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“Yankee Doodle Dandy”

There is another song about being American that I always enjoyed, but I didn’t learn it at school.. I am not quite sure how it actually came about, but I saw it in a movie, and I loved it!  I decided to share it with you too. It is called “Yankee Doodle Boy” by George M. Cohen and written in the early 1900’s before my dad was born.  It is a very lively and entertaining song.  You can find it on YouTube if you want to listen to it. My family is from the southern part of the United States, and inside of America, we are not called Yankees. We call northerners Yankees. However, whenever an American leaves America and goes to another country, they are called Yankees.  It doesn’t matter what part of America you come from.

 

(If you are speaking English as a second language, this might help you understand this song:  a dandy= a silly gentleman.  Uncle Sam= The United States. Dixie= the southern part of the United States. a josh= a joke. ain’t = isn’t. by gosh = an expression that means he doesn’t want to use a bad word, but he wants to put emphasis to say he is telling the truth. “oh say can you see”  a quote from the American national song. phony= not real. through and through= completely. by gum= another expression for emphasis that shows he doesn’t want to use a bad word to show his emphasis; he means he wants you to know how true what he said is.  boodle= bundle. doodle=playing. a Dixie strain= a southern song.)

Yankee Doodle Boy

By George M. Cohen

 

boy holding cotton candy at the park
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I’m the kid that’s all the candy

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy

I’m glad I am

(So’s Uncle Sam)

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I’m a real live Yankee Doodle

abundance achievement bank banknotes
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Made my name and fame and boodle

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Just like Mr. Doodle did by riding on a pony

I love to listen to the Dixie strain

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“I long to see the girl I left behind me

And that ain’t a josh

She’s a Yankee by gosh

(Oh say can you see

Anything about a Yankee that’s phony?)

 

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle do or die

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A real life nephew of my Uncle Sam

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Born on the fourth of July

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I’ve got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart

She’s my Yankee Doodle joy

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Yankee Doodle came to London

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Just to ride the ponies.

I am the Yankee Doodle boy.

 

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Father’s name was Hezakiah

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Mother’s name was Anna Maria,

Yanks through and through

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(red, white, and blue)

Father was so Yankee hearted

When the Spanish war was started

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He slipped upon his uniform and hopped upon a pony

My mother was a Yankee true

My father was a Yankee too

man wearing combat hat and top looking up near flag of america
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And that’s going some for the Yankee, by gum

(Oh say can you see

Anything about my pedigree that’s phony?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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