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One of the musical hits from Geo. M. Cohan's latest play
"Little Johnny Jones"

Photograph: George M. Cohan
Illustrator: Joseph Hirt

The Yankee Doodle Comedian

F.A. Mills, 48 West 29th St., New York

Public Performance Prohibited without Permission.

Copyright 1904 by F. A. Mills, 48 W. 29th St., New York. English Copyright Secured.

“Some of these resources may contain offensive stereotypes. Such materials should be seen in the context of the time period and as a reflection of the attitudes of the time. The items are part of the historical record, and do not represent the views of the library or the institution.”


I’m the kid that’s all the candy,
I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy,
I’m glad I am, 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;”
And that ain’t a josh,
She’s a Yankee, by gosh.
Oh, say can you see
Anything about a Yankee that’s a phony?

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.

Father’s name was Hezikiah,
Mother’s name was Ann Maria,
Yanks through and through.
Father was so Yankee hearted,
When the Spanish war was started,
He slipped on his uniform and hopped upon a pony.
My mother’s mother was a Yankee true,
My father’s father was a Yankee too;
And that’s going some,
For the Yankees, by gum.
Oh, say can you see
Anything about my pedigree that’s phony?



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