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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
New Yankee Doodle
THE BRITISH long have ruled the seas,
  With haughty gasconading,
And chanting songs, their feats to praise,
  While others they’re degrading.
    Yankee doodle, fire away,        5
      Cannon loud as thunder;
    For brave Decatur, Jones, and Hull
      Make Johnny Bull knock under.
Now we can sing, and chant likewise,
  Of Yankee skill in fighting;        10
Behold Decatur with his prize,
  Bold Britons now are striking.
                Yankee doodle, &c.
The British thought we had not spunk
  To try them on the ocean;
But since we’ve took, and burnt, and sunk,        15
  They’ve got another notion.
                Yankee doodle, &c.
They’ll find they’ve not Monsieur to meet,
  But Yankee boys of mettle:
Who will their measures all defeat,
  Unless they shortly settle.
                Yankee doodle, &c.
To press our men they claim the right;
  But, blast their imposition!
We’ll let the rascals know we’ll fight
  In preference to submission.
                Yankee doodle, &c.
Huzza, my boys, we’ll fight away,        25
  Until they cry peccavi;
Or, with our well-aim’d Yankee play,
  Soon send them to old Davy.
    Yankee doodle, crack away,
      With cannon loud as thunder;        30
    Our Yankee boys will show them play,
      Till Johnny Bull knocks under.

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