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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
The Yankees’ Version
 
SOME sixty years ago, e’er we Yankees cut a show,
  Or into independence thought of starting, O!
British rulers did decree that we their slaves should be,
  But that was all in my eye and Betty Martin, O!
 
They were horribly in debt, and it made them fume and fret,        5
  For they found that their last guinea was departing, O!
So they said they’d make a raise by their stamps and other ways,
  But that was all my eye and Betty Martin, O!
 
On pepper, paper, tea, they declared a tax should be,
  Of three pennies every pound, for sartain, O!        10
But the Bostonites with glee, to old Davy pitched the tea,
  So that was all in my eye and Betty Martin, O!
 
They then sent out their ships, with their halters and their whips,
  And swore for this their bodies should be smarting, O!
But the Yankees faced about—the red coats put to rout,        15
  So that was all my eye and Betty Martin, O!
 
Burgoyne declared he’d do—Lord Cornwallis said so too,—
  For every Yankee, ere he’d be for parting, O!
But Yankees wide awake, Lord, they hook’d ’em in a shake,
  So they were all my eye and Betty Martin, O!        20
 
Old Georgy in a rage, swore eternal war to wage,
  Finding that eighty millions were departing, O!
But brave Washington and Lee, swore we should all be free,
  So the war was all my eye and Betty Martin, O!
 
 
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