Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) - Alternate Take cover

Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then) - Alternate Take
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Verse 1
Heart-carved tree trunk, Yankee bayonet
A sweetheart left behind
Far from the hills of the sea-swelled Carolinas
That's where my true love lies
Verse 2
Look for me when the sun-bright swallow
Sings upon the birch bough high
But you are in the ground with the voles and the weevils
All a'chew on your bones so dry
Verse 3
But when the sun breaks
To no more bulletin battle-cry
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then
Verse 4
I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
Then
Verse 5
When I was a girl how the hills of Oconee
Made a seam to hem me in
There at the fair when our eyes caught, careless
Got my heart right pierced by a pin
Verse 6
But oh, did you see all the dead of Manassas
All the bellies and the bones and the bile
Though I lingered here with the blankets barren
And my own belly big with a child
Verse 7
But when the sun breaks
To no more bulletin battle-cry
Then will you make a grave
For I will be home then
Verse 8
I will be home then
I will be home then
I will be home then
Verse 9
Stems and bones and stone walls too
Could keep me from you
Scaly skin is all too few
To keep me from you
Verse 10
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

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