The lyrics to When Johnny Comes Marching Home look forward to the celebrations that will take place when soldiers fighting in the American Civil War return home. The tune is traditional.
The lyrics presented her are the original ones written in 1863 by American bandleader Patrick Gilmore, who used the penname of Louis Lambert.
Many singers now substitute new lines for “we’ll all feel gay” which has obviously changed its meaning since the song was first written.
For example, Dolly Parton changes the line to “And let the soldier have his day” on her recording on the album For God and Country. She uses different substitute lines in other verses, as do many other singers.
The chords are presented here in E Minor. Use our key converter to play the chords in other keys
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again Lyrics and Chords
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
Lyrics and chords