Battle Of New Orleans


By Jimmy Driftwood


Jimmy Horton <A> 1959 / Lonnie Donegan <C> / Jimmy Driftwood <G>


In 1814 we took a little trip

Along with Colonel Jackson down the might Mississip

We took a took a little bacon and we took a little beans

And we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans


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Well we fired our guns and the British kept a coming
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began a running
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico


We looked down the river and we see the British come

There must have been a hundred of them beating on the drum

They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring

We stood beside our cotton bales and never said a thing


Old Hikcory said we could take them by surprise

If didn't fire a musket till we looked them in the eye

We stood quite still till we see their faces well

Then we opened up our squirrel gun and we really gave them hell


They ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles

And they ran through the bushes where the rabbits couldn't go

They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch them

All down the Mississippi to the Gulf Of Mexico


We fired our cannon so the barrels melted down

Then grabbed an alligator and we fought another round

We stuffed his head with cannon balls and powdered his behind

So when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind


They ran through the briars...