6. Doodle Dandy

Songs of the Revolution – 6. Doodle Dandy

This song is said to have originated in the Hudson River Valley, probably composed by a member of the New York regiment near West Point. It gained popularity as a marching song and became a favorite among colonial children while their elders went to war. The song depicts the lighter side of a soldier’s life. As the lyrics tell us, the Yankees did, in a sense, “fly” since they spent much of their time ambushing the redcoats from high in the trees with their long rifles. 

Lyrics:

Doodle Doodle Doodle Dandy

Cornstalk rum and homemade brandy

Indian pudding and a pumpkin pie

That’s what makes the Yankees fly

And every Yank will have on his back

A hefty pumpkin in his sack

A little molasses and a piece of bark

And away we’ll march straight for New York

Doodle, Doodle Doodle Dandy

Cornstalk rum and a homemade brandy

Indian pudding and a pumpkin pie

That’s what makes the Yankees fly

And every Yank will have on his back

A hefty pumpkin in his sack

A little molasses and a piece of bark

And away we’ll march straight for New York

And away we’ll march straight for New York

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