1. Sitting by the roadside on a summer’s day,
Chatting with my messmates, passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees,
Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas.
Peas, peas, peas, peas, eating goober peas*,
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!
2. When a horse-man passes, the soldiers have a rule
To cry out their loudest, “Mister, here’s your mule!”
But another custom, enchanting-er than these
Is wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas. Refrain
3. Just before the battle, the General hears a row
He says “The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now.”
He turns around in wonder, and what d’ya think he sees?
The Georgia Militia, eating goober peas. Refrain
4. I think my song has lasted almost long enough.
The subject’s interesting, but the rhymes are mighty tough.
I wish the war was over, so free from rags and fleas
We’d kiss our wives and sweethearts, and gobble goober peas. Refrain
*goober pea = pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds (source)
Extras for Plus Members
- Song with chords (PDF)
- MIDI file
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