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George M. Cohan performing "Over There"

"George M. Cohan singing ‘Over There’" from the recording entitled A Tribute to George M. Cohan , Folkways RFS 604, provided courtesy ofSmithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1983, Used by permission.

Sam Harris, Cohan’s partner in producing Broadway shows for Sixteen years, introduces Cohan at the tribute Harris himself produced for the Catholic Actors Guild. Then, Cohan is called upon to sing his most famous song, "Over There", with an orchestra engaged especially for this dinner to celebrate Cohan’s 60th birthday.

Partial Lyrics:
"…Johnny Get Your Gun, get your gun, get your gun
Take it on the run, on the run, on the run
Here them calling,
You and Me
Every Son of Liberty
Hurry Right Away, Don’t delay, Go today
Make You’re 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 …"


"Over There," World War I inspirational song

"Over There" World War I inspirational song
By George M. Cohan. Sung By: Nora Bayes and recorded on a 78 rpm record in 1918

In 1917 just as America entered World War I, Cohan wrote the song "Over There." Introduced by Charles King at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the song was made a hit when Nora Bayes recorded it in 1918. In 1937 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was authorized to award the Congressional Medal of Honor for the song’s creation. In June 1942 the song was featured in a biography of Cohan’s life entitled "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Cohan died five months later on November 5, 1942.

Partial lyrics:
"…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
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."


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