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Colter Wall – Johnny Boy's Bones lyrics
Well I wish I was in the land of cotton
Old times they are not forgotten
Look away, look away, look away

[Verse 1]
Oh musket and cannon torn his gray coat
Don't he look fine and handsome
Don't he look at his most
45 in the foxhole and at this I will boast
Don't they look fine and handsome
My poor Johnny Boy's Bones

Well who will bring back my Johnny Boy's Bones
To lay beneath the trees of his Tennessee home
A box, a box made of sturdy white oak
With his arms folded up and his blue eyes all closed

[Verse 2]
Well he died for his country
And he died for his kin
And he died killing men
A most honorable sin
But them mean boys in blue
They done turned him in
When they laid him low
With a laugh and a grin

[Chorus X2]


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    The meaning that I got out of this song is that it speaks from the viewpoint of a family member (probably the widow) of a Confederate Soldier who was killed in battle during the American civil war. They say "who will bring back my Johnny boy's bones" because whenever he died, his body was not recovered by the Confederacy, and the Union soldiers placed him in a mass grave, and his remains were never found. Colter Wall, the man who sang this song does not confirm my entire theory, though he does mention in a Twitter post that the song was indeed told through the eyes of the widow of a Confederate soldier.
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    Seems very strange that a Canadian country singer would be glorifying the confederacy in this way. The first verse is what is really troublesome to me “I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times they are not forgotten.” Real shame that the lyrics are so distractingly bad/harmful considering how catchy the song is otherwise.
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