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' Oh ! keep your sword,' says Hull, ' For it only makes you dull; Cheer up,—and take a little drink Of brandy, O !'
Come ! fill your glasses full!
And we'll drink ' To Captain Hull,
And so merrily we'll push about
The brandy, O ! John Bull may toast his fill! But let the world say what it will, The Yankee boy for fighting
Is the dandy, O !
The Chesapeake so bold,
Out of Boston, we've been told,
Came to take the "British frigate
Neat and handy, O ! All the people of the port They came out to see the sport, And the bands were playing
' Yankee doodle dandy, O !'
The British frigate's name, Which for the purpose came Of cooling Yankee courage
Neat and handy, O ! Was the Shannon—Captain Broke. All her crew were hearts of oak, And at fighting they're allowed to be
The dandy, O !
Now before the fight begun, The Yankees with much fun, Said they'd take the British frigate
Neat and handy, O ! And after that they'd dine, Treat their sweethearts all with wine, And the band should play up
' Yankee doodle dandy, O !'