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"George M. Cohan singing ‘Over There’"
From A Tribute to George M. Cohan
© Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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"Over There"
World War I inspirational song
By George M. Cohan and sung by Nora Bayes

George M. Cohan Sheet Music
1918

"Your Song--My Song--Our Boys' Song: Over There"
"Johnnie, 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, no delay, Make your daddy glad To have had such a lad. Tell your sweetheart not pine, To be proud her boy's in line. 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 Ev'rywhere. So prepare, say a pray'r, Send the word, send the word to beware. We'll be over, we're coming over, And we won't be back till it's over Over there." In 1940 Congress awarded Cohan a special medal for his popular World War I song. Just three years later, American troops would be "over there"--fighting in Europe--once again.

Notes
The 1942 motion picture "Yankee Doodle Dandy" covered the career of actor, songwriter, playwright, and producer George M. Cohan (1878-1942).
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Learn more!
· Archives Center finding aid for Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, 1794-1980
· George M. Cohan performing "Over There"
· "Over There," World War I inspirational song

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