"a rendition of 'Yankee-doodle-dandy'"

Yankee Doodle is yet another classic American song in the Colonel's repertoire.  It was created, however, by British soldiers in the 1770s, in mockery of the disorganised Yankee colonels with whom they served in the French and Indian War, 1754-1763.  The term 'Doodle' is thought to derive from German 'dudel', meaning simpleton; a Macaroni wig was the height of 17th century fashion, a hair periwig built up to extreme proportions.  The tune implies that Yankee soldiers were simple enough to believe that a simple feather would have the same effect as the true Macaroni.  However, it is now a popular patriotic song and the state anthem of Connecticut.