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Old 07-16-2008, 04:41 AM
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What's your favorite military song (or cadence)?

I've never served myself, but I do like military songs and cadences. I thinks it's hard to beat the Ranger's 'Blood Upon the Risers' ('Glory Glory, What a Hellava Way to Die')

Holy shit that songs haunting.

Here's a youtube of it:

Blood Upon the Risers

Anybody else have a favorite?
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:46 AM
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Anything but the Infantry March. I am partial to The Thunderer and the Washington Post. I would like to hear Sousa's Under the Double Eagle.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:22 AM
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Sung to the tune of The Halls of Montezuma a British Airborne song.

We have a nasty reputation for seducing little boys
For raping old age pensioners
And breaking Crap Hats toys
We are the arseholes of the nation
We are the cunts you never see
We're a bunch of loud mouthed bastards

We are the airborne infantry!
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:32 AM
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I do like The Halls of Montezuma. Seems to hearken back to a more spirited, purposeful time. Course I don't really know many service songs at all.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:33 AM
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There she was, just a- walkin' down the street . . .
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:43 AM
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Does this count? It's from Girl Scout Camp....

Left, left, left right left.
Left, left, left right left.
I left my wife and forty-six children home in the kitchen with only one hamburger
left, left, left right left...
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Old 07-16-2008, 01:30 PM
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Three by Kipling, which I've heard set to marchable martial-style music by Leslie Fish:

"Boots"

"Birds of Prey"

"Rimini"
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Sorry, Leslie Fish.
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I've never served myself, but I do like military songs and cadences. I thinks it's hard to beat the Ranger's 'Blood Upon the Risers' ('Glory Glory, What a Hellava Way to Die')

Holy shit that songs haunting.

Here's a youtube of it:

Blood Upon the Risers

Anybody else have a favorite?

Blood on the Risers was (I shit you not) the first song I ever learned to sing. Why, yes, my father was in the 82nd Airborne. Why do you ask?

The 82nd Airborne All-American Choir used to come to my grade school every year and perform a concert. Other than saying "heckuva", they did Blood on the Risers just as in the YouTube clip cited in the OP -- blood splattering and all. In the final verse, as they described the remains of the poor rookie scattered all over the landing zone, various members of the chorus burst into hammy sobs and pantomimed picking up body parts from the ground. And 500 school kids screamed with glee and nearly wet their collective pants from laughing.

I loved growing up in the Army.
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Not quite what you were looking for - but I like the music for "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" (the Navy Hymn).
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:26 PM
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From a great movie depicting one of the greatest bad ass moments in all military history.

Men of Harlech wasn't the actual anthem of the 24th Reg of foot at the time of Rorke's Drift but it was soon after.

I can't get a recording of it, but if the Zulu's song in response sounded anything like the movie I would have shit my pants as well.

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Old 07-16-2008, 04:53 PM
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Not quite what you were looking for - but I like the music for "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" (the Navy Hymn).
It will be sung at my funeral. Surely a great military song, but not a cadence or march.
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A few different ones, for me...

•The Minstrel Boy.

•I found the lyrics to this one, awhile back, and thought it was rather gruesomely charming.

Phantom flyers in the sky,
Persian pukes prepare to die,
Rolling in with snake and nape,
Allah creates but we cremate.

North of Tehran, we did go,
When the FAC said from bellow,
'Hit my smoke, and you will find,
The Arabs there are in a bind.'

Probably incomplete, and/or out of order. Occasionally, to kill an odd moment of time, I tinker with this one to try and update it. (The best rhyme I could come up with for "glass" was "ash.")

•Any number of Marine Corps running cadences—we had the Run to Cadence with the U.S. Marines tape ever since I was a little kid. I think I probably learned "My Grandaddy was a Horse Marine" before "Itsy Bitsy Spider."

•"Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kit Bag)" Anyone else imagine Snoop—er, the World War I Flying Ace, just for a second, when hearing this one?
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(Not sure of the OP: cadences/jody calls, marching songs, marches?) Anyway, the highlighted links are to streaming video

The Germans have so many of them, the vast majority of which are too "oompha-oompha" for my tastes, but I do like :
Unser Rommel (nice intro) and Panzerleid "has a nice beat and you can invade Poland to it."

