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Battleship Maine (On The Shores Of Havana) MIDI
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Sung to the tune:
On The Banks Of The Wabash, Far Away
written by Paul Dresser [1859-1906]

Many homes are filled with sorrow and with sadness,
Many hearts are filled with anguish and with pain;
Our nation now is draped in deepest mourning,
For the heroes of the battleship, The Maine.

Oh, the moon shines down tonight upon the waters,
Where the heroes of The Maine in silence lay;
May they rest in peace, the loved ones who are sleeping,
On the shores of Havana far away.

Some are sleeping 'neath the waters of the harbour,
More repose beneath a mound of Spanish clay;
And their spirits seem to cry aloud for vengeance,
On the shores of Havana far away.

Some are sleeping 'neath the waters of the harbour,
More repose beneath a mound of Spanish clay;
Our nation now is draped in deepest mourning,
For the heroes of the battleship, The Maine.

####.... Andrew B Sterling (From an 1898 broadside) ....####

Sung by Vince Ledwell [1888-1982] of Calvert, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Note: The U.S. Battleship, The Maine, was sunk in 1898, precipitating the Spanish American War.


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