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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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We no sooner had begun
Than from their guns they run,
Though before they thought they worked 'em
Neat and handy, O ! Brave Broke he waved his sword, Crying, ' Now, my lads, we'll board, And we'll stop their playing
"Yankee 'doodle dandy, O !" '
We no sooner heard the word Than we all jumped aboard And tore down the colours
Neat and handy, O ! Notwithstanding all their brag O'er the glorious British flag, At the Yankee mizen-peak
It looked the dandy, O !
Here's a health to Captain Broke, And all the hearts of oak, That took the Yankee frigate
Neat and handy, O ! And may we always prove That in fighting and in love, The true British sailor
Is the dandy, O !
On board the Shannon frigate in the merry month of May, To watch the bold Americans off Boston lights we lay. The Chesapeake lay in harbour, a frigate stout and fine, Four hundred and forty men she had, her guns were forty-nine.
Twas Captain Broke commanded us, a challenge he did write To the captain of the Chesapeake to bring her out to fight. Our captain says, ' Brave Lawrence, 'tis not from enmity, But 'tis to prove to all the world that we rule on the sea.
' Don't think, my noble captain, because you have had success
That British tars are humbled, not even in distress.
No ! we will fight like heroes our glory to maintain,
In defiance of superior size and the number of your men.'