The Plains of Mexico or Santa Anna

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Capstan Chanty

O, Santa Anna fought for fame,
Hooray, Santa Anna!
He fought for fame and gained his name,
Along the plains of Mexico!

2. General Taylor gained the day,
Hooray, Santa Anna!
And Santa Anna ran away,
Along the plains of Mexico!


The Santa Anna refrain probably has a Negro origin. Southern American negroes often adopted the name of the famous Mexican general Santa Ana as a song burden. But it has been suggested that the phrase really derives from a seaman's prayer to Sainte Anne, the patron saint of Breton seamen. The song also became a campfire favourite with men of America's wild west.

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