The French have some peppy tunes, although the Foreign Legion's are either dirge-like to match their 80-pace a minute march, or are borrowed for Nazi songs (more on that topic than anyone is interested in knowing).

The Austrians gave us one of the most fun marches, so much so that we could forget what a nasty empire they ran.

The Russians have always been singing, marching fools, Some of my favories are
My litle doorstep (which Stravinski used in the ballet "Petruschka.") and "Off We Go"

Further east, let's not forget that the Persian & Turks invented military music (Inspiring to march to? Maybe, but not necessarily sideways.)

World War One was the last great singing war we're likely to have until World War Four, and many of its best songs were used in the musical & film Oh What a Lovely War. But for a short run-thorugh, there was an entire episode of CBS's 1964 World War One devoted to them.
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When I was a kid my grandpa (who was in the Army, in the Korean War) always sang these two songs:

1. "You're in the Army now! You're in the Army now!" That's all I can remember of it.

2. "It's time to get up, it's time to get up, it's time to get up in the morning!" (To the tune of Reveille.) That one annoyed the hell out of me because I hated being woken up in the morning.

I would have to say my favorite ones are the ones they sing in Full Metal Jacket.
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Back in the late 70's, when my husband was in the Army, there was a cadence song that featured various people from the Bible. I only remember a few phrases:

Jesus led a 12 man A-team
Noah led a water mission
David was a small-arms expert

There was a chorus between these phrases of some kind but I don't remember any more. Does anybody else remember this?
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I would love to find this old Cold War one. A sergeant in my company was the only one I heard do it. It was a running cadence to the tune of Davy Crokett. I only remember the one line, "We fired our TOWs and the Commies kept a commin."
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When I was a kid my grandpa (who was in the Army, in the Korean War) always sang these two songs:

1. "You're in the Army now! You're in the Army now!" That's all I can remember of it.
You're not behind a plow! So dig that ditch, you son of a bitch, you're in the Army now!


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I would love to find this old Cold War one. A sergeant in my company was the only one I heard do it. It was a running cadence to the tune of Davy Crokett. I only remember the one line, "We fired our TOWs and the Commies kept a commin."
That sounds more like Johnny' Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans".
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Do you want running or marching?

My best cadence for running is:

C-130 rolling down the strip
64 Paratroopers, one way trip
Mission top secret destination unknown
Don't even care if they ever coming home

Stand up, Hook up shuffle to the door
Jump right out and you count to four
If my main don't open wide
I got a reserve by my side
If that one should fail me, too
Look out below 'cause I'm coming through

Bury me on the Russian front
Bury me with a Russian...rifle


For marching:
[chorus]
Hail, hail, lock and load
The sound of the roters
Is loud and cold
But I was always redy to go
So early in the morning[/chorus]

My daddy said I was a fool
When I requested Airborne School
But I was always ready to go
So early in the morning
[chorus]

They sent me off to eighty duce
A band of killers on the loose
But I was always redy to go
So early in the morning

At 3 am I got the call
Paratrooper get ready to fall
But I was always ready to go
So early in the morning


There is a lot more, but it is too late to type.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:50 AM
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Alas, my favorite is "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," which I learned in 5th grade when we spent half the year learning Songs of the Revolutionary to the Civil War.
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That sounds more like Johnny' Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans".
That's what I meant. Thanks.
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I'm not particularly fond of any of them, to tell you the truth. The one which is my least favorite, however, is the one that goes:

We... are [Alpha] Company
And we like to do PT
Push-ups, sit-ups
Push-ups, sit-ups, two-mile run
My rucksack, my bayonet...

That's all I can remember, actually. I know there's more (including one that goes, "...And we like to party," but, fortunately, I've blocked it from my memory). A couple years ago, in training, we had a drill sergeant do this one every freaking morning. Ironically, though many of the cadences encouraged killing, nothing made me as blood-thirsty as hearing this one at 4 AM after a few months of it.

