MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Battleship Maine
Performed by Vince Ledwell Accession # 78-054 NFLD 1 Tape 1A Track 8
Community: Calvert Audio:
Genre: Ballad / shipwreck  

Transcription

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
(speaks) Good bye.

Male voice: (speaks) What about it Mr. Walsh, any more of it?

Male voice: (speaks) O yes there's lots more!
That's all I can remember of it.


NOTES

Sources: Cazden 21; Roud 4615; sometimes called "On the Shores of Havana."

History: Fired up by the American press, Cubans were in revolt against Spain in the 1890s. In 1895, the Maine was blown up in Havana harbour. The disaster was described in this ballad by Andrew B. Sterling, who published it in both broadside and songbook form the same year. Although the Spanish were not implicated in the explosion, a few months after, the U.S. declared war on Spain.

Text notes: A shipwreck tale.

Tune notes: Regular 6/8 metre, except for extended time at cadence points. Major tonality, and abac form.

 

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