Yankee Doodle Parodies

“Yankee Doodle” practically started out as a playground song – popular with both sides of the American Revolution, early versions had all sorts of references to violence and farting (see The Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History). Soldiers added new parody verses all the time, and kids are still doing it. The one I remember best from the 80s demonstrates a sort of charming ignorance about the birds and the bees:

Yankee Doodle went to town
riding on a lady
stuck a feather up her butt
and then she had a baby

I’m sure that other variations corrected the body part to make it that much closer to accurate. Indeed, it’s very similar to one Iona Opie collected in the UK in the late 70s:

Yankee doodle went to town
riding on a pony
puller ‘er tit
she had a shit
and then she had a baby

ANother that goes around:

Yankee doodle went to town
riding on a turtle
hit a hump and skinned his rump
and landed in a garbage dump
.

My favorite 1770s verse written by the British soldiers (presumably):


Dolly Bushel let a fart,
Jenny Jones, she found it,
Ambrose carried it to the mill,
Where Doctor Warren ground it.

Which versions did YOU know?

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33 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Don't know when/where I thought/heard of this:

    Yankee Doodle went to town,
    riding on a heater,
    accidentally turned it on,
    and barbecued his wiener.

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  2. Anonymous

    My friend told me this one…

    Yankee Doodle went to town
    riding on his mother
    every time they hit a bump
    he got another brother

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  3. Dolly B

    What did i leav!

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  4. Anonymous

    Yankee Doodle went to space
    riding on a rocket
    landed on an astronaut
    and pissed on Davy Crocket

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  5. Anonymous

    I heard this from my brother in nebraska 2010:yankee doodle went to town riding on a rocket stuck his finger up his butt and called it hersheys chocolate.

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  6. Anonymous

    My seven year old son came home from church this afternoon (Newton Mass. 9/11/2011, though basically we're visiting here from Toronto, Canada for a few months) singing the following. He told me he had made this up this morning:

    Yankee Doodle hates his town,
    And he needs a pony.
    He has a dog and hates his frog,
    And loves his macaroni!

    I suppose that's how these things get invented — 7 year old jesters-in-the-making!

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  7. Anonymous

    yankee doodle went to town riding on a turtle turned the corner just in time to see a ladys gurtle

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  8. Anonymous

    Yankee doodle went to to town
    Riding on a TV
    Accidently turned it on
    And saw a naked lady!

    (ie, "Ottawa, 1998)

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  9. Anonymous

    THERR IS ALSO (I HAVE 2)

    1. YANKEE DOODLE WENT TO TOWN
    RIDING ON A HEATER
    HE TURNED IT UP TO 95
    AND BURNT HIS LITTLE WIENER

    2. YANKEE DOODLE WENT TO TOWN
    RIDING ON A ROCKET
    HE STUCK HIS FINGER UP HIS BUTT
    AND CALLED IT HERSHEY CHOCOLATE

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  10. mw3

    Yankee doodle went to town riding on a train stuck a needle up his butt and cald it chocolate rain

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  11. Anonymous

    Guess I just had a clean version that makes absolutely no sense

    Yankee Doodle went to town
    Riding on a pony
    Stuck a feather in his cap
    And called it macaroni

    That was on Long Island in the mid 1970's

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  12. mw3

    I <3 yankee doodle songs they aré awesome
    by the way
    mw3 me and my friend isabella hurd made it up

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  13. Anonymous

    Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a owl,yankee doodle hit a bump & lost his freakin towel !

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  14. Anonymous

    Yankee doodle went to town riding on a loser,made it to ocmd and got his own set of hooters!!

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  15. Anonymous

    Yankee doodle went to town
    Riding on a girl
    She stuck his dick in her mouth
    And now she wants to hurl

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  16. Raiden Coles

    yankee doodle went to town riding on a pickaxe everytime he mined some stone he wouldsay oh i call my self eat some s***

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  17. Raiden Coles

    yankee doodle went to town riding on a xbox everytime time he got the red rings of death he would kill hisself oh my!

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  18. Jeffrey Young

    I remember a very racy version from Michigan recess in the sixties

    yankee doodle went to london just to ride the queenie
    stuck his finger in her twat and then he used his weenie…

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  19. Matt

    I heard this same version in Maryland at my elementary school around 2000

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  20. Rachel Ross

    Yankee Doodle went to town
    Riding on his mother
    Ev'ry time he hit a bump
    He got a brand new brother

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  21. Stuart Morrow

    Yankee Doodle went to town
    A dying on a pony
    stuck a lit match in his cap
    and shot his macaroni

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  22. william keele

    Yankee doodle went to town ridding on man stuck his finger up his butt and called him uncle Sam.

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  23. Homura Hino

    Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a jerk. He turned around and saw someone like Miley Cyrus twerk.

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  24. Homura Hino

    Yankee Doodle went to a store, riding on a boar. He killed his boar so he could get a fucking stupid whore.

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  25. socorro

    Ithaca, NY circa 1970:

    Yankee Doodle went to town riding in a stagecoach,
    Hit a bump
    And skinned his rump
    and landed in the city dump

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  26. Antarctica

    That's just British making fun of colonists in the late 1770's, I think.
    Well, the actual version was hat instead of cap though.

    So the colonists were not supplied well as the British were back then. "macaroni" is what they said when a person was flattering in his/her fashion, so British are saying the colonist's best outfit is feather stuck on their cap.

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  27. Mad Dog Gatecrasher

    Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a turtle
    Rode into the ladies shop and came out with a girdle

    Or

    Turned the corner just in time to see a lady's girdle.

    NJ 1980s

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  28. rafael conti

    Rafffy Conti went to Queens riding on the E train.
    He put some noodles in a dish and said it looked like Lo Mein.
    Raffy Conti got called Ralph and then he got called Randy.
    All the girls in East Elmhurst are sweet as a chocolate candy.

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  29. John

    Roman reigns went to town riding on pony
    But the pony threw him off
    Cause he was a big phony

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  30. Jerry

    Donald Trump was going to his house riding on a donkey everytime Hillary saw him she thought he was a big, stupid,old jockey!

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  31. Natalie

    Yankee doodle went to town
    Riding on a rocket
    Stuck his pinkie in his mouth
    then stuck it in a socket

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  32. David Stewart

    Yankee Doodle went town
    Saw Donald Trump
    Went right up to his crown
    And took a big ol’ dump

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  33. George

    Yankee doodle went to London to give the queen the bird,
    Stuck a feather in her ass which tickled George III (George the third)

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