Yankee Doodle is a controversial children song that has found its way into becoming one of the best nursery rhymes of all times. Its historical underpinning teaches children facts about the British and American Revolution and as well communicates patriotism in children.
A long long time ago, there lived an old man called Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was a very brave soldier who fought valiantly for the independence of his country. He fought with other soldiers mainly in the bushes and remote parts of the country.
One day, the president of his country invited Yankee Doodle Dandy to the state house to receive an award for his patriotism and valiance as a soldier. Yankee Doodle Dandy was excited when he received the invitation but there was a problem, he had never been to the city, neither did he know how to dress for an occasion like that. Even his family members and friends had never visited the city so they all were as confused as Yankee Doddle.
“I am a soldier, I have fought and won many battles, I can do this”. With that, he got dressed in his best clothes, rode on his pony and galloped away.
When he approached the city, he saw everyone lined up waving and cheering at him. His pony began dancing and Yankee Doddle said; “hey Pony, mind the music and the steps”. He brought out a piece of candy, gave his pony some bites and continued moving towards the state house to see the president while waving at the people and sticking out the feathers on his hat every now and then.
The president prepared a feast for Yankee Doddle and invited him up to receive his medals and award of bravery. Before he received his awards, the president asked him; “Yankee Doddle, what is this on your hat?” “Oh, it is called it macaroni” he responded and everyone laughed and began to sing;
Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni’
Yankee Doddle Dandy received his awards, rode on his pony and galloped home with everyone singing and capping behind him.