16. The Surrender of Cornwallis

Songs of the Revolution – 16. The Surrender of Cornwallis

Lyrics:

Come on you bold Americans, the truth to you I’ll tell

T’is of a sad misfortune which late on Britain fell

‘T’was on the heights of Yorktown where cannons loud did roar

They summoned Lord Cornwallis to fight or else give o’er

A summons to surrender was sent to this proud lord

Which made him feel like poor Burgoyne and quickly draw his sword

“Must I give up my loyal troops, my ships and Hessians too

and yield to General Washington and his rebel Yankee crew?”

T’was the nineteenth of October in the year of eighty-one

Cornwallis did surrender to General Washington

Six thousand chosen British troops marched out and grounded arms

Hurrah ye bold Americans how sweet your music charms

Six thousand chosen British troops to Washington resigned

Besides some ships and Hessians that could not stay behind

With refugees and Blackamoors oh what a direful crew

The British once had thousands more and now they’ve got but few

Here’s a health to General Washington and his brave army too

And likewise to our worthy Green to him much honor’s due

May we subdue the English foe and free the Eastern Shore

And may we live in peace, my boys, while wars will be no more

And may we live in peace, my boys, while wars will be no more

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