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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
A Yankee Ship and a Yankee Crew
By J. S. Jones
 
A YANKEE ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know;
O’er the bright blue waves like a sea-bird flew;
  Sing hey aloft and alow.
Her wings are spread to the fairy breeze,        5
  The sparkling spray is thrown from her prow;
Her flag is the proudest that floats on the seas,
  Her homeward way she’s steering now.
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know;        10
O’er the bright blue waves like a sea-bird flew;
  Sing hey aloft and alow.
 
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know;
With hearts on board both gallant and true,        15
  The same aloft and alow,
The blacken’d sky and the whistling wind,
  Foretell the quick approach of the gale;
A home and its joys flit o’er each mind
  Husbands! lovers! “on deck there,” a sail.        20
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know:
Distress is the word,—God speed them through;
  Bear a hand, aloft and alow.
 
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,        25
  Tally hi ho, you know;
The boats all clear, the wreck we now view,
  “All hands” aloft and alow.
A ship is his throne, the sea his world,
  He ne’er sheers from a shipmate distressed;        30
All’s well—the reef’d sails again are unfurl’d,
  O’er the swell he is cradled to rest.
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know;
Storm past, drink to “wives and sweethearts” too,        35
  All hands! aloft and alow.
 
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
  Tally hi ho, you know,
Freedom defends, and the land where it grew—
  We’re free—aloft and alow.        40
Bearing down is a foe in regal pride,
  Defiance floating at each mast head;
One’s a wreck—and she bears that floats alongside
  The stars and stripes, to victory wed.
For a Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,        45
  Tally hi ho, you know,
Ne’er strikes to a foe while the sky is blue,
  Or a tar’s aloft or alow.
 
 
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