|"Tradition has it that Yankee Doodle
had its origins in the French and Indian War when New England troops
joined Braddock's forces at Niagara. In contrast to the spit and polish
of the British army, the colonials were a motley crew, some wearing
buckskins and furs. Dr. Richard Schuckburg, a British Army surgeon
reportedly wrote the tune ridiculing the Americans in the early 1750s.
Some scholars believe it is a variant of the nursery rhyme Lucy
Despite the fact it began as ridicule, the colonials took the song for
their own. Countless versions and parodies evolved, many of which made
fun of their officers, including George Washington. These verses are
included at the end of the tune. When Cornwallis surrendered at
Yorktown it is said while the British played The World Turned
Upside Down, the Americans played Yankee Doodle.
There are said to be as many as 190 verses of Yankee Doodle."
Note: The version you are hearing now also has some of George M.
Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Dandee" in the arrangement.
Information contributed by "Popular Songs In American History," a folk
music website by Lesley Nelson. A link is provided at our "Links" web
"The Ballad of America," by John Anthony
Grosset & Dunlap,
New York, 1967
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