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 Merrimac
And upon her sides played Yankee Doodle Dandy -O!
Hip-a-doodle do! Jeff Davis, how are you ?
Our Monitor beat your Merrimac quite handy-O!
Ericsson'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 Merrimac slipped out,
From Norfolk for to take a cruise so handy-O;
She little thought she'd meet any vessel in our fleet,
Who could give her the Yankee Doodle Dandy -O.
For the Yorktown and the Cumberland oh,they'd be little bother,
For to smash and break them both up so handy-O.
Our gunboats they would do to rip them through and through,
While the sailors they'd sing Yankee Doodle Dandy - O.
She went rushing round, smashing everything she found,
'Til 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.
The Merrimac was some, 'til the Monitor she come,
And opened up her little ports so handy-O.
Then the shots did fly, 'til the Rebels they did cry,
"Here's the Devil sure, or Yankee Doodle Dandy-O!"
To Jeff this ought to show that his 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!