Over There

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Over There (1917) was a popular American patriotic song during World War I, as again in World War II, to encourage men to enroll in the armed forces to fight the "Huns" and "make your mothers proud of you." He wrote several other patriotic tunes, including The Yankee Doodle Boy and You're a Grand Old Flag.
An illustration for the story Over There by the author George M. Cohan
An illustration for the story Over There by the author George M. Cohan
An illustration for the story Over There by the author George M. Cohan
Chorus

Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there
That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming
The drums rum-tumming everywhere.
So prepare, say a prayer,
Send the word, send the word to beware -
We'll be over, we're coming over,
And we won't come back till it's over, over there.

Verse 1 Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun. Take it on the run, on the run, on the run. Hear them calling you and me, Every Sons of Liberty. Hurry right away, no delay, go today. Make your Daddy glad to have had such a lad. Tell your sweetheart not to pine, To be proud her boy's in line. Over There: Uncle Sam Wants You! Verse 2 Johnny, get your gun, get your gun, get your gun. Johnny, show the "Hun" you're a son-of-a-gun. Hoist the flag and let her fly Yankee Doodle do or die. Pack your little kit, show your grit, do your bit. Yankee to the ranks from the towns and the tanks. Make your Mother proud of you And the old red-white-and-blue Chorus Over there, over there, Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming The drums rum-tumming everywhere. So prepare, say a prayer, Send the word, send the word to beware - We'll be over, we're coming over, And we won't come back till it's over, over there.

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