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The Yankee Man-Of-War Down in yonder valley, where I carelessly did stray I overheard a sailor unto his love did say, Susie, lovely Susie, I soon must leave this shore, To fight against Jefferson Davis on the Yankee Man-of War." "Oh Johnny dear, oh Johnny, do not go away from me! The rebels are as treacherous as any men can be, With some deadly weapon you may receive a scar Johnny, do not venture on the Yankee Man-of-War!" "Susie, lovely Susie, the truth to you I'll tell The Stars and Stripes are unfaded, us Yankees know it well, I might be crowned with glory, just like a gallant tar A-facing the foe, the rebel, on the Yankee Man-of-War." "I've fought through many a battle where shots and shells did fly, I've fought through many a battle where many a soldier lie, I've fought through many a battle where cannon loud did roar, I have fit against Jefferson Davis on the Yankee Man-of-War." Pulling out a handkerchief, then tearing it in two Saying," Here is one half of it, the same I'll give to you The shots may fly around me, cannon loud may roar I can fight against Jefferson Davis on the Yankee Man-of-War." A few more words together, then he let go her hand; The jolly crew's aboard the boat, so merrily left th land. The sailor waved his handkerchief so far away from shore, And Susie blessed her sailor on the Yankee Man-of-War." From Folk Songs of the Catskills, Cazden, Haufrecht, Studer. Collected from George Edwards RG
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