"The Belle of Manilla"
During the 1890s, popular songs and sensationalist news coverage played a large role in drumming up support for U.S. intervention and the Spanish-American War. "The Belle of Manila," written in 1898, was one of many pro-war songs that were played in the homes of middle and upper-class families to build Patriotism and romanticize U.S. involvement abroad.
Sheâ€™s my queen, Miss southern dream of the far off Philippines
For sheâ€™s the belle of old Manila,
My Filipina queen
Sheâ€™s won with me with the brightness of her smile
And all her oriental dusky beauty with eyes like midnight dreams
This lady from the southern sunny isle.
Creator | Louise Haack McLay
Composer | Louise Haack McLay
Lyricist | Louise Haack McLay
Publisher | The Zeno Mauvais Music Company
Item Type | Music/Song
Cite This document | Louise Haack McLay, “"The Belle of Manilla",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed March 1, 2024, https://shec.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/848.