Jun 052010

I am not sure if George M. Cohen would have approved the use of “Over There” for the US National Team, but I think it is the best theme song we have had. At least in me, it generates the same kind of patriotic pride that Mr. Cohen intended when he wrote it.  In most ways, we are bigger underdogs now than we were then.

According to Wikipedia, the song was written on a train ride into New York.  Of course, James Cagney’s Yankee Doodle Dandy version is a bit different.  Either way, ALL of us Yanks should be singing this every time our boys take the field, and hoping they perform as well as our boys did in 1917.

You can watch the video below, but of course only the chorus is used.  The lyrics in their entirety follow.

As sung by early-20th century recording artist Billy Murray:

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 Son 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.

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


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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The Coach is a long-time soccer player, coach and fan. He started playing in the dark ages (1970's) and will continue as long as his body will let him. He has coached players from u-7 to adult and players learning the game to players trying to make their national team. He is a dedicated fan of the Oranje.

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