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  • Larry Lozon
    ... From: Betsy Bashore To: WarOf1812@onelist.com Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 1:59 PM Subject: [WarOf1812] (no subject)
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      From: Betsy Bashore <bjb_remote@...>
      To: WarOf1812@onelist.com
      Date: Friday, June 25, 1999 1:59 PM
      Subject: [WarOf1812] (no subject)
      Please put a subject to
      your E's. It is getting very
      hard to search the Archives
      without a "SUBJECT".
      Also it has been requested
      by the Moderator.


      >From: Betsy Bashore <bjb_remote@...>
      >You've confused what I wrote-- (And I think I probably made it worse in the
      >email I sent to you earlier).
      >The TUNE for Yankee Doodle is of imprecise origin-- traced to a 1740-50 song--
      >just the right time for a "mock your neighbor" parody following the F&I period
      >(Thank you, Benton for the reassertion).
      >The LYRICS for Yankee Doodle have been so numerous that they have not been
      >cataloged or even thoroughly researched. If you were to examine broadsides and
      >newspapers from the revolution through the War of 1812, you could conceviably
      >find a new set of lyrics in each paper for each event in the US' early
      >history-- probably a new set for each time the weather changed. The "macaroni"
      >line is more commonly associated with teh modern version every school child
      >learns, rather than the more descriptive, colorful period versions.
      >I mentioned the surrender of Yorktown version-- "Cornwallis did a country
      >dance"-- there is also a version from the XYZ affair with a line "spank them
      >hard and handy OH"-- referring to Frenchmen and their posteriors (Ok THAT one
      >is probably my favorite for its more colorful lyrics).
      >Our common knowledge of the tune and lyric of Yankee Doodle today is only a
      >fraction of the history of the song. And though it was developed in the
      >pre-revolutionary period and not published, it did become emblematic of
      >American revolutionary spirit through the War of 1812. Also remember, without
      >recordings, if you wanted to write a new tune set to XXXXX music-- yankee
      >doodle was well know, easy to remember, easy to rhyme.meter your lyric to. I
      >have hear that a gentleman at the Clements library is cataloging early 19th
      >century music braodsides-- I'd love to see the varieties of 'Doodle that he's
      >PS-- Jim-- Diaries-- check the shelf-- Also check out the two sets from Ft.
      >Niagara-- Soldier of the War of 1812 & sailors of the War of 1812.
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