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Yankee Doodle, an Illustrated Song, and a Little House Song (and in many other Singable Picture Books, too)

Posted on: January 30, 2013

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yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg w chords
Yankee Doodle for SBWE Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords
Traditional Words and Tune Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
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yankee doodle by Mary Blair - Copy
Yankee Doodle (Illustrated by Mary Blair)
Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Mary Blair
From: My First Sing-A-Song Book (71 Favourite Songs to Sing and Play)

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Yankee Doodle Two 1776 verse for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
yankee doodle two 1776 verse text sbwe eleg portrait w title

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YANKEE DOODLE is the first song printed (of at least 127 songs) in “Little House in the Big Woods,” the first in the the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Many are folk songs and hymns of the time and in the books, most of the songs are played by Pa on his fiddle.  Laura often gives just a few of the lyrics as a memory from a scene in the book.

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Little House in the Big Woods

Book 1 in LITTLE HOUSE series
Written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Includes Songs with Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Garth Williams
ISBN 978-0-06+440001-5

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YANKEE DOODLE appears on p. 36-38 of my paperback copy of the book, with these lyrics:

YANKEE DOODLE
Traditional Words and Tune

Yankee Doodle went to town,
He wore his striped trousies,
He swore he couldn’t see the town,
There was so many houses.

And there he saw some great big guns,
Big as a log of maple,
And every time they turned ’em round,
It took two yoke of cattle.

And every time they fired ’em off,
It took a horn of power,
It made a noise like father’s gun,
Only a nation louder.

And I’ll sing Yankee Doodle-de-do,
And I’ll sing Yankee Doodle,
And I’ll sing Yankee Doodle-de-do,
And I’ll sing Yankee Doodle!

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If you can’t remember the tune, I’m a big fan of this instrumental:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0010GNIZC/ref=dm_ty_trk?ie=UTF8&qid=1270407685&sr=1-2

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For my money, there’s nothing more fun than a fife and drum playing YANKEE DOODLE

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Yankee Doodle, seemingly a simple and ubiquitous song, is actually sung to an ancient tune, to which hundreds of songs and verses have been written, and which has an amazingly long, rich, and historically significant history.

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Library of Congress page for YANKEE DOODLE
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/lyrical/songs/yankee_doodle.html

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From the “Let It Fly” blog, a post about “Yankee Doodle”
http://usflagstore.blogspot.com/2011/11/yankee-doodle-history.html

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YANKEE DOODLE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Doodle

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YANKEE DOODLE song history from About.com
http://folkmusic.about.com/od/folksongs/qt/YankeeDoodle.htm

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A bit of YANKEE DOODLE info here, regarding its history as a song of the American Revolution (plus a set of lyrics):
http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312848/music.htm

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Song info from globalia.net:
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/songs/Yankee_Doodle.html

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Great article from Kenndy Center’s ArtsEdge site, with historical info and audio and visual support materials:
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/students/features/story-behind-the-song/yankee-doodle.aspx

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YANKEE DOODLE is the state song of Connecticut:
http://www.cslib.org/yankeedoodle.htm

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EarlyAmerica.com article on YANKEE DOODLE
http://www.earlyamerica.com/music/yankee-doodle.htm

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Informative article here with line by line lyrical analysis:
http://www.yourdictionary.com/library/yankee.html

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Neatorama fun facts (including great doodle-macaroni images) here:
http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/04/yankee-doodle-fun-facts/

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BensGuide.gov info page for YANKEE DOODLE, here:
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/symbols/yankee.html

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Info about YANKEE DOODLE and activity idea, here:
http://www.libertyskids.com/pt_activities_yankeedoodle.html

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A dazzling set of the Connecticut State Song YANKEE DOODLE lyrics, here:
http://www.connecticutsar.org/articles/yankee_doodle.htm

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In depth YANKEE DOODLE info over a number of tabs, here:
http://www.shmoop.com/yankee-doodle/

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YANKEE DOODLE in Singable Picture Books

