Give my Regards to Broadway Sheet Music

June 8, 2017
Give My Regards to Broadway

Little Johnny Jones George M. Cohan and first wife Ethel Levy kick up their heels in Little Johnny Jones (1904).

George M. Cohan introduced this song himself in Little Johnny Jones (1904). The title character is an American jockey who has come to London to race in the English Derby on an American horse named Yankee Doodle. He is telling a crowd of admirers about his plans to win the race. The verses and refrain are in stirring 2/4 march time.

This is the lyric as it appears in the original sheet music, published by F.A. Mills (NY) in 1904.

Verse I
I'm the kid that's all the candy,
I'm a Yankee Doodle dandy,
I'm glad I am,
So's Uncle Sam.
I'm a real live Yankee Doodle,
Made my name and fame and boodle
Just like Mister Doodle did, by riding on a pony.
I love to listen to the Doodle strain,
I long to see the girl I left behind me;
And that ain't a josh,
She's a Yankee, by gosh,
Oh, say can you see
Anything about a Yankee that's phony?

Refrain
I'm a Yankee Doodle dandy,
AYankee Doodle, do or die;
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's,
Born on the Fourth of July.
I've got aYankee Doodle sweetheart,
She's my Yankee Doodle joy.
Yankee Doodle came to London,
Just to ride the ponies,
I am a Yankee Doodle boy.

Verse 2
Father's name was Hezikiah,
Mother's name was Ann Maria,
Yanks through and through,
Red, White and Blue.
Father was so Yankee-hearted,
When the Spanish war was started
He slipped on his uniform and hopped up on a pony.
My mother's mother was a Yankee true,
My father's father was a Yankee too,
And that's going some,
For the Yankees, by gum,
Oh, say can you see
Anything about my pedigree that's phony?

(Repeat Refrain)

Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan

Cohan introduced this in Little Johnny Jones (1904). American jockey Johnny Jones has been falsely accused of losing the English Derby on purpose, and must stay in London for the investigation that he hopes will clear his name. With this song, he bids farewell to his friends sailing home. The verses and refrain are in 2/4 march time.

Verse I
Did you ever see two Yankees part
Upon a foreign shore,
When the good ship's just about to start
For old New York once more?
With tear-dimmed eye, they say good-bye,
They're friends, without a doubt;
When the man on the pier
Shouts, "Let them clear, "
As the ship strikes out.

Refrain
Give my regards to Broadway,
Remember me to Herald Square.
Tell all the gang at Forty-second Street
That I will soon be there.
Whisper of how I'm yearning
To mingle with the old-time throng;

Source: www.musicals101.com
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