Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Friday Night Concert: The Monitor and the Merrimack

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on January 10, 2014


I’m going to sing a song, I won’t detain you long,
If you listen, I will tell you how so handy, O!
The Monitor went smack up to the Merrimack,
And upon her sides played, Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
Hip a Doodle-Do, Jeff Davis, how are you?
Our Monitor beat your Merrimack quite handy, O!
Erricson he’s around; in the world, there can’t be found,
A people like the Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
‘Twas on the Eighth of March, the Merrimack slipped out,
From Norfolk, for to take a cruise so handy, O!
She did not think, she’d meet any thing in our fleet,
Able to give her Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
She went rushing round, smashing everything she found,
Till the Monitor came sailing in so handy, O!
And Worden stopped her fun, soon made her cut and run,
While the shells they whistled, Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
For the Yorktown and the other, they’d be little bother,
To smash and break them both up so handy, O!
For our gunboats they would do to rip them through and through,
While the sailors they’d sing, Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
The Merrimack was some, till the Monitor she come,
And opened up her little ports so handy, O!
Then the shot did fly, till the Merrimack’s men did cry:
It’s the Devil sure, a Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
To Jeff this ought to show, that this Monster is no go,
And that Mechanics in the North, are very handy, O!
That he must surrender soon, or we’ll blow him to the moon,
With inventions of our Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!
Now boys, let us cheer the men that don’t know fear,
That worked that little battery so handy, O!
They deserve well of us all, let us pray that none may fall,
May they live long to sing, Yankee Doodle Dandy, O!



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