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It Happened in 1814

Bob and Katie sing to little Annabelle about the real story of the War of 1812 in Patterson Park.

Lyrics
(To the tune of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, by Sir Paul McCartney)

So we all know that the Brits marched into Washington, burned it and they took what they could store,

But the pace of life in DC must not have been too fun, because soon they would head north to Baltimore,

And you may think it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

Sure they’ll all swear it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

So the British made their way up hear to Baltimore, to get those dirty pirate privateers,

But when they got to Patterson Park for sure, they were met here with 12,000 volunteers,

And you may think it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

Oh they’ll tell you it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

In 198 years there would be a sailabration of sorts,

With the Navy Seals skydiving in the park, only two mere years too short (ha ha ha ha)

Happy ever after on Pagoda Hill, those Brits thought it best to turn around and go,

At Fort McHenry too the British had their fill and Francis Scott Key wrote a song that we all know,

And you may think it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

Oh sure they’ll all swear it happened in 1812, but it happened in 1814,

If you hear them say 1812, say, in fact, it was 1814!