The Rising of the Moon.”

  3. Don the Kiwi says:

    No wonder the tune was familiar.
    Thanks Cathy.

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