Southern Soldier

Brandon Davis and William McPhail

Southern Soldier

I'll place my knapsack on my back


My rifle on my shoulder

I'll March away to the firing line

And kill that Yankee soldier

And kill that Yankee soldier

I'll March away to the firing line

And kill that Yankee soldier


I'll bid farewell to my wife and child

Farewell to my aged mother

And go and join in the bloody strife

Till this cruel war is over


If I am shot on battlefield

And I should not recover

Oh who will protect my wife and child

And care for my aged mother

And care for my aged mother

Oh who will protect my wife and child

And care for my aged mother

Lyrics meaning

The song means that in order to be in a war you have to have an army to fight in the said war. Also it means to not give up in the middle of war.It is the meaning of the horrors of war and why and it is bad.