The Monitor and Merrimac



The Monitor and Merrimac.

I’m going to sing a song, I wont detain you long;
If you listen, I will tell you how so handy, O!
The Monitor went smack up to the Merrimac,
And upon her sides played: Yankee Doodle dandy, O!

’Twas on the Eighth of March, the Merrimac sliped out
From Norfolk, for to take a cruize so handy, O!
She did not think she’d meet any thing, in our fleet,
Able to give her: Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

She went rushing round, smashing every thing she found,
Till the Monitor came sailing in, so handy, O!
And Worden stopped her fun, soon made her cut and run,
While the shells they whistled: Yankee Doodle dandy, O!

For the Yorktown and the other, they’d be little bother
To smash and break them both up, so handy, O!
For our gun-boats they would do to rip them through and through,
While the sailors they’d sing: Yankee Doodle dandy, O!

The Merrimac was Some, till the Monitor she come,
And opened up her little ports so handy, O!
Then, the shot did fly, till the Merrimac’s men did cry:
Here’s the Devil, sure, or Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

To Jeff this ought to show: that this Monster is no go,
And that Mechanics, in the North, are very handy, O!
That he must surrender soon, or we’ll blow him to the moon
With inventions of our Yankees’ Doodle Dandy. O!

Now, Boys, let us cheer the men that don’t know fear,
That worked that little battery, so handy, O!
They deserve well of us all, let us pray that none may fall!
May they live long to sing: Yankee doodle Dandy, O!

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