Sounding Childhood

"Marching 'round the world"

"Marching ‘Round the World" (Eddy #7)—words anonymous, music by F. Abt.  Another militant song, “marching ‘round the world” to “undo the heavy burdens, / Where want and sorrow reign” (v. 1) but which becomes specifically about the animal-welfare movement, “breaking off the fetters, / On the dumb and weary laid” (v. 2) as the chorus clearly identifies the “Band of Mercy” and, in first-person, all singers, “and we’re marching ‘round the world” (v. 4).  Abt’s tune feels almost like a college-football-team’s spirit song in its passion and energy.

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