Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle:

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

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

Fath'r and I went down to camp,
 Along with Captain Gooding,
 And there we saw the men and boys
 As thick as hasty pudding. 
And there we saw a thousand men
 As rich as Squire David,
 And what they wasted every day,
 I wish it could be saved. 
The 'lasses they eat it every day,
 Would keep a house a winter;
 They have so much, that I'll be bound,
 They eat it when they've mind ter. 
And there I see a swamping gun
 Large as a log of maple,
 Upon a deuced little cart,
 A load for father's cattle. 
And every time they shoot it off,
 It takes a horn of powder,
 and makes a noise like father's gun,
 Only a nation louder. 
I went as nigh to one myself
 As 'Siah's inderpinning;
 And father went as nigh again,
 I thought the deuce was in him. 
Cousin Simon grew so bold,
 I thought he would have cocked it;
 It scared me so I shrinked it off
 And hung by father's pocket. 
And Cap'n Davis had a gun,
 He kind of clapt his hand on't
 And stuck a crooked stabbing iron
 Upon the little end on't 
And there I see a pumpkin shell
 As big as mother's bason,
 And every time they touched it off
 They scampered like the nation. 
I see a little barrel too,
 The heads were made of leather;
 They knocked on it with little clubs
 And called the folks together. 
And there was Cap'n Washington,
 And gentle folks about him;
 They say he's grown so 'tarnal proud
 He will not ride without em'. 
He got him on his meeting clothes,
 Upon a slapping stallion;
 He sat the world along in rows,
 In hundreds and in millions. 
The flaming ribbons in his hat,
 They looked so tearing fine, ah,
 I wanted dreadfully to get
 To give to my Jemima. 
I see another snarl of men
 A digging graves they told me,
 So 'tarnal long, so 'tarnal deep,
 They 'tended they should hold me. 
It scared me so, I hooked it off,
 Nor stopped, as I remember,
 Nor turned about till I got home,
 Locked up in mother's chamber. 

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