World War I Music:
Patriotic Tunes

World War I music that is considered patriotic has British, French and American overtones.

Some of the better loved songs popular during World War 1 are listed here, with a brief history of each tune.

  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
    This ever popular war song was actually written during the Spanish-American War, but did not begin to catch on until the Civil War. It became VERY popular during WWI.

  • Pack Up Your Troubles (in Your Old Kit Bag)
    "and smile, smile smile!"

  • It's A Long Way to Tipperary

  • Hinky Dinky Parley Voo (Hinky Dinky Parlez Vous)
    A spoof of the French language - American "doughboys" as they were called, didn't know much of the French language.
    To simplify things, whatever he didn't know the words for became "hinky dinky"!

    This was an American song with an endless variety of verses - some made up by the soldiers themselves.

    The lyrics were possibly written at Armentieres - a kind of rest area for the soldiers located behind the British line.

  • Over There!
    An inspirational song about the soldiers going across the ocean to bail out England and France.
    It was a rousing call to action and resolve.

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