American Old Time Song Lyrics: 41 Vigilant And Valkyrie

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By Grace Carleton.
Tune-"The Cat Came Back"

Oh, she sailed o'er the water, did the famous Valkyrie,­"Go and beat the Vigilant," old Johnny Bull Bays he;
"For we want that Cup again, we'll show the Yankee crew
That we still shall be the rulers of the bounding billows blue!"

But the Cap stays here, spite of jib and spanker,
Yes, the Cup stays here, their sailing was slack!
The Cap stays here, tho' for it they hanker;
Oh, the Cap stays here, for they couldn't take it back!

In the first heat we beat 'em, but they said the wind was bad,­"Why, it's only just a 'fluke,' we British are not sad.
Give us just a rousing breeze, and then we'll show you how
We will beat you on the merits, for you'll never see our bow!" -Chorus.

But in all sorts of weather did we show that naught afloat
Ever was the equal of our good old Yankee boat;
For the mighty race we won, in one grand final spin,
Tho' they struggled on, like demons, for the Valkyrie to win.- Chorus.

Mere's success to the victors on the Vigilant so bold!
For upon the billows blue supremacy they hold.
And when next again they try, may we beat them once more,
And still hold what the America won in the days of yore!- Chorus.
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