Chesapeake and Shannon II 'Twas on the glorious fourth of June At ten o'clock in the forenoon That we sailed out of Boston Bay That we sailed out of Boston Bay For to fight the Chesapeake boys. The Chesapeake mounted forty-nine guns With four hundred and twenty of Columbia's picked sons, The Yankees thought they would never run, The Yankees thought they would never run They being all picked Yankee heroes. The Shannon mounted guns the same With less men but of better fame, To beat those Yankees it was their aim, To beat those Yankees it was their aim To show them, Rule Britannia. Up spoke our gallant Captain Broke, To beat those Yanks it is no joke, Your guns sponge well and make them tell, For Yankees they don't like the smell Of British balls and powder. (The ship engaged in battle and Captain Broke was slain) Bold Wallis being next in command, So boldly on the deck did stand, Saving, "Fire on brave boys, the day's our own, Since Bunker Hill brought forth a groan, The Chesapeake is falling. " But ten minutes work we had to do While Yankee bullets around us flew, We boarded her down, her colours drew, We boarded her down, her colours drew And stuck her to the Shannon. DT #748 Laws J21 From Creighton and Senior Sung by Mrs. Gallagher (tune in) SOF apr97
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