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I remember reading in a history book that after a battle (possibly) Yorktown, someone ordered their band or whatnot to play a song!. I thought it was Yankee Doodle but I have to be for sure for my report!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

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The tune was "the world turned upside down"!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

The origins of the words and music of the Yankee Doodle are not known exactly due to the fact that the song has many versions!. But, this patriotic U!.S!. song has an uncomplimentary history!.

The music and words go back to 15th century Holland, as a harvesting song that began, "Yanker dudel doodle down!." In England, the tune was used for a nursery rhyme -- "Lucy Locket"!. Later, the song poked fun of Puritan church leader Oliver Cromwell, because "Yankee" was a mispronunciation of the word "English" in the Dutch language, and "doodle" refers to a dumb person!. But it was a British surgeon, Richard Schuckburgh, who wrote the words we know today that ridiculed the ragtag colonists fighting in the French and Indian War!.

Soon after, the British troops used the song to make fun of the American colonists during the Revolutionary War!. Yet it became the American colonists' rallying anthem for that war!. At the time the Revolutionary War began, Americans were proud to be called yankees and "Yankee Doodle" became the colonists most stirring anthem of defiance and liberty!.

During Pre-Revolutionary America when the song "Yankee Doodle" first became popular, the word macaroni in the line that reads "stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni" didn't refer to the pasta!. Instead, "Macaroni" was a fancy and overdressed ("dandy") style of Italian clothing widely imitated in England at the time!. So by just sticking a feather in his cap and calling himself a "Macaroni", Yankee Doodle was proudly proclaiming himself to be a country bumpkin (an awkward and unsophisticated person), because that was how the English regarded most colonials at that time!.

The American Revolution

The American Revolution inspired both British and American citizens and soldiers to write songs about their differences!. The words of the songs were printed in newspapers, periodicals and broadsheets sold on the streets of Boston, Philadelphia and other major American cities!.
You will hear songs which express stirring pride, angry threats, biting satire and ridicule!. They tell of rising political tensions, the Boston Massacre, the tea parties, the weaknesses of the enemy and the virtues of patriotism!.
The Songs:
The British Grenadiers
The Battle Of The Kegs

Free America (1!.47 MB mp3 file)

Castle Island Song
Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier

The Rich Lady Over The Sea
The World Turned Upside Down

Yankee Doodle
Hail Columbia


When the British under Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown, The British army band played the song "The World turned Upside down"!. It was meant to signify their opinion that in the natural order, the wrong side was having to surrender!.Www@QuestionHome@Com