Going Home

Something for the weekend.  The haunting lyrics of Going Home movingly sung by Mary Fahl, the introduction to the movie Gods and Generals.

They say there’s a place , where dreams have all gone
They never said where, but I think I know
Its miles through the night just over the dawn
On the road that will take me home

I know in my bones, I’ve been here before
The ground feels the same, though the land’s been torn
I’ve a long way to go, the stars tell me so
On this road that will take me home.

Love waits for me round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And I know what I’ve lost, and all that I won
when the road finally takes me home

And when I pass by , don’t lead me astray
Don’t try and stop me , don’t stand in my way
I’m bound for the hills where cool waters flow
on this road that will take me home

Love waits for me round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And we’ll know what we’ve lost and all that we’ve won
when the road finally takes me home.

I’m going home
I’m going home
I’m going home


10 Responses to Going Home

  1. Joe Hargrave says:

    Ah, I have to say, this is actually the best part of Gods & Generals.

    Did anyone else find it a little preachy and long-winded? Stonewall Jackson goes into these soliloques and becomes attached to this little girl…

    Gettysburg was better. But I do like this song, and the video with the flags.

    Guess that makes me a fascist! Heil!

  2. Joe Hargrave says:

    The 20th Maine’s defense of Little Round Top is one the most glorious moments in history.

  3. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Gods and Generals could have used a lot of cutting Joe as a theatrical release. On DVD where you can take your time watching it over a few days it works better.

    The firefight between the 20th Maine and the 15th and 47th Alabama under Colonel William C. Oates was the stuff of legend. The film captures this engagement well. After the war Oates went on to serve seven terms in Congress, one term as Governor of Alabama and was a Brigadier General in the US Army during the Spanish-American war.

    After the war Oates wrote about this fight and paid this tribute to the 20th Maine: “There was no better regiment in the Confederate Army than the 15th Alabama, and if it failed to carry any point against which it was thrown, no other single regiment need try it. It fought hard and persistently. The other regiments of the brigade did their duty at Gettysburg, but the 15th struck the hardest knot. There never were harder fighters than the 20th Maine and their gallant Colonel. His skill and persistence and the great bravery of his men saved Little Round Top, and the Army of the Potomac, from defeat. Great events sometimes turn on comparatively small affairs.”

  4. I saw Gettysburg for the first time recently and really enjoyed it, after reading The Killer Angels.

    Working out of order, I read The Last Full Measure, but I haven’t read or watched Gods and Generals yet.

  5. Jay Anderson says:

    Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band, “Dixieland”:

  6. T. Shaw says:

    Col. Chamberlain’s description of the bayonet charge at Gettysburg:

    “Not a moment was about to be lost! Five minutes more of such a defensive and the last roll call would sound for us! Desperate as the chances were, there was nothing for it but to take the offensive. I stepped to the colors. The men turned towards me. One word was enough- ‘BAYONETS!’ It caught like fire and swept along the ranks. The men took it up with a shout, one could not say whether from the pit or the song of the morning sat, it was vain to order ‘Forward!’. No mortal could have heard it in the mighty hosanna that was winging the sky. The whole line quivered from the start; the edge of the left-wing rippled, swung, tossed among the rocks, straightened, changed curve from scimitar to sickle-shape; and the bristling archers swooped down upon the serried host – down into the face of half a thousand! Two hundred men!

    “It was a great right wheel. Our left swung first, the advancing foe stopped, tried to make a stand amidst the trees and boulders, but the frenzied bayonets pressing through every space forced a constant settling to the rear. Morrill with his detached company and the remnants of our valorous sharpshooters… now fell upon the flank of the retiring crowd. At the first dash the commanding officer I happened to confront, coming on fiercely (with) sword in hand and big navy revolver (in) the other, fires one barrel almost in my face. But seeing the quick saber point at his throat, reverses arms, gives sword and pistol into my hands and yields himself prisoner.

    “Ranks were broken; some retired before us somewhat hastily; some threw their muskets to the the ground – even loaded; sunk on their knees, threw up their hands calling out, ‘We surrender. Don’t kill us!’ As if we wanted to do that! We kill only to resist killing. And these were manly men, whom we could befriend and by no means kill, if they came our way in peace and good will.

    “Charging right through and over these we struck the second line of the Forty-seventh Alabama doing their best to stand, but offering little resistance. Their Lieutenant Colonel as I passed—and a fine gentleman was Colonel Bulger—introduced himself as my prisoner, and as he was wounded, I had him cared for as best we could. Still swinging to the right as a great gate on its hinges, we swept the front clean of assailants.”

    BONUS (contained in neither book nor movie, but noteworthy):

    Minnesota at Gettysburg:

    “The pivot of American history turns on the second day at Gettysburg, and, while thousands of men fought gallantly on both sides that day, there were two points where the fate of the world, really, hung in the balance. The first was at Little Round Top, where Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s 20th Maine held off Confederate attacks throughout the day. The second came late in the afternoon, when the Confederates attacked the center of the Union line, which had been stripped almost bare as Union generals sent more and more troops to defend the southern part of the line. It was in the center that the First Minnesota made its famous suicide charge, attacking onrushing Confederates who outnumbered the Minnesotans fifteen to one in a desperate effort to gain time to reinforce the Union line. The regiment suffered a casualty rate exceeding 80 percent, but succeeded beyond General Hancock’s expectations, as they not only purchased with their lives the critical minutes needed to reinforce the Union line, but stopped the Confederate advance in its tracks. No unit of the United States Army has ever exceeded the First Minnesota for gallantry and courage.”

    Grantland Rice: “When the One Great Scorer comes to write against you name, he notes not whether you won or lost; but how you played the game.”

    Now, I anticipate your vox nova/maniacs chiming in with hackneyed, hate-America dialectotomies.

  7. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Colonel Chamberlain was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 11, 1893 for the leadership and heroism he showed at Little Round Top.Color Sergeant Andrew J. Tozier of the 20th Maine also received a Medal of Honor for his heroism that day.

  8. gtb says:

    thx for posting the words to this…my viet-vet spouse will sit & replay just that part of Gods & Generals so he can hear this music so I know he’d like having a copy of the lyrics but, sad to say, I can’t copy & paste posts on your site. Can you tell me why not?

  9. Donald R. McClarey says:

    I am not sure gtb. Go to the link below for the lyrics, and I hope you can copy them from that site. I thank your spouse for his service to our country.


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