"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Little Monday Music - July 4, 1776 - Patriotic Songs

Yankee Doodle

The tune of Yankee Doodle is thought to be much older than the lyrics, being well known across western Europe, including EnglandFranceHollandHungary, and Spain. 

The earliest words of "Yankee Doodle" came from a Middle Dutch harvest song which is thought to have followed the same tune, possibly dating back as far as 15th-century Holland.

The Macaroni wig was an extreme fashion in the 1770s and became slang for being a fop. Dandies were men who placed particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisure hobbies. A self-made dandy was a British middle-class man who impersonated an aristocratic lifestyle. They notably wore silk strip cloth, stuck feathers in their hats, and carried two pocket watches with chains—"one to tell what time it was and the other to tell what time it was not".

The term macaroni was used to describe a fashionable man who dressed and spoke in an outlandishly affected and effeminate manner.

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The Green Mountain Boys

The Green Mountain Boys was a militia organization first established in the late 1760s in the territory between the British provinces of New York and New Hampshire, known as the New Hampshire Grants and later in 1775 as the Vermont Republic (which later became the state of Vermont). It was headed by Ethan Allen.

the Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen captured Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain on May 10, 1775; and invaded Canada in 1775. 

We owe no allegiance, we bow to no throne, 
Our ruler is law and the law is our own; 
Our leaders themselves are our own fellow-men, 
Who can handle the sword and the scythe and the pen 
Hurrah for Vermont! For the land that we till 
Must have sons to defend her from valley and hill 
Our vow is recorded--our banner unfurled, 
In the name of Vermont we defy all the world! 
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer the green mountaineer

The flag of the Green Mountain Boys proudly flying over my Rancho in the mountains of Central California.

Yankee Privateer

American Revolutionary War Song about Captain Abraham Whipple and his sailors fighting the British Navy.

Whipple was commissioned a captain in the Continental Navy on December 22 and was given command of 24-gun ship Columbus. From February 17 to April 8, 1776, he commanded the ship during the first Continental Navy-Marine Corps amphibious expedition—the cruise to New Providence, in the Bahamas, to seize essential military supplies from the British garrison at Nassau.

Several ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Whipple in his honor. There is a Whipple Street, Avenue or Court in almost every one of the 39 municipalities in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
- - - The Star Spangled Banner (1814)

The Greatest Man in History
My, my how petty and small the modern political hacks
look in comparison to George Washington.

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