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Vicksburg 1863

I Am Going to Fight Mit Sigel

ComposerThe following was a light hearted song that was popular in the Union ranks. After the death of Gen. Lyon, Franz Sigel was a leading candidate for Lyon's replacement. Ethnic tensions rose when the job was handed to Samuel Curtis of Iowa. While it makes fun of the German volunteer, it was written by John F. Poole as a humorous attempt to defuse the situation. It was written to the same tune, as another popular song of the Union Army, “The Girl I Left Behind Me,":


Ive come shust now to tells you how I goes mit regimentals;
to schlauch dem voes of liberty like dem old Continentals,
Vot fight mit England long ago to save the Yankee Eagle,
Un now I gets miner soldier clothes, I'm going to fight mit Sigel.

CHORUS

Yah, daus is true, I shpeaks mit you. I'm going to fight mit Sigel.

Ven I comes from der Deutsche Countree, I vorks somedimes at baking,
Und den I runs a beer-saloon, und den I tries shoe-making.
But now I march mit musket out to safe dot Yankee Eagle,
Dey dress me up in soldier's clothes to go and fight mit Sigel.

CHORUS

Yah, daus is true, I shpeaks mit you. I'm going to fight mit Sigel.

I gets ein big tam rifle gun und puts him to mine shoulder,
Den I march around like a big jackhorse or maybe someding bolder;
I goes off mit de volunteers to save der Yankee Eagle;
To give dem Rebel vellers fits, I goes to fight mit Sigel.

CHORUS

Yah, daus is true, I shpeaks mit you. I'm going to fight mit Sigel.

For rations dey gives salty pork. I dinks dat vas a great sell;
I petter likes der sauerkraut, der Schnitzel-kase und bretzel.
If Fighting Joe will give us dem, ve'll save der Yankee Eagle,
Und I'll put mine vrou in breech-a-loons to go and fight mit Sigel.

CHORUS

Yah, daus is true, I shpeaks mit you. I'm going to fight mit Sigel.

Dem Deutschen mens mit Sigel's band at fighting got no rival;
Und ven Cheff Davis mens ve meet, ve schlauch em like de devil.
Der's only von ting vot ve fear ven pattling for der Eagle,
Ve vont get not no lager beer ven ve goes to fight mit Sigel.

 

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- Midi file produced by Barry Taylor.
- This page created by Scott K. Williams

Copyright 1999-2012. Scott K. Williams, Florissant, MO

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