Just before the battle, the General hears a row.
He says "The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now!"
He looks down the roadway and what do you think he sees?
The Georgia Militia eating goober peas!
I think my song has lasted almost long enough.
The subject's interesting, but the rhymes are mighty rough.
I wish this war was over so free from rags and fleas-
We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts, and gobble goober
During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers
sometimes had nothing to eat but peanuts, or "goober peas."
Most Southerners recognize
the terms "goober" and "goober pea" as other names
for the peanut. Goober is related to Kongo or Kimbundu n-guba, "peanut."
The word is especially interesting as one of a small stock of African
language borrowings brought over by slaves.
When the sheet music for this song was published, the "author" was listed
as "A. Pindar, Esq." and the composer of the tune as "P. Nutt, Esq.",
names which every Southerner immediately recognized as synonyms for