The Cruel War
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Barry Taylor

I first heard The Cruel War on a Peter, Paul and Mary album. My source traces it back to the American Civil War, but it's likely based on an older English tune.

There is another set of lyrics at The Cruel War (2). There are, of course, many others.

The cruel war is raging
Johnny has to fight
I want to be with him
From morning till night

I'm counting the minutes
The hours and the days,
Oh Lord, stop the cruel war,
For this, my heart prays.

I made my decision,
I will join up too,
Oh Johnny, dear Johnny,
I'll soon be with you.

We women are fighters,
We can help you win,
Oh Johnny, I'm hoping,
That they'll take me in.

Repeat first verse

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