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The lyrics to Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle with Two Happy BearsThe original lyrics to Yankee Doodle are attributed to a British military surgeon named Dr. Richard Schackburg, who probably wrote them in 1755. Many variations of the song have developed over the years, and the text below shows the most frequently sung current version of the lyrics. See the Wikipedia Yankee Doodle page for more lyrics and info about the song.

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A short version of Yankee Doodle lyrics:

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.

Chorus:
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp,
Along with Captain Gooding,
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.

Chorus:
Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy,
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.