The Yankee Man-of-War

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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."

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. A few more words together,
Then he let go her hand;
The jolly crew's aboard the boat,
So merrily left the 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

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