Over There

Words & music by George M. Cohan - 1917

Cohan was one of the giants of the American musical theater and a very patriotic fellow. Among his other hits were "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Yankee Doodle Boy," and "Give My Regards to Broadway." This rousing salute to the troops beautifully reflects the can-do attitude of the Doughboys. However, the last chorus reveals the macabre realities reflected in soldiers' renditions of the song, after having seen what trench warfare was actually like.

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