"The World Turned Upside Down" is an English novelty song. It was first published on a broadside in 1643 as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. Parliament, coming under the influence of the Puritan coalition, believed the holiday should be a solemn occasion, and outlawed traditional English Christmas celebrations which were full of merriment and licentiousness. There are several versions of the lyrics. It is sung to the tune of the ballad, "When the King Enjoys His Own Again".

Tradition has it that when Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at the Siege of Yorktown (1781), the last major battle of the American Revolution, the British band played this tune.

The World Turned Upside Down in AtlantisEdit

When General Cornwallis surrendered his army, ending the Siege of Croydon and effectively the Atlantean War of Independence, he had his military band play "The World Turned Upside Down" as his soldiers stack arms before the Atlantean and French forces.[1]

A long lifetime later, Consul Leland Newton was reminded of this as the Atlantean Army stacked arms when they surrendered to Frederick Radcliff's and Lorenzo's rebelling slaves' army effectively ending the armed conflict phase of the Atlantean Servile Insurrection.[2]

The World Turned Upside Down in Days of InfamyEdit

As the American defense of Hawaii began to collapse to the Japanese invasion, Jim Peterson thought about the song "The World Turned Upside Down". He knew that the British had played the song when they surrendered to the Colonists at Yorktown, and as the US Army was nearing the edge of its rope, he began to realize that he understood how the British must have felt, being walloped by people whom they believed to be inferior.[3]

The World Turned Upside Down in "The Last Article"Edit

When British Field Marshal Auchinleck surrendered the Army of India to German Field Marshall Walther Model in 1947, he had his military band play "The World Turned Upside Down". Model asked his adjutant Dieter Lasch what the tune was and if it had any significance. Lasch replied that General Charles Cornwallis had the song played when he surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown.

The World Turned Upside Down in Southern VictoryEdit

Hal Jacobs whistled "The World Turned Upside Down" while preparing to attend the inauguration of Upton Sinclair as the first Socialist President in 1921. He commented that it seemed appropriate, given how inconceivable the end of the Democrats' generation-long monopoly on the Presidency would have seemed just a few years earlier.


  1. The United States of Atlantis, pgs. 382-383, HC.
  2. Liberating Atlantis, pg. 308, HC.
  3. Days of Infamy, pg. 159, HC.
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