Definition of When Johnny Comes Marching Home from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

 
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a song from the American Civil War which was popular with people on both sides. It was written in 1863 by Patrick Gilmore (1829-92) who was born in Ireland. The first verse is:
When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah! Hurrah!We'll give him a hearty welcome then, hurrah! Hurrah!The men will cheer, the boys will shout,The ladies, they will all turn out,And we'll all feel gay, when Johnny comes marching home.