Yankee Doodle
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Amerikaans volksliedje uit de 18e eeuw. Het humoristische Amerikaanse volkslied "Yankee Doodle" ontstond rond het midden van de 18e eeuw en werd in 1798 voor het eerst in Philadelphia gedrukt. Vooral in de Amerikaanse onafhankelijkheidsoorlog (VS) werd dit lied als nationaalhymne gezongen.

The origins of the tune Yankee Doodle are lost to history now but by the middle of the 18th century the melody was being sung to words ridiculing American colonial soldiers particularly during the French & Indian Wars.

Of course Yankee Doodle was soon adopted by the American revolutionary soldiers with words more to the liking of the American patriot many of which are still sung by American school children today.


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.

Yankee Doodle went to town,
And rode a spotted pony
They stuck a feather up his ass
And called him macaroni


Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Rode a spotted pony
They stuck a feather up his ass
And called him macaroni
Yankee Doodle went to sea,
Aboard a cutty clipper.
They fill his ass with broken glass
And circumcised the skipper.


Yankee Doodle keep it up,
'Board a cutty clipper.
Filled his ass with broken glass
And circumcised the skipper.
Yankee Doodle went to town,
And bought a load of glasses,
And swore he could not see the town
For the girls and their big asses.


Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Bought a load of glasses,
Swore he could not see the town
For the girls and their big asses.
Yankee Doodle climbed a tree
As high as any steeple
And there he sat the live long day
And pissed all over the people.


Yankee Doodle keep it up,
High as any steeple
There he sat the live long day
And pissed all over the people.
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.

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

And then the feathers on his hat
They looked so' tarnal fin-a
I wanted pockily to get
To give to my Jemima.

And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father's cattle.

And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father's gun
Only a nation louder.

I went as nigh to one myself
As' Siah's underpinning
And father went as nigh agin
I thought the deuce was in him.

We saw a little barrel, too
The heads were made of leather
They knocked upon it with little clubs
And called the folks together.

And there they'd fife away like fun
And play on cornstalk fiddles
And some had ribbons red as blood
All bound around their middles.

The troopers, too, would gallop up
And fire right in our faces
It scared me almost to death
To see them run such races.

Uncle Sam came there to change
Some pancakes and some onions
For' lasses cake to carry home
To give his wife and young ones.

But I can't tell half I see
They kept up such a smother
So I took my hat off, made a bow
And scampered home to mother.

Cousin Simon grew so bold
I thought he would have cocked it
It scared me so I streaked it off
And hung by father's pocket.

And there I saw a pumpkin shell
As big as mother's basin
And every time they touched it off
They scampered like the nation.

And there was Captain Washington,
With gentlefolks about him,
They say he's gown so 'tarnal proud
He will not ride without them.

There came Gen'ral Washington
Upon a snow-white charger
He looked as big as all outdoors
And thought that he was larger.

Charybdis - Yankee Doodle