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Yankee Doodle

"Yankee Doodle" was a nickname given to the poorly dressed colonial soldiers during the French and Indian War by the British soldiers. A British army surgeon is believed to have written "Yankee Doodle" to make fun of the American soldiers.  The colonists decided they enjoyed the song and they adopted it as their own and began to sing the song with pride. At the battles of Lexington and Concord the song was sung by the colonists to insult the retreating British soldiers. There are said to be as many as 190 verses of Yankee Doodle.

It is said that this is what the British sang to make fun of the colonial soldiers.

Yankee Doodle came to town,
For to buy a firelock,
We will tar and feather him,
And so we will John Hancock.
 

Soon the American soldiers claimed it as their own:

Yankee Doodle went to town
A -riding on a pony;
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it
macaroni.

chorus:
Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.
(repeat chorus)

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion,
A-giving orders to his men,
I guess there was a million.
(Repeat chorus)

 

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