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The Chesapeake and The Shannon
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My modern day re-write of a traditional song from the war of 1812. I buggered around with the meter and added an original bridge. The arrangement is inspired by UK folk Rock band STEELEYE SPAN
Rock - Folk Rock
Previous peak charts position #28
Previous peak charts position in subgenre #3
Brian Morton
SOCAN
May 26, 2009
MP3 3.8 MB
128 kbps bitrate
4:08 minutes
Story behind the song
During the war of 1812 - Americans and Canadians found each other on opposing sides. There are many songs that celebrate US victories. Here's one where our side wins! Recorded in the style of UK folk Rock band STEELEYE SPAN
Lyrics
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, for which 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 their 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"... Three cheers my brave men, Let your ardour bespeak, And give them a taste of your cannon! And soon they shall know that the proud Chesapeake, Shall lower her flag to the Shannon... 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 them playing Yankee Doodle Dandy-o"... Brave Broke lead the way, But fell wounded and weak, Yet exclaimed "They have run from their cannon!" Three cheers my brave boys, the proud Chesapeake, Has lowered her flag to the Shannon! (Break) We no sooner heard the word, then we all jumped aboard, And tore down their colours neat and handy-o, Notwithstanding all their brag, o'er the glorious British flag, At the Yankee mizzen-peak it looked the dandy-o... Brave Captain Broke, Though wounded and weak, He survives to ply his cannon, And his name from the shores of the wide Chesapeake, Shall resound to the banks of the Shannon... 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... Here's a health to Captain Broke and all true 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... (Break)
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