Yankee Doodle Dandy emerged shortly before the American Revolution.
Sometime around 1750, the British began to sing this to make fun of the American soldiers.
"Yankee" was used as a mean word to mock a solder fighting against the British.
"Doodle" was a word that used to mean "fool".
The crazy thing about this song is that it eventually became a song that the American soldiers sang to the British.
Once the American starting winning, they would sing Yankee Doodle loud and proud to rub the victory in the faces of the British soldiers.
This song has had many different lyrics throughout the years.
Most historians agree that the American lyrics were written by an English doctor named Dr. Shackburg in 1755. Considering the popularity of the melody, new versions evolved throughout America's early years, used to mock various groups.
For example, during the Civil War, folks in the South sang lyrics mocking the north, and Union Democrats sang lyrics mocking the South.
Even though it began as a song mocking American soldiers, "Yankee Doodle" has become a symbol of American pride. Nowadays, it's a fun patriotic song, and most people only know a few verses.
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