Monitor and Merrimac

Melody - "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

I'm going to sing a song,
I won't 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!

2. Hip a Dooden Do,
Jeff. Davis, how are you?
Our Monitor beat your Merrimac
Quite handy, O!
Erricson he's around; in the world,
There can't be found,
A people like the
Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

3. 'Twas on the Eighth of March,
The Merrimac slipped out,
From Norfolk, for to take
A cruise so handy, O!
She did not think, she'd meet
Any thing in our fleet,
Able to give her
Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

4. She went rushing round,
Smashing everything 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!

5. For the Yorktown and the other,
They'd be little bother,
To smask and break them both
Up so handy, O!
For our gunboats they would do
To rip them through and through,
While the sailors they'd sing,
Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

6. 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!

7. 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
Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!

8. 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!

From Civil War Song Sheets, Series 1, Volume 2.

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