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Pop! Goes the Weasel and Yankee Doodle (New York City in 1776 and Today, with Songs and Pictures)
Traditional Words and Tunes
Words Adapted and Text by Robert Quackenbush
Illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
Includes adaptations of the songs:
POP GOES THE WEASEL
YANKEE DOODLE

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Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along
Words Adapted by Teddy Slater
Illustrated by Liisa Chauncy Guida
Letter E
Sing to the tune of  “Yankee Doodle

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Yankee Doodle
Traditional Music
Words by Dr. Richard Shackburg
Illustrated with Woodcuts by Ed Emberley

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Yankee Doodle (A Song from the American Revolution)

Traditional Words and Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren
(This book features printed music, a page of song history, and activity ideas)

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Yankee Doodle
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Adapted by Mary Ann Hoberman
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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Yankee Doodle (A Revolutionary Tail)

Traditional tune
Traditional words
Illustrated by Gary Chalk

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Yankee Doodle (Steven Kellogg’s)

Traditional Tune
Words by Edward Bangs
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

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Yankee Doodle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbdHw09aIM0
Singable Picture Book Video from www.Speakaboos.com
Speakaboos YouTube Page:
http://www.youtube.com/user/speakaboos

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Yankee Doodle America
Sing to the Tune of ABC Song
Text by Wendell Minor
Illustrated by Wendell Minor

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america's song story of yankee doodle
America’s Song: The Story of ‘Yankee Doodle’
By Stuart Murray

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The YANKEE DOODLE tune is used in:
keep on sewing betsy ross
Keep On Sewing, Betsy Ross! (A Fun Song About the First American Flag)
Book by Michael Dahl
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Illustrated by Sandra D’Antonio

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The Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme for “Lucy Locket” uses the same tune at Yankee Doodle:

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

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A friend told me once that almost all Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes can be sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.”  So if you want to sing a rhyme and don’t know the tune, give this trick a try.

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For the full list of songs from the LITTLE HOUSE series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder:

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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Music for YANKEE DOODLE can be found in this book which is a collection of printed music mentioned in LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS and FARMER BOY (by Laura Ingalls Wilder),

laura's music book 1 (big woods & farmer boy)
Laura’s Music: Songs from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Books
Music from “Little House in the Big Woods” and “Farmer Boy”
Edited by Dale Cockrell
Published by A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN 978-0-89579-747-6
Book Code: LM1 (This link includes song list)

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YANKEE DOODLE is also a useful tune in the public domain.  You can set many a delightful verse to the tune of YANKEE DOODLE, including LUCY LOCKET and almost any Mother Goose or Nursery Rhyme.

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Oscar Brand used YANKEE DOODLE as the tune for his wonderful SONG OF THE PRESIDENTS:

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Song of the Presidents (words by Oscar Brand) cover only 2
Song of the Presidents
Words by Oscar Brand
Sing to the Tune of Yankee Doodle
Book Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus

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Find  Yankee Doodle and commentary regarding the Revolutionary War on pgs. 59-61 of:

songs of 76 oscar brand
Songs of ’76 (A Folksinger’s History of the Revolution)
Book by Oscar Brand
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrations by Various Artists
Published by M. Evans and Company, Inc. NYC
LOC Catalog Number: 72-83733

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YANKEE DOODLE is found on p. 150 of:

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modest coll trad songs of colonial period
A Modest Collection of Traditional Songs of the Colonial Period
Words and Music by Various Artists
Collected and Edited by M. Richard Tully

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Addendum 7/4/2014

A little Patriotic Gift to USA from Sing Books with Emily on Independence Day 2014

My children both went to Tuckahoe Elementary School in the 4th grade and participated in the wonderful event (the day to which most of the 4th grade at Tuckahoe leads up to) known as COLONIAL DAY.  A section of the celebration is devoted to songs of the period.  They learn a verse to YANKEE DOODLE that is not usually sung.

