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Published in Singing Soldiers, by John Jacob Niles, 1927, from his collecting work among African-American infantrymen in France during WWI.

Andrew Calhoun, vocal
Erwin Helfer, piano
David Young, trumpet and vocal
chorus: Fred Campeau, Tony Dale, Bob Soper

Lyrics

Four million soldiers, standing side by side
Better have a mighty ship, 'cause I'm sure gonna ride
Back home to Georgia, Georgia,
Back to my beau lover gal in Georgia

Never gonna eat no more army food
Gonna get myself up like a reg'lar darktown dude
Back home in Georgia, Georgia,
Back to my beau lover gal in Georgia

I hope we will never have another damn war
'cause if we do, the drafter sure will never find me there
Back home in Georgia, Georgia,
Back to my beau lover gal in Georgia

White folks say a slacker's done carried off my skirt
If this be so I sure, Lord, will do somebody dirt
Back home in Georgia, Georgia,
Back to my beau lover gal in Georgia