Home » Song Lyrics » When Johnny comes marching home

When Johnny comes marching home

When Johnny comes marching home lyrics (1863) – written by Louis Lambert

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again is a popular song from the American Civil War that expressed people’s longing for the return of their friends and family who were fighting in the war.  The song or its melody has also been used in many movie soundtracks, including Cavalcade, Gone with the Wind, The Great DictatorFor Me and My GalYankee Doodle DandyStalag 17, The Horse Soldiers, How The West Was Won, Dr. StrangeloveRun, Man, RunThe Crazies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Born on the Fourth of JulyJoe Versus the Volcano, Die Hard with a Vengeance The Second Civil WarAntz, and The Majestic.

When Johnny comes marching home again, hooray, hooray
We’ll give him a hearty welcome then, hooray, hooray
All the men will cheer, and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we’ll all feel gay when Johnny comes marching home

The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses, they will strew the way,
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We’ll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah, hurrah!
Their choicest pleasures then display,
Hurrah, hurrah!
And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior’s heart,
And we’ll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.