Over There

"Over There" is a song with words and lyrics by George M. Cohan written as the U.S. entered World War I.

Date: 1917Composer: George M. CohanText: George M. Cohan

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Over There
by George M. Cohan

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,
Everyone for liberty.
Hurry right away,
No delay, start 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.

Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there—
That the Yanks (after v. 2: Sammys) are coming,
The Yanks (Sammys) are coming,
The drums rum-tumming
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 come back till it’s over
Over there.

Johnnie, get your gun,
Get your gun, get your gun,
Johnnie 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

Chorus (sung twice)

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