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Battle of New Orleans – Lonnie Donegan

(spoken: ) Well, this here’s the story of the Battle of New Orleans, 
which was fit between Yankees a coast and the English people, 
in which the British came off rather ignominiously.
 
   C                 F
1. Well, in 1814, we took a little trip,
     G                                    C
    along with Colonel Packenham down the mighty Mississipp.
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    We took a little bacon and we took a little beans,
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    and we fought the bloomin’ British in the town of New Orleans
 
         C
Well, we fired our guns and the British kept a comin',
                                   G           C
there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
    
We fired once more and they began a running,
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on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
 
            C                             F
2. Well, we looked down the river till we see the British come,
          G                               C
    there must have been a hundred of 'em beatin' on the drum.
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    They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring,
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    well, we stood beside our cotton bales and never said a thing.
 
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3. Well, Packenham said we could take ‘em by surprise,
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    if we didn't fire a musket till we looked  `em in the eyes.
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    Well, we stood quite still till we see their face well,
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    then we opened up our muskets and we really gave ‘em well.
 
         C
Well, we fired our guns and the British kept a comin',
                                    G          C
there wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
    
We fired once more and they began a running,
                                G          C
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
 
              C                               F
4. Well, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles,
             G                                C
    and they ran through the bushes where the rabbits couldn't go.
                              F
    They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch ‘em,
        G                           C
    all down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
 
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            C                        F
5. Well, we fired our muskets so the barrels melted down,
           G                         C
    then grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
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    Well, we stuffed his head with cannon balls and powdered his behind,
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    so when we touched the powder off, the 'gator lost his mind.
 
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+ CHORUS     Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. (4x)

            
            
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ggaylmer 10 Jul 01, 2015 05:11 AM

Lonnie mixes up Colonel Pakenham, the leader of the British forces, with General Jackson(Old Hickory), leader of the American forces. How could Pakenham have told the Americans to hold off firing at the British until they saw them in the eye?

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