78. the happy land of Canaan: a New Version, Dedicated to the Third Iowa boys.If you listen to my song,
I'll not detain you long,
And will give you no cause for complaining;
You may join me in a shout,
When I've told you about
The doings in our happy land of Canaan.
chorus — Hip! hip! hip!
Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!
Our colors are well worth sustaining;
From them we'll never fly,
But we'll conquer or we'll die,
In defence of our happy land of Canaan.
The greatest peril yet,
By which our country's been beset,
In this civil war which now is reigning;
There's but one thing left to do,
We must whip the rebel crew,
And drive them from the happy land of Canaan.
Way down in old Missouri,
There's where General Lyon fell,
And died where the bullets were a-raining;
He left his gallant band,
With brave Sigel in command,
Now he's happy in a better land of Canaan.
Col. Mulligan's brigade,
They were never yet afraid,
Fought at Lexington five days without complaining;
Fed the rebels shell and shot,
Till they out of water got,
Then surrendered up their happy land of Canaan.
There's the “Dutch Company,”
Who are fighting for the free,
When in battle every nerve they are straining;
When it comes to run away,
They will tell you, “Nix furstay!”
They're an honor to our happy land of Canaan.
I will tell you in my song,
How our boys get along,
Who under Colonel Williams are a-training;
They are all brave and true,
And they stick like “Spaulding's Glue,”
When fighting for our happy land of Canaan.
When our gallant little band
Once arrives in “Dixie's land,”
The traitor's cause, you'll see, will soon be waning;
Our boys with basswood swords,
They would fight the rebel hordes,
And drive them from our happy land of Canaan.
Now my song is nearly done,
But I'll tell you every one,
You've a cause that is well worth maintaining;
Just tell the rebel horde,
You're the up-and-ready Third,
From Iowa in the happy land of Canaan.