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The National Music of America. 225
With as choice a British crew, As a rammer ever drew, Could flog the Frenchmen two to one so handy, oh!
When this frigate hove in view,
Says proud Dacres to his crew, " Come clear the decks for action and be handy, oh!
To the weather gage, boys, get her,"
And to make his men fight better, Gave them to drink gunpowder mixed with brandy, oh 1
Then Dacres loudly cries,
" Make this Yankee ship your prize, You can in thirty minutes, neat and handy, oh!
Twenty-five's enough I'm sure,
And if you'll do it in a score, I'll treat you to a double share of brandy, oh! "
The British shot flew hot,
Which the Yankees answered not,
Till they got within the distance they called handy, oh ! " Now," says Hull unto his crew, " Boys, let's see what we can do,
If we take this boasting Briton we're the dandy," oh!
The first broadside we pour'd
Carried her mainmast by the board, Which made this lofty frigate look abandoned, oh 1
Then Dacres shook his head,
And to his officers said, " Lord! I didn't think those Yankees were so handy," oh !
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