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Songs That Every Child Should Know 147
'Cute Jonathan, to see them fly, could not restrain
his laughter, " That tune," said he, " suits to a T, I '11 sing it
ever after." Old Johnny's face, to his disgrace, was flushed with
beer and brandy. E'en when he swore to sing no more this " Yankee doodle Dandy." Yankee doodle, ho, ha, he, Yankee doodle dandy; We kept the tune but not the tea—Yankee doodle dandy.
I 've told you now the origin of this most lively
ditty, Which Johnny Bull dislikes as " dull and stupid " —
what a pity! With " Hail Columbia" it is sung, in chorus full
and hearty, On land and main we breathe the strain John made
for his tea-party. No matter how we rhyme the words, the music
speaks them handy, And where 's the fair can't sing the air of " Yankee
doodle Dandy"? Yankee doodle, firm and true, Yankee doodle
dandy, Yankee doodle, doodle, doo, Yankee doodle dandy.
Original Yankee Words
Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Cap'n Goodin', And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty puddin'.