Have You Ever?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by melbo, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Put a feather in your cap and called it macaroni?

  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    The song's origins were in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial "Yankees" with whom they served in the French and Indian War. At the time, the most common meaning of the word doodle was that of "simpleton" or "fool". It is believed that the tune comes from the nursery rhyme Lucy Locket.

    A "macaroni", in mid-18th-century England, was a dandyish young man with affected Continental mannerisms; the joke being that the Yankees believed that a feather in the hat was sufficient to make them the height of fashion

    During the American Civil War, Southerners added some new lines of their own:

    Yankee Doodle had a mind
    To whip the Southern rebels,
    Because they did not choose to live
    On codfish from his tables.

    Yankee Doodle, fa, so la,
    Yankee Doodle dandy,
    And so to keep his courage up,
    He took a drink of brandy.

    Dixie whipped old Yankee Doodle
    Early in the morning.
    Yankeedom had best look out
    And take a timely warning.

    Hurrah! for our Dixie land,
    Hurrah! for our borders!
    Southern boys to arms will stand
    And whip the dark marauders.
  3. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Put a feather in your cap and called it macaroni?

    Yes....but I was quite drunk at the time.

    Liked that Southern version, there Blackjack....thanks !
  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Only to entertain the children (I swear!).

    I'd never heard (seen) those lyrics before. Good one, Blackjack!
  5. sheen_estevez

    sheen_estevez Monkey+++

    Put a feather in my........., oh wait never mind :shock:
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