Also, both military posts on which I've done training were male and female. I figure that if I had gone to an all-male post (like Fort Benning, where all the other soldiers in my platoon went to), I would have gained more of an appreciation for cadences. However, since I trained with females, all the cadences had to be, for the most part, politically correct.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:10 AM
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Minstrel Boy, especially the Joe Strummer version from Black Hawk Down

When Johnny Comes Marching Home especially the version sung in Waponi in Joe vs the Volcano

It doesn't count, but for some reason I want to say I Get Knocked Down by Chumbawumba

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I'm not particularly fond of any of them, to tell you the truth. The one which is my least favorite, however, is the one that goes:

We... are [Alpha] Company
And we like to do PT
Push-ups, sit-ups
Push-ups, sit-ups, two-mile run
My rucksack, my bayonet...

That's all I can remember, actually.[/snip]
Be glad to help you out:

We are [Bravo] company
And we like to do PT
Push ups, sit ups
Push ups, sit ups all day long

Now stop, beat your face
Bravo Company gonna rock this place
I said HOOAH
Take it back, Take it back
I said HOOAH

Break it down one time.

SSG Schwartz
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Not a cadence song.

My aunt was a WAVE during the early 1960's. She taught me this:

"WAVES of the Navy, there's a ship sailing out to bay,
And she won't come into port again until that victory day.
So carry on for that noble ship and for every hero brave
Who will find ashore that his man-sized chore was done by a Navy WAVE."

I've always been proud of my aunt.

Love, Phil
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:17 AM
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I remember when Captain Jack was a marching cadence and not a DDR song (it's one of my favorite DDR songs though )

Some other good 'uns:

(This one repeats at every line, of course)
There is, a girl, she wears a yellow ribbon,
and if, you ever, asked her why she had one,
she'd say it's for the Airman who is far, far away...

Her dad, he had, a shiny 12-guage shotgon,
and if, you ever, asked him why he had one,
he'd say it's for the Airman who is far, far away...


This one is ironic, since I have a healthy dislike for PT:
Gimme some... PT! Good for you... good for me!

When I was in JROTC, one of the infamous "Forbidden Jodies" was "Sniper's Wonderland", and I vaguely remember another Forbidden Jodie that mentioned that "Napalm Sticks To Kids!"

Oh, and of course, there is the old Air Force standby, Irine, about a fighter pilot's favorite girl on base.

Hmm.. from my iPod on the rare occasions that I actually want to listen to a cadence while I run, I also am fond of I Could Run To California, since I am stationed in Cali right now, so it's a short jog for me to actually do just that.

And there's one I have been making up during PT over the last week, devoted to all of the Air Force students at the Defense Language Insitute who can't keep up with the insane pace of the school here, go ahead and guess the tune:

Lackland, Texas, here I come!
Grab my beret, grab my gun!
I love handcuffs, gimme some!
Security Forces Airman, Huah!
(You have to kinda squish the words in this line to fit the cadence, but it kinda works)

I got some dirty looks for that last one, it hits too close to home here.
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Do you want running or marching?

My best cadence for running is:

[I]C-130 rolling down the strip
64 Paratroopers, one way trip
Mission top secret destination unknown
Don't even care if they ever coming home
A friend of mine in the Army taught me a version of that jodie that she said should never EVER be sung near Airborne soldiers, evidently based on an airplane crash some time ago:

SPOILER:
C-130 rolling down the strip,
hit a rock and the mother fucker flipped!
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A friend of mine in the Army taught me a version of that jodie that she said should never EVER be sung near Airborne soldiers, evidently based on an airplane crash some time ago:

SPOILER:
C-130 rolling down the strip,
hit a rock and the mother fucker flipped!
The next line is even worse...

SPOILER:
64 Paratroopers lost their lives
And all us legs* going drinkin' tonight


*legs: Non-airborne personnel, or those who have never trained to be a paratrooper.

SSG Schwartz
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:48 AM
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Wish I could remember all the words.

There's a well known cadence that goes,

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger!
Live that life of blood and danger.
Airborne Ranger.
Blood and danger ... SHOOT TO KILL!

In our MI unit we changed it to,

I wanna be a chairborne ranger,
[something, something] ... SHOOT TO HURT!

