The war of 1812 lasted from June 1812 come January 1815. Basically, the British, whom you’ll remember indigenous our critical lesson, wanted manage of Baltimore, Washington D.C., and new Orleans. And the U.S. The A. Want to attack Canada. Go figure.

The battle officially ended on 1814 December 24 when the treaty of Ghent was signed. The fight of new Orleans was fought on 1815 January 8, because Colonel Andrew Jackson had actually yet come be notified of the Treaty. Nobody won the War; both sides just determined to end it. The british didn’t acquire Baltimore, keeping crab cakes for sure for future Americans. And also the USA didn’t gain Canada, unfortunately, which indirectly brought about the bear of wilhelm Shatner and also overacting.

By the way, the actual fight wasn’t battled in new Orleans, yet at Chalmette Field, around four mile downriver from the city itself.

Johnny Horton videotaped "The fight of brand-new Orleans" in 1959, and also it was arguably his biggest hit. C.W.’s variation is practically the exact same as Horton’s yet with a lot much more banjo pickin’ and, that course, C.W.’s words. By the way, in this tune C.W. Virtually sings.

I’ve review that Jimmy Driftwood, the author, had actually written "hundreds the verses", and also that the ones in this track were chosen since they to be the finest verses and because the last recorded version needed to be about three minutes in length. Back in the olden days, songs were much more likely come be played on the radio if they to be short, about two to three minutes long.

Well, in eighteen-fourteen us took a little trip along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip we took a little bacon and we take it a small beans and also we caught the bloody British at the town of brand-new Orleans.

us fired our guns and the British preserved a-comin’ there wasn’t nigh as many as there to be a while ago We fired once much more and castle all started a-runnin’ under the Mississippi to the Gulf that Mexico

Well us eye-balled the river and we watch the Limeys come Musta to be a hunnert of ’em beatin’ ~ above a drum and then they stepped therefore high and they made the bugles ring us hid behind our noodle bales and also didn’t say a thing

us fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’ over there wasn’t nigh as plenty of as there to be a while earlier We fired once more and they all started a-runnin’ down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Now, Old Hickory claims we can take ’em by surprised If we don’t shoot our wads ’til we look ’em in the eyes So we held off our fire ’til we see them real well climate we opened up up ours squirrel guns and really gave ’em hell




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Engraving of The battle of brand-new Orleans, by Joseph Yeager, ca. 1815-1820. Steal from the Library that Congress.

us fired our guns and the British retained a-comin’ there wasn’t nigh as many as there to be a while back We fired once much more and they all started a-runnin’ down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Well, castle ran through the briars and also they ran through the brambles and also they ran through the bushes where the hare couldn’t go Ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t record ’em down the Mississippi come the Gulf of Mexico.

Well, us fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted under So we ordered an alligator and we rotate his tail around We stuffed his head through cannon balls and also powdered his behind and also when we lit the fuse the old gator go out his mental

us fired ours guns and the British kept a-comin’ there wasn’t nigh as numerous as there to be a while ago We fired once more and castle all began a-runnin’ down the Mississippi come the Gulf of Mexico

Well, they ran v the briars and they ran with the brambles and they ran through the bushes whereby the rabbit couldn’t go Ran so fast that the hounds couldn’t record ’em under the Mississippi to the Gulf that Mexico.

Hup, hip, trip, four. Girlfriend know, girlfriend old boys gonna it is in marchin’ best smart, onced* you find out to counting to four.

* "Onced" is pronounced "wunced". Or something choose that.

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