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Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) Lyrics

Soldier: Heart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
A sweetheart left behind
Girl: Far from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
That's where my true love lies

Soldier: Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
Sings upon the birch bough high
Girl: But you are in the ground with the wolves and the weevils
All a'chew on your bones so dry

Both: But when the sun breaks
To no more bullets in Battle Creek
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then

I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
Then

Girl: When I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
Made a seam to hem me in
Soldier: There at the fair, when our eyes caught careless
Got my heart right pierced by a pin

Soldier: But oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
All the bellies and the bones and the bile?
Girl: No, I lingered here with the blankets barren
And my own belly big with child

Both: But when the sun breaks
To no more bullets in Battle Creek
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then

I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then

Soldier: Stems and bones and stone walls too
Both: Keep me from you
Soldier: This skein of skin is all too few
Both: To keep me from you

Both: But oh my love, though our bodies may be parted
Though our skin may not touch skin
Look for me with the sun-bright sparrow
I will come on the breath of the wind

Songwriter(s): Colin Meloy
Copyright: Osterozhna! Music, Music Of Stage Three
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