Musical Interlude: “Oh, I’m a Good Ol’ Rebel”, by the 2nd South Carolina String Band

04 May

Deo Vindice.

O, I’m a good old Rebel,
Now that’s just what I am,
For this “Fair Land of Freedom”
I do not care a damn;
I’m glad I fit against it —
I only wish we’d won,
And I don’t want no pardon
For anything I done.

I hates the Constitution,
This Great Republic too,
I hates the Freedman’s Buro,
In uniforms of blue;
I hates the nasty eagle,
With all his brags and fuss,
The lyin’, thievin’ Yankees,
I hates ’em wuss and wuss.

I hates the Yankee nation
And everything they do,
I hates the Declaration
Of Independence too;
I hates the glorious Union —
‘Tis dripping with our blood —
I hates their striped banner,
I fit it all I could.

I followed old mass’ Robert
For four year, near about,
Got wounded in three places
And starved at Pint Lookout;
I cotch the rheumatism
A campin’ in the snow,
But I killed a chance of Yankees,
I’d like to kill some mo’.

Three hundred thousand Yankees
Is stiff in Southern dust;
We got three hundred thousand
Before they conquered us;
They died of Southern fever
And Southern steel and shot,
I wish they was three million
Instead of what we got.

I can’t take up my musket
And fight ’em now no more,
But I ain’t going to love ’em,
Now that is sarten sure;
And I don’t want no pardon
For what I was and am,
I won’t be reconstructed
And I don’t care a damn.


Posted by on May 4, 2015 in America, Fuck Yeah!, music, poetry, The Kulturkampf


8 responses to “Musical Interlude: “Oh, I’m a Good Ol’ Rebel”, by the 2nd South Carolina String Band

  1. A.B Prosper

    May 4, 2015 at 2:57 am

    That’s Hoyt Axton on vocals if anyone is wondering.

  2. Eric

    May 4, 2015 at 5:01 am

    “For this fair land of freedom, I don’t give a damn”

    “I hate the Constitution, this great Republic too.”

    “I hate the Yankee nation and everything they do”

    “I hate the Declaration of Independence too”

    “I hate this glorious Union…their striped banner too/”

    “I killed a chance of Yankees and wish I’d killed some more”

    These lyrics sound like something those Anarcho-tards who were rioting in Seattle all weekend would be chanting. They don’t care for any of these things either.

  3. Will S.

    May 4, 2015 at 5:54 am

    True, but that’s because they hate everything about America. The Confederates simply wanted to carve their own nation out of it, and keep slavery. The protagonist in this song is simply vengeful and bitter, but defiant.

    I’m not a neo-Confederate; I just like the spirit of defiance in this song.

  4. Patrick B.

    May 5, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Great song. Love the 2nd South Carolina String Band.

    Hey Will, I have a question entirely unrelated to Civil War music. I remember a blog post written by a fellow whom I believe was Eastern Orthodox who said something like “the age of evangelization is over.” I think I remember seeing it linked from your blog but can’t find it. Does that sound familiar to you? Sorry for the sparse details, but if you happen to remember it could you tell me where to find it? Thanks.

  5. Will S.

    May 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    @ Patrick B.: Oh yeah! I have long enjoyed that song, but only recently discovered these guys, though I had heard their music without realizing it in Gods and Generals. Great band.

    I don’t remember off the top of my head; I’ve linked lots of stuff from here, sorry. 🙂

    There are a few friends of this blog who are E.O.; perhaps it was one of them, perhaps they will remember and help you out.

  6. Patrick

    May 8, 2015 at 1:52 am

    @Will S no worries. I’ll probably find it eventually.

    If you wanta have a good time, join the cavalry, join the cavalry, join the cavalry, if you wanta catch the devil if you wanta smell hell, join the cavalry!


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