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The Home Road (Tipperary Song) Lyrics

Lyrics & Music by John A. Carpenter (c.1917)

Sing a hymn of freedom, 
Fling the banner high! 
Sing the songs of Liberty, 
Songs that shall not die.

For the long, long road to Tipperary 
Is the road that leads me home. 
O'er hills and plains, by lakes and lanes, 
My woodlands! My cornfields! 
My Country! My Home!

In the quiet hours 
Of the starry night 
Dream the reams of far away 
Home fires burning bright.

For the long, long road to Tipperary 
Is the road that leads me home. 
O'er hills and plains, by lakes and lanes, 
My woodlands! My cornfields! 
My Country! My Home! 

Source: U.S. Army Song Book, 1918. 
Note: Tipperary is in Ireland. An earlier tune, "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary," preceded the American song. They were marching songs, expressing a longing to return home.




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