A New Song

 

Composed By James Campbell,

A Boatswain's Mate, On Board TheCONSTITUTION.

 

 

Come all ye yankee [sic] heroes come listen to my song,

I'll tell you of a bloody fight before that it be long,

Twas of the Constitution from Boston she set sail,

To cruise along the coast my boys our rights for to maintain,

†† So come rouze [sic] ye yankee tars, let it never be said,

†† That the sons of America should ever be afraid.

 

Captain Hull our bold commander of courage stout and bold,

To cruise all for those Englishmen and scorns to be control'd,

We cruis'd the seas for several days, and nothing we did see,

At length we took three merchantmen and happy then was we,

†† Then come rouze ye yankee tars, firm united let us be,

†† Resolv'd to drive those Englishmen from the coast ofAmerica.

 

We had not sailed many leagues, the truth you now shall hear,

Till we fell in with a frigate, and she prov'd the Guerriere,

We came up along side of her, and they were forc'd to beg,

And glad was Captain Dacres, to put the boot on 'tother leg,

†† So come rouze yankee tars, let it never be said,

†† That the sons of America shall ever be afraid.

 

She gave us two broad‑sides, and long did they fall short,

And our brave yankee heroes, gave three cheers at the sport,

We called for our Captain, along side for to lye,

Never mind my hearty fellows a little nearer we will try,

†† So come rouze ye yankee tars, firm united let us be,

†† Resolv'd to fight, or nobly die, for the rights of America.

 

Charles Morris our first lieutenant, a man of courage brave,

He narrowly escaped finding a watery grave,

He being badly wounded, when on the deck he fell,

They carried him to the quarter‑deck, he cry'd now fight them well,

†† So come now my yankee tars, with your hearts and hands agree,

†† Resolv'd to fight and conquer for the rights of America.

 

We laid along‑side thirty minutes or little more,

We engaged them full hot my boys, and made them quake for fear,

And when her yards and masts came down, she prov'd the Guerriere,

†† Now come arouze ye yankee boys, united let us be,

†† Resolv'd to fight or perish, for the rights of America.

 

She was mann'd and fitted out with her few chosen boys,

With intent to fight the President, and make of her a prize,

She had a hogshead of switchel made for us, and a rope to take us in tow,

They little thought at seeing us, she'd get her fatal blow,

†† So come rouze ye yankee tars, full contented let us be,

†† To stand firm and united round the branch of the liberty tree.

 

May success attend our officers, both old as well as young,

May every good luck go with them wherever they may come,

And Captain HULL to conquer wherever he does go,

And to all our yankee officers, that in the boat will go,

†† But happy are the seamen, that's united still and free,

†† We are the boys that fears no noise, success to liberty.

 

Now to conclude my boys, and finish with my song,

I [am the] boatswains‑mate, unto said ship I do belong,

I wrote these lines to let you know how yankeys [sic] they can fight,

When their officers give command, and men of courage bright.

†† Come rouze ye yankee tars, firm united let us be,

†† Resolv'd to fight and conquer for the rights of America.

 

††††††††† ‑‑ Sold at the Corner Theatre‑Alley, Milk Street

 

The Captainís Clerk
1989, TGM