I always thought that was hilarious, especially because the intel gathering we did required us, in wartime, to spend most of our time behind enemy lines and we knew (cold war days) our life expectancy was much shorter than your average grunt, much less an Airborne Ranger.
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In our MI unit we changed it to,

I wanna be a chairborne ranger,
[something, something] ... SHOOT TO HURT!
There's also a "Sick-Call Ranger" version.
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One I learned during basic started out

On the first day of training, my sergeant gave to me
A pamphlet on VD


and went downhill from there. The full version is definitely NSFW and can be found at http:/ / geocities .com/squadron400/12days.htm

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I've always been fond of some of the ones from Full Metal Jacket

I don't know, but I've been told.
I don't know, but I've been told.
Eskimo pussy is mighty cold!
Eskimo pussy is mighty cold!
Mmm, good!
Mmm, good!
Feels good!
Feels good!
Is good!
Is good!
Real good!
Real good!
Tastes good!
Tastes good!
Mighty good!
Mighty good!
Good for you!
Good for you!
Good for me!
Good for me!


Mama and Papa were laying in bed.
Mama and Papa were laying in bed.
Mama rolled over, this is what she said...
Mama rolled over, this is what she said...
Ah, gimme some...
Ah, gimme some...
Ah, gimme some...
Ah, gimme some...
P.T....
P.T....
P.T....
P.T....
Good for you!
Good for you!
And good for me!
And good for me!

Ho Chi Minh is a son-of-a-bitch!
Ho Chi Minh is a son-of-a-bitch!
Got the blueballs, crabs and the seven-year-itch!
Got the blueballs, crabs and the seven-year-itch!


I don't want no teenage queen.
I don't want no teenage queen.
I just want my M-14.
I just want my M-14.
If I die in the combat zone.
If I die in the combat zone.
Box me up and ship me home.
Box me up and ship me home.
Pin my medals upon my chest.
Pin my medals upon my chest.
Tell my mom I've done my best.
Tell my mom I've done my best.
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I kind of like National Emblem. I used to have a 78 record of it from the 20s(?)
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Probably the raunchiest one we were ever allowed to sing:

Gang bang Lulu
Gang bang Lulu
Who's gonna gang bang Lulu?
When we go oversees.

Lulu's got a boyfriend
He drives a pickup truck
He just likes to shift the gears
Lulu likes to f*ck


and it continues in that vein.

I also liked this one for running:
A yellow bird
With a yellow bill
Was sitting on
My windowsill

I lured him in
with a piece of bread
And then I bashed
his frickin' head

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Oscar and Double Eagle

Somebody please mention all those bawdy Oscar Brand compilations of service songs.

And (nit-picking here) Under the Double Eagle is neither by Sousa nor about the US. America's eagle is single: the double eagle then signified (and maybe still does) Austria. The march is by Josef Wagner, the "Austrian march king."
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I remember reading a book about women in the military, the authors objecting to the words to this ditty, sung to the music of "Candyman".

It's too graphic for regular display.

SPOILER:
Who can take a chainsaw, cut the bitch in two, fuck the bottom half and give the top to you. S&M man can, S&M man can cause he spreads the love around and makes the hurt feel good.


Very nice.

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When I was a kid my grandpa (who was in the Army, in the Korean War) always sang these two songs:

1. "You're in the Army now! You're in the Army now!" That's all I can remember of it.

2. "It's time to get up, it's time to get up, it's time to get up in the morning!" (To the tune of Reveille.) That one annoyed the hell out of me because I hated being woken up in the morning.

I would have to say my favorite ones are the ones they sing in Full Metal Jacket.
My dearly beloved grandmother was quite the proper, even prudish lady. Loved animals, her family, hated profanity and vulgarity and wasn't given to reminiscing.

Which is why it was such a shock when visiting her in the nursing home near the end, she ups and starts singing the second song. It was hysterically funny, because it was just so very out of character and all. According to her it went:

It's time to get up,
It's time to get up,
It's time to get up in the morning.

Someday I'm going to murder the bugler,
Someday they're going to find him dead.
And then I'll kill the other pup,
The one that wakes the bugler up
And spend my whole fuckin' life in bed.

