Historic Sheet Music Collection


Over There


George M. Cohan

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Composer: George M. Cohan

Illustration of William J. Reilly U.S. Navy of U.S.S. Michigan on cover.

Publisher: Leonard Feist Inc. New York Herman Darewski Music Publisher London, England Popular Edition

Copyright: MCMXVII by Leo. Feist, Inc. Feist Building, New York International copyright secured and reserved: London – Herman Darewski Music Pub. Co.

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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 rum-tumming 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!
Over there!

[Verse 2]
Johnnie get your gun, get your gun, get your gun
Johnnie show the Hun you’re a son of a gun,
Hoist the flag and let her fly,
Yankee Doodle 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 the old red white and blue.




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