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Commodore Thomas Macdonough
Commodore Thomas Macdonough, USN
Benson J. Lossing
Dear Lucy

A Love Song for the
Battle of Plattsburgh


by Thomas Ventiquattro

 
Click HERE to listen to Tom Ventiquattro and Dan Wills' wonderful recording of Dear Lucy- a love song about the Battle of Plattsburgh. Learn more about the artist here.

Note: the music file is in Windows Media Format (.wma) and slightly over 600k in size. Users with slower connections may have to wait for a portion of the song to download before they hear anything. Users of browsers other than Internet Explorer may not be able to play the song.

Let us just imagine that Commodore Macdonough wrote a love letter to his wife immediately after the Battle of Plattsburgh with the shock of cannon fire still ringing in his ears...

 

September 1814, on the waves of Lake Champlain

Commodore Thomas Macdonough took a victory sail to fame

...and after the fight of his life, our hero wrote home to his wife...

 

"Dear Lucy, now it's over, and this crazy rage is done

I'll soon be sailing back to you, dear Lucy, we have won

But all my friends and all my foes are bruised and battered men

Dear Lucy, now I pray for those who'll not come home again

 

No disrespect to my defeated enemy...

May God give peace to Captain Downie's soul

But stars and stripes forever fly in Plattsburgh

Dear Lucy, may this pride forever grow

 

Dear Lucy, now I'm weary of the living hell of war

Lucy, I can't wait to feel your loving arms once more

I see the tide of freedom on that sunny Champlain shore

Dear Lucy, we must not forget the cause we're fighting for

 

No disrespect to my defeated enemy...

May God give peace to Captain Downie's soul

But stars and stripes forever fly in Plattsburgh

Dear Lucy, may this pride forever grow

Oh, stars and stripes forever fly in Plattsburgh

Dear Lucy, may this pride forever grow... my dear Lucy"

 

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Published by Newbraugh Brothers Music (BMI)
Copyright © 2005 All Rights Reserved
Used with permission of the artist

Samples of recordings and more information about Tom and Dan can be found at http://www.cdbaby.com/ventiquattro.

As of 05/01/06, a donation of part of the proceeds from the sale of the "Dear Lucy" album will go directly to the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee. This will apply to CD sales at live music shows, CD sales on the internet at http://cdbaby.com/cd/tom24danwills  and CD sales at stores (such as Peacock Music and the Corner-Stone Bookshop, in Plattsburgh)

Above left: The Stars and Stripes (15-star 1814 flag) flying at Plattsburgh, New York 2003.
Photo by Jim Millard

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