Lyrics

The Occoquan River
Baby let your hair hang low 
I'm ready, I'm ready 
The light is fading 
and the shadows are long 
I'm ready 
I feel your body tremble next to mine 
Now over river, now over time 
I'm already gone, I'm already gone 

Well, I fear no one 
I got my head held high 
I'm a fighting man from the sixty-ninth 
We learnt about death when Stonewall stood 
The Occoquan River ran red with blood 
When the day was done 

My brother Billy had his mothers eye 
He had a gentle soul but something broke inside 
He took to the fight 
just like any man 
My brother Billy was a gentleman 

Baby let your hair hang low 
I'm ready, I'm ready 
The light is fading 
and the shadows are long 
I'm ready 
I feel your body tremble next to mine 
Now over river, now over time 
I'm already gone, I'm already gone 

We took some prisoners late in sixty-five 
We marched them north along the Ohio line 
They were hungry, they were beaten 
They were barely alive 
My brothers sword hung by his side 
One them rebs keeled over and fell 
Billy was on him like a hound of hell 
I just stood there with my hands by my side 
Billy slit that boys throat 
Right in front of my eyes 

Baby let your hair hang low 
I'm ready, I'm ready 
The light is fading 
and the shadows are long 
I'm ready 
I feel your body tremble next to mine 
Now over river, now over time 
I'm already gone, I'm already gone