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Yankee Doodle Broadside

Yankee Doodle Broadside

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Like any robust folk tune, “Yankee Doodle” has evolved with the times. The verse about a man who came to town riding on a pony was just one—almost certainly not the first and perhaps not even the most popular—of many set to a melody that, by the Revolutionary War, had already achieved hit status. Throughout the late 1760s and the first half of the 1770s, British soldiers performed “Yankee Doodle” as mock music—a jaunty taunt—in and around Boston. During the occupation of that city, as colonials sought to buy or, better, steal muskets from British soldiers, the occupiers sang:

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