"Over There" Constructed Response Activity
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.
prepare, Say a prayer, Send the word, Send the word to beware.
It will be over We're coming over And we won't come back
Till it's over, over There
get your gun, Get your gun, get your gun back in town to run
Home to run, home to run, Hear them calling you and me
Every son of liberty Hurry right away don't delay go today
Make your daddy glad to have had such a lad
Tell your sweetheart not to pine to be proud their boy's in line.
( © 1917 by George M. Cohan )
1) Who wrote the song Over There, and
when was it written?
2) Who are the "Yanks"? Where were
they going, and why?
3) Read the lyrics for the Motorhead song, 1916.
How does the mood and feeling of this song compare to Over There? Refer
to specific lyrics to explain your answer.
4) Why were songs like Over There
written during the war years? What was the purpose of these types of songs and
what term do we use to describe this type of media?
5) How did new
technologies and trench warfare contribute to the horrible destruction and
great loss of life during the war? Refer to specific examples.