A-Cruising We Will Go
DESCRIPTION: "Behold upon the swelling seas With streaming pennants gay, Our gallant ship invites the waves, While glory leads the way." "And a-cruising we will go." The singer asks the girls to be kind, recalls "Hardy's flag," and hopes for peace with America
EARLIEST DATE: 1948 (Shay)
KEYWORDS: navy ship nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 118-119, "A-Cruising We Will Go" (1 text)
NOTES: Shay gives no information about the origin of this piece, and no tune; I doubt it is traditional, or even a song. It looks to me like some broadside poet's praise of the British navy.
"Hardy" is presumably Thomas Masterson Hardy (1769-1839), Nelson's chief captain, who was made rear admiral in 1825, served as First Sea Lord 1830-1834, and finally reached the rank of vice admiral in 1837. - RBW
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