“Battleship of Maine”


Humorous song about a country boy caught up in the Spanish-American war, for which he has little sympathy. He describes bad conditions in the army, notes that the "Rough Riders" wear $5.50 shoes, while the poor farmers wear dollar-a-pair shoes.


For further information about the _Maine_ and the Spanish-American War, see the notes on "My Sweetheart Went Down with the Maine." - RBW

Historical references

  • 1895 - Cubans rebel against Spain
  • Feb 15, 1898 - Explosion of the battleship "Maine" in Havana harbour
  • April 25, 1898 - Congress declares war on Spain

Cross references


  • Mary C. Mann, "The Battleship of Maine" (AFS A-526, A-527, 1926)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Battleship of Maine" (on NLCR01, NLCRCD1) (NLCR12) (NLCR16)
  • Red Patterson's Piedmont Log Rollers, "Battleship of Maine" (Victor 20936, 1927)
  • Wilmer Watts and the Lonely Eagles, "Fightin' in the War with Spain" (Paramount 3254, 1931; on StuffDreams1)


  1. BrownII 239, "That Bloody War" (4 texts, of which the first two are this piece; the final two fragments appear to be "That Crazy War")
  2. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 100-101, "Battleship of Maine" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 288, "Battleship of Maine" (1 text)
  5. Roud #779
  6. BI, CSW100


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)