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O give us a navy of iron
Words: D. Brainerd Williamson
Music: James W. Porter

O give us a navy of iron
And to man it our Yankee lads
And we'll conquer the world's broad oceans
With our navy of iron clads
Then adieu to Britannia's power
We'll crush it whenever we please
The lion shall yeld to the eagle
And Columbia shall rule the sea's

Old England the foe of our fathers
The foe of their children today
Is gloating in hopes that our Union
In darkness is passing away
But treason shall die in its ashes
And stronger than ever before
We'll turn on the jealous old tyrant
And punish John bull at his door

And where in the wide world a nation
That could cope with out iron jacks!
We would sweep all their seas and harbors
Of their warriors and Merrimacs
Then give us a navy of iron
And we'll fling our flag to the breeze
And prove to the despots of Europe
That freedom must reign on the seas.

Refrain
O give us a navy of iron
And to man it our Yankee lads
And we'll conquer the world's broad oceans
With our navy of iron clads
Then adieu to Britannia's power
We'll crush it whenever we please
The lion shall yeld to the eagle
And Columbia shall rule the sea's


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