A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 05, 2014
“Coca Cola went to town, Pepsi Cola shot him down”

A popular children’s chant is:

Coca Cola went to town,
Pepsi Cola shot him down.
Dr. Pepper fixed him up,
Now we all drink 7-Up


“Pepsi-Cola went to town” was cited in print in 1960; the author of the chant is not known. Several verses are often added to the end, usually involving Mountain Dew.


20 January 1960, Richmond (VA) Post-Dispatch, “Charles McDowell Today: A Scene at Breakfast,” pg. 15, col. 2:
Daughter: I’ll have to tell you. Pepsi-Cola went to town—Coca-Cola knocked him down—Seven-Up picked him up—Dr. Pepper fixed him up.

Google Books
One Thing After Another
By Charles McDowell
Richmond, VA: Dietz Press
1960
Pg. 97:
Jenny: I’ll have to tell you. Pepsi-Cola went to town — Coca-Cola knocked him down — Seven-Up picked him up — Dr. Pepper fixed him up.

28 March 1967, Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, PA), “The Junior Reporter Club,” pg. 24, col. 4:
The Duel
Sent in by

JOSEPH BROSSO
Appletree
Cocoa Cola came to town.
Pepsi Cola shot him down.
Dr. Pepper nursed him up,
And now he’s drinking 7-Up.

25 June 1971, The Morning Herald - The Evening Standard (Uniontown, PA), “The Junior Reporter Club,” pg. 19, col. 4:
COCO COLA
By CYNTHIA KOPOSKO
Uniontown
Coca Cola went to town,
Pepsi Cola shot him down,
Dr. Pepper fixed him up,
And now they’re drinking 7-Up.

Google Books
Mir Publications
1973
Pg. 25:
“coca cola went to town
pepsi cola shot him down
Dr. Pepper fixed it up
and they all had 7 up”

25 March 1977, Havre (MT) Daily News, pg. 4, col. 1:
THE POP POEM
Coke a Cola went to town,
Pepsi Cola shot him down,
Dr. Pepper fixed him up,
And now they’re drinking 7-Up.
Dell McCann
Grade 5
Lincoln-McKinley

12 July 1981, Trenton (NJ) Times, “Poetry Corner,” Funtimes, pg 1, col. 2:
Coca-cola came to town.
Pepsi-cola knocked him down.
Dr. Pepper fixed him up.
Now he looks like Seven-Up.
Dennis York
5th Grade
Wilson Elementary
Hamilton Twp.


Google Books
From Abba to Zoom:
A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century

By David Mansour
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Universal Company
2005
Pg. 262 (KIDDIE CHANTS):
“Coca-Cola went to town / Pepsi-Cola knocked him down / Dr. Pepper fixed him up / Then they all drank Seven-Up.”

YouTube
coca cola went to town
MrRigby666
Uploaded on Jul 30, 2011
coca cola went to town
Pepsi cola shot him down
Dr pepper fixed him up
now were drinking 7 up
7 up got the flu
now were drinking mountain dew
mountain dew fell of the mountain
now were drinking cherry fountain
cherry fountain had a stroke
now were back to drinking coke

YouTube
The Soda Song
Shattered Haven
Published on Jun 11, 2013
I try to sing my favorite song while my sister trys and ruins me.
Lyrics: ( in case you couldn’t hear )

Im a little coconut
Sittin’ in a coconut tree
Everybody steps on me
That is why im cracked you see

Im a nut what what
Im a nut what what
Im craaazzyyyy

Coca Cola went to town,
Pepsi Cola shot him down
Dr. Pepper fixed him up,
Now we all drink 7-Up

Im a nut what what
Im a nut what what
Im craaazyyyy

Seven up got the flu
Now we all drink Mountain Dew
Mountain dew fell of the mountain
Now we all drink from a fountain

Im a nut what what
Im a nut what what
Im craaazzzzyyy

Fountain water made us choke
Now we all drink diet coke
Diet coke went to lunch
Now we all drink Hawaiian Punch

Im a nut what what
Im a nut what what
Im craazzzzyyy

Hawaiian punch hit the spot
Now this song has got to STOP.

YouTube
Cocoa cola went to town
Dancergirlkaija113
Published on Jun 13, 2013
Cocoa cola went to town pepsi cola knocked him down dr pepper fixed him up now in drinking 7 up 7 up caught the flew now i am drinking mt dew mt dew fell off the mountain now i am drinking water fountain water fountain broke.................now i am drinking coke WORD!!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, March 05, 2014 • Permalink