Historic Sheet Music Collection


Over There


George M. Cohen

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Over There

By George M. Cohan

Sung by James Cagney

New York: Leo Feist Inc. (1917)

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[Verse 1]
Johnnie get your gun, get your gun, get your gun
Take it on the run, on the run, on the run
Hear them calling you and me
Ev’ry son of liberty
Hurry right away, no delay, go today
Make your daddy glad, to have had such a lad,
Tell your sweetheart not to pine,
To be proud her boy’s in line.

Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there
That the yanks are coming, the yanks are coming
The drums rumtumming ev’ry where
So prepare, say a pray’r
Send the word, send the word to beware
We’ll be over, we’re coming over
And we won’t come back till it’s over over there.

[Verse 2]
Johnnie get your gun, get your gun, get your gun
Johnny shoe the Hun, you’re a son of a gun
Hoist the flag and let her fly
Like true heroes do or die
Pack your little kit show your grit do your bit
Yankees to the ranks from the towns and the tanks
Make your mother proud of you
And to liberty be true.



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