Public Law 86-272, We Hardly Knew Ye

"Ye're an armless, boneless, chicken-less egg You'll have to be left with a bowl out to beg Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye. . ."  You would know the tune to these lyrics to Oh Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye from its later appropriation for When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.  In the original 1867 song penned by English music hall notable Joseph B. Geoghegan, the protagonist went off to war. There, he proceeded to lose limbs—arms, legs, and in some versions, even eyes! That...