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Not a cadence but a military song. I always thought that Garry Owen was a very catchy tune. Unfortunately I was in two divisions that contained portions of the 7th Cavalry (8th ID and 1st Cav). That meant that Garry Owen was played at every damn division function. The song loses it's appeal after a while.
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I've loved "Garry Owen" since seeing "They Died With Their Boots On."

Had a tape of marches I liked to play while out walking. "The Yellow Rose of Texas" nearly killed me until I figured out it was a Canter and I lacked the number of legs for it.

Not that I'm picky, though being a Doper would give that away, but "Unter der Doppeladler (Under the Double Eagle)" was written by a Joseph Wagner, though Sousa recorded it almost immediately. Which was good, since the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1902 didn't have long to go. It is also hard to march to, being pretty fast. It was explained to me by a fellow who attended a European military academy a generation before I would've had I done so that the guys in Yurp take shorter, faster steps than the ex-WWII-GIs who taught me to march.
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My high school marching band came on the field to Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse, which you know better as the "script Ohio" song. We made a big N - nothing to "dot".

It's actually the hardest song we had to play, for a trombonist at least - mainly because we played it fast like OSU does instead of like the band in the first clip. In four years of band I never learned to play it exactly correct. Even when we had to test the song every summer I did a horrible flub job (and I was really good at trombone). It was just exhausting to play.

However, that song gets me pumped and I'll often bring up an MP3 of it when I need a little motivation at work. And yeah, it almost moves me to tears at Bowl games, too

I actually found all of the "official US military marches" tiring. We had to play them as a medley for the Memorial Day parade. I think marching in block formation to actual marches while playing was really hard, possibly because of the trombone parts (especially "Wild Blue Yonder"). Playing flowery music and getting into looping formations on the field during halftime was much easier. I don't think I could ever swing being in a real military band.

Sorry about the tangent. Carry on, soldiers.
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I vaguely remember another Forbidden Jodie that mentioned that "Napalm Sticks To Kids!"
The version used in An Officer And A Gentleman. (With clickable audio.)
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My high school marching band came on the field to Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse, which you know better as the "script Ohio" song. We made a big N - nothing to "dot".

It's actually the hardest song we had to play, for a trombonist at least - mainly because we played it fast like OSU does instead of like the band in the first clip. In four years of band I never learned to play it exactly correct. Even when we had to test the song every summer I did a horrible flub job (and I was really good at trombone). It was just exhausting to play.

However, that song gets me pumped and I'll often bring up an MP3 of it when I need a little motivation at work. And yeah, it almost moves me to tears at Bowl games, too

I actually found all of the "official US military marches" tiring. We had to play them as a medley for the Memorial Day parade. I think marching in block formation to actual marches while playing was really hard, possibly because of the trombone parts (especially "Wild Blue Yonder"). Playing flowery music and getting into looping formations on the field during halftime was much easier. I don't think I could ever swing being in a real military band.

Sorry about the tangent. Carry on, soldiers.
If you want to check out a badass military-style marching band, check out some of the performance videos of the Texas A&M Corps Of Cadets Band. Kind of a mix between precision military marching and more marching-band style marching. You can tell there are a few points in the songs where the crowd tends to go wild.

But yeah, as far as marching songs go, a couple of my favorites are performed by the A&M Band, most notably the Aggie War Hymn (MP3 Lyrics on Wiki). In case you can't tell, the drum major at the beginning is giving the command "RECALL! STEP OFF ON HULLABALOO!". Whenever you hear a pause in the music, it's normally filled with everyone not in the band giving off a loud, old fashioned "WHOOP!"
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When I was a kid my grandpa (who was in the Army, in the Korean War) always sang these two songs:

1. "You're in the Army now! You're in the Army now!" That's all I can remember of it.
You're in the Army now.
You're not behind a plow.
You'll never get rich, you sunnuvabitch,
You're in the Army now!
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:13 PM
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And of course, the favorite song to sing while standing on the barracks roof with a rifle in one hand and your johnson in the other:

This is my rifle, this is my gun.
One is for fighting, the other's for fun!
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