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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Old Ironsides
 
Tune—“A wet sheet and a flowing sea”

COME, Yankee lads, your flag unfold
  And while the breeze she rides,
Huzza for Captain Stewart bold,
  And his tough Old Ironsides.
The tough Old Ironsides, my boys,        5
  He steer’d o’er the stormy wave,
And gave unto the haughty foe
  A drubbing or a grave.
    Come, Yankee tars, your flag unfold,
      And while the breeze she rides,        10
    Huzza for Captain Stewart bold,
      And his tough Old Ironsides.
 
From north to south he roved the sea,
  To lay oppression low,
And gave the sons of Tripoli        15
  A freeman’s vengeful blow.
And now on board the ship of state
  His gallant form we see,
Should she a new commander need,
  There’s none more fit than he.
    Then, Yankee lads, &c.
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