The Yankee Doodle Boy

The Yankee Doodle Boy

"The Yankee Doodle Boy", also well-known as "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy" is a patriotic song from the Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones" written by George M. Cohan. The play opened at the Liberty Theater on November 7, 1904.

The play concerns the trials and tribulations of a fictional American jockey, Johnny Jones, who rides a horse named "Yankee Doodle" in the English Derby. Cohan incorporates snippets of several popular traditional American songs into his lyrics of this song, as he often did with his songs.

An early hit version of the song was recorded by Cohan's contemporary and fellow Irish-American Billy Murray, who sang it this way...


"Verse 1" :I'm the kid that's all the candy, 1:I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy,:I'm glad I am,:So's Uncle Sam.:I'm a real live Yankee Doodle,:Made my name and fame and boodle,:Just like Mister Doodle did, by riding on a pony.:I love to listen to the Dixie strain,:I long to see the girl I left behind me;:That ain't a josh,:She's a Yankee, by gosh.:Oh, say can you see,:Anything about a Yankee that's a phony?

"Verse 2" :Father's name was Hezikiah,:Mother's name was Ann Maria, 2:Yanks through and through.:Red, White and Blue:Father was so Yankee-hearted,:When the Spanish war was started,:He slipped on a uniform and hopped upon a pony.:My mother's mother was a Yankee true,:My father's father was a Yankee too::That's going some,:For the Yankees, by gum.:Oh, say can you see:Anything about my pedigree that's phony?

"Chorus" :I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy,:A Yankee Doodle, do or die;:A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's,:Born on the Fourth of July.:I've got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart,:She's my Yankee Doodle joy.:Yankee Doodle came to London, just to ride the ponies;:I am the Yankee Doodle Boy.


1 "All the candy" was late nineteenth century slang equivalent to "hot stuff".

2 Pronounced the old-fashioned way, "mah-RYE-ah"


* The fourth line of the chorus inspired the ironic title of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic's 1976 autobiography, Born on the Fourth of July, and the 1989 film of the same name that starred Tom Cruise.
* The tune for this song is used by the Hawthorn Football Club for their theme song.


* [ Library of Congress]

External links

* [ "The Yankee Doodle boy" performed by Billy Murray] (Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project)

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