Yankee Doodle  

katsback 57F
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7/1/2006 8:49 am

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Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle
Why did yankee doodle stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni? Back in Pre-Revolutionary America when the song "Yankee Doodle" was first popular, the singer was not referring to the pasta "macaroni" in the line that reads "stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni". "Macaroni" was a fancy ("dandy") style of Italian dress widely imitated in England at the time. So by just sticking a feather in his cap and calling himself a "Macaroni" (a "dandy"), Yankee Doodle was proudly proclaiming himself to be a country bumpkin, because that was how the English regarded most colonials at that time. But times have long since changed, and it is important to reflect on the fact that despite the turbulent early relationship between England and the American colonists, our two countries are strongly united.

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

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.

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

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

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

The British troops added new verses when they landed in Boston in 1768 under the command of General Thomas Gage:

Sheep's head and vinegar,
Buttermilk and tansy,
Boston is a Yankee town,
Sing, "Hey, doodle dandy!"

First we'll take a pinch of snuff
And then a drink of water,
And then we'll say, "How do you do?"
And that's a Yankee supper.

The British troops sang verses in 1775 on their way to Lexington and Concord about the rebel leaders John Hancock and John Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren:

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

As for their king, that John Hancock,
And Adams, if they're taken,
Their heads for signs shall hang up high
Upon that hill called Beacon.

Dolly Bushel let a fart,
Jenny Jones, she found it,
Ambrose carried it to the mill,
Where Doctor Warren ground it.

Mistress Hancock dreamed a dream;
She dreamed she wanted something.
She dreamed she wanted a Yankee king
To crown him with a pumpkin.

But when the fighting started and the British troops retreated to Boston April 19, 1775, the American militia began to play the song and would add their own anti-British lyrics during the American Revolution:

Yankee Doodle is the tune,
That we all delight in;
It suits for feasts, it suits for fun,
And just as well for fighting!


7/1/2006 9:53 am

There was girl
her name was MO
from men was
always running
but then super K
stuck his macaroni
in and for him
she is a gunning

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

rm_philips1a21 72F
5 posts
7/1/2006 10:09 am

It`s beautifull your blog.
And It`s beautifull day today for me,for you.
In Spain 7 P.M. Philips.

leegs55 56M

7/1/2006 10:28 am

great hoilday..plenty of boooze to be consumed.

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