I’ve adapted it slightly and made a poster:

In Seventeen-hundred Seventy-six
On the Fourth Day of July
Our Independence we declared
In the fight for liberty

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mind the music and the step
And let us all be handy

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Yankee Doodle, Declaration of Independence verse, Poster
Painting by John Trumbull, 1818
Poster Assembled by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
To view or print this poster, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse eleg sbwe

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A note form Emily on a lyric in the classic patriotic ditty (and why Emily changed it),

I love the song YANKEE DOODLE and most of what it stands for, but that lyric “let the girls be handy,” has always bothered me.  When I sing the song with children in classrooms and libraries, I let the children come up with other ideas for who should also be handy (since I believe EVERYONE should be handy).  I suggest:  Dads, Moms, Teachers, Sisters, Brothers, Boys, etc.

In this case, I decided to change the lyric to “LET US ALL BE HANDY.”  That pretty well covers it and I like it much better.

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Addendum 7/8/2014

I made a poster with the Declaration of Independence Trumbull Portraitto celebrate Independence Day 2014, using the 1776 verse text my daughter learned for her 4th grade Colonial Day.

Since the text is not so easy to read on the first poster, I decided to make a second one so kids can read the text and sing-along:

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Yankee Doodle with 1776 Verse, Text Poster for SBWE
Traditional Words and Tune
Poster Assembled by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this poster, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg

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Addendum, 7/25/2015

This is Yankee Doodle for Sing Books with Emily. No offense to the original, but I think EVERYONE should be handy, so I adapted some chords to play it on my guitar and slightly altered the words at the end and finished it off w a musical AAA-AAA-MEN.

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Yankee Doodle for SBWE
Yankee Doodle for Sing Books with Emily (first draft)
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Chords by ELEG for SBWE

I’m planning to add the 1776 text, too, to complete a nice groovy little song.  The full text would be the following (played with chords in the photo:

YANKEE DOODLE FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
Traditional Words and Tune
Words Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Chords by ELEG for SBWE

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mind the music and the step
And let us all be handy

In Seventeen-hundred Seventy-six
On the Fourth Day of July
Our Independence we declared
In the fight for liberty

Yankee Doodle keep it up
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mind the music and the step
And let us all be handy

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Addendum, 7/27/2015

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yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg w chords
Yankee Doodle for SBWE Sing Along Sheet with Guitar Chords
Traditional Words and Tune Slightly Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this page, click here:
yankee doodle 1776 verse text sbwe eleg w chords

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Related Posts

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Yankee Doodle for SBWE Sing Along Page
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/yankee-doodle-for-sbwe-sing-along-page/

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YANKEE DOODLE IN SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter E (tune of Yankee Doodle)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/%E2%80%9Cread-sing-play-abc-sing-along%E2%80%9D-a-singable-book-letter-e/
This post features a version of “Yankee Doodle” that appears in “Little House in the Big Woods”

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LITTLE HOUSE SONGS: LAURA INGALLS WILDER – SONGS OF THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
Songs of the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/songs-of-the-little-house-books-by-laura-ingalls-wilder/

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EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

A list of SPBs with fun and sneakily educational content.  The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/singable-picture-books-with-sneaky-educational-content/

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Patriotic Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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Happy Independence Day from Sing Books with Emily, and an addition to the Yankee Doodle Repertoire
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/happy-independence-day-from-sing-books-with-emily-and-an-addition-to-the-yankee-doodle-repertoire/

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Text Poster for Yankee Doodle 1776 Verse
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/text-poster-for-yankee-doodle-1776-verse/

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YANKEE DOODLE FOR SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/yankee-doodle-for-sbwe-sing-along-page/

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LUCY LOCKET, A SINGABLE MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME (same tune as YANKEE DOODLE)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/lucy-locket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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USEFUL TUNES IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/useful-tunes-in-the-public-domain/

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FUN SONGS SERIES on SBWE
A series of illustrated history lessons set to familiar tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/fun-songs-illustrated-american-history-songs-set-to-familiar-tunes/

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KEEP ON SEWING BETSY ROSS, an Illustrated Song
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/keep-on-sewing-besty-ross-a-fun-song-about-the-first-american-flag/

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YANKEE DOODLE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/little-house-songs-yankee-doodle/

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/the-defense-of-fort-mchenry-written-this-day-196-years-ago-by-francis-scott-key/

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