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Missionary Ridge

This song is by Shovels & Rope and appears on the album Little Seeds (2016).

It was a faction of the Army of the Cumberland
The 15th Army Corps
Just a few years back they were a bunch of boys
Who'd never left home before

But the shame of Chickamauga
So hungry they could almost die
Without any order from the general
They clambered up the mountainside
(Clambered up the mountainside)

Don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge
Don't call to arms those poltergeists, open up the casket lids
You'll wake those boys to wander among the old carnage
So don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge

On the 25th of November
It happened in the broad daylight
Gazing down on Chattanooga
Bragg did not foresee the fight

Outnumbered by the Blue Coats two to one
He tucked his tail to flee
The Union broke the Confederate line
And marched south to the sea
(Marched south to the sea)

Don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge
Don't call to arms those poltergeists, open up the casket lids
You'll wake those boys to wander among the old carnage
So don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge

Ooh ooh ooh
Ooh ooh ooh

In the stillness of the morning
When you breathe that mountain air
The chill that you will feel
Reminds you of what happened there

When the light drips down the mountain
And the fog lifts from its face
The darkness of that memory lies buried at a sunny place

Don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge
Don't call to arms those poltergeists, open up the casket lids
You'll wake those boys to wander among the old carnage
So don't go whistling Dixie on Missionary Ridge

Ooh ooh ooh

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