Yankee Doodle” is a well-known US song, often sung patriotically today. It is the state anthem of Connecticut. The song’s origins were in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War. The word doodle first appeared in the early seventeenth century to mean a fool or simpleton, and is thought to derive from the Low German dudel or dödel, meaning “fool” or “simpleton”.
It is believed that the tune comes from the nursery rhyme “Lucy Locket”. The mention of ‘Macaroni’ is a reference to an over the top sense of fashion and the men who took part in it, whom were often referred to as the “Macaroni Club”. One version of the Yankee Doodle lyrics is attributed to Doctor Richard Shuckburgh, a British Army surgeon, who wrote the song after witnessing the unprofessional appearance of Colonel Thomas Fitch, Jr., the son of Connecticut Governor Thomas Fitch, who arrived in Albany in 1755 with the Connecticut militia.
Yankee Doodle came to town,A-ridin’ on a pony;He stuck a feather in his hat And called it macaroni.Yankee Doodle keep it up,Yankee Doodle Dandy;Mind the music and the steps And with the girls be handy. Father and I went down to camp,Along with Cap’n Goodwin;The men and boys all stood around As thick as hasty puddin’ .Yankee Doodle keep it up,Yankee Doodle Dandy;Mind the music and the stepsAnd with the girls be handy