Music from the American Revolution


Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle was originally written by the British prior to the Revolutionary War to mock what they perceived as the wheels-off American soldier. The earliest known lyrics of Yankee Doodle Dandy:

Brother Ephraim sold his Cow
And bought him a Commission;
And then he went to Canada
To fight for the Nation;

But when Ephraim he came home
He proved an arrant Coward,
He wouldn't fight the Frenchmen there
For fear of being devour'd.

The Ephraim mentioned in these lyrics was American Ephraim Williams, a Colonel in the Massachusetts militia who was killed in the Battle of Lake George. He left his estate to the founding of a school in Massachusetts, which today is known as Williams College.

The song was adopted by American militias during the Revolutionary War and the lyrics were adapted to suit the American cause. The lyrics have been altered and parodied throughout American history.

Here's an unconventional look at the song, Don Music-style. Is it just me, or does Kermit sound a bit like John Madden in this version?




Free America (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

The Free America song along with the interesting explanation on the origins of Yankee Doodle Dandy.




The British Grenadiers
Marching song for the British military during the Revolutionary War.