“The Spanish War”


The singer recalls "our last rebellion" in 1861, and declares that "battle must be fought" against Spain to "avenge the Maine": "They sunk her, never to rise again." Despite the possibility of loss, the war must be pursued


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

This particular piece of rampant jingoism and blatant inaccuracy strikes me as possibly the work of the yellow press. - 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Historical references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


  1. Thomas-Makin', pp. 95-96, (no title) (1 text)
  2. BI, ThBa095


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1939 (Thomas)
Found in: US(Ap)