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Yankee Doodle
trad. Colonial, anonymous, ca 1775

arr. Merv Rowley & Ruth Randle, 2014

In 2012, we presented a Tin Pan Alley version of Yankee Doodle (Boy) for the month of July. This was the work of the writer, George Cohan, who assumed the persona of Yankee Doodle Boy, "cousin of Uncle Sam". With all due respect to Mr. Cohan, this year we are presenting a true version of Yankee Doodle as it was first written, as a marching song for the Continental Army during our War of Independence against the Redcoats of England. We have included just a few of the many lyrics which have been written for this song.

The British held little respect for the uneducated immigrants of Colonial America, and referred to them as "Yankee Doodles" a term of derision. Following the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party, war broke out - on the night of April 18, 1775, British troops invaded Boston Harbor, an action commemorated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. Troops of Minute Men comprising the Continental Army, under General George Washington and other officers, immediately rallied forces. Some unknown author wrote a poem he called Yankee Doodle, intended as a military marching song. To this author we are indebted for this piece of American history, written as perceived by a small child whose father took him to the encampment on a day in history!

Your 1-3-5 Team

Note: The flag displayed above was the personal flag of the Commander-In-Chief, George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

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Download files: 

YankeeDoodle.tef

YankeeDoodle.pdf

YankeeDoodle.mid

Historical Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Doodle

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/songs/yankee_doodle.html

 

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