Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
February 20, 1950
The Battleship Maine
High ••• Now I'll sing you a song or the Battleship Maine that I learned several
Mitch •• How long ago really was it that you learned it?
High ••• I-It's been several years. I don't know just how many. But, a
girl made it. And this is the way it goes.
Once I had a sweetheart, noble, brave and true,
Fearless as the sunshine, gentle as the dew,
We had loved and waited, he had named the day,
We pledged to wed each other in the month of May.
Out on the high seas he sails, faithful to captain and crew,
Faithful to country and home,
Anchored at Havanny on the Cubian shore,
Conscious of no danger, dreaming love dreams o'er.
Then, come a death dealing clash that wrecked both vessel and twain,
Down went my sweetheart to death, down went the Battleship Maine.
Burried in a far off land in an unknown grave,
With(?) the bells or liberty soan will ring to souls(?).
Now, rise, ye country, oh, rise, let not this death be in vain,
Strike down this cowardly fight that blew up the Battleship Maine.
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