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Marching Cadences

Wake up to a mortar attack
Hit the ground, I'm out of the rack
My sergeant rushes me off to chow
But I don't eat it anyhow

Refrain:
Oh hail, Oh hail, Oh infantry
Queen of battle, follow me
Oh, airborne ranger's the life for me
For nothing in this world is free

From a big bird in the sky
All will jump and some will die
Off to battle we will go
To live or die, hell I don't know.
Refrain


Hit the ground with American pride
A bullet through a commie's eye
He ought to be damn glad he died
He'd hate for me to take him alive

It's true that some of us will die
Airborne rangers learn to fly
But not today as I hit the ground
Lock and load another round

Over the hill, some men I've seen
Head to toe in Army green
Moving tactically, not a sound
Infantry soldiers on the ground

Assault, support are all in place
The enemy unaware of his fate
Claymores blast and 60's roar
Again, the airborne ranger scores

Its true that someday I'll be dead
Before I go I'll take more heads
Before us enemies all will flee
'Cause we're the airborne infantry




Somewhere there's a woman
She's crying for her man
He's an airborne ranger
He does the best he can

Refrain:
Don't cry for me
I don't need your sympathy
'Cause I'm an airborne ranger
And that's all I want to be

Somewhere there's a mother
She's praying for her son
He's an airborne ranger
And his work is never done

Somewhere there's a father
His head is bowed in grief
His son was an airborne ranger
And he died for his beliefs

Somewhere there's a mother
Flag folded in her hands
Her son was an airborne ranger
And he died for his land






I hear the choppers coming
They're flying overhead
They've come to get the wounded
They've come to get the dead

Refrain:
Airborne (shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot to kill)
Ranger (shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot to kill) *

My buddy's in a foxhole
A bullet in his head
The Army says he's living
But I know that he's dead

I ran to tell the C-O
About my buddy's head
But when I got there
The C-O was dead

And now the battle's over
The smoke is all around
We wanted to go home
But we're six feet underground

* In this refrain, the unit sings the words in parentheses at the same
time that the leader sings the words in italics. The unit then repeats
the leader's words in the normal manner.




Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, where have you been
Around the world and back again

Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you go
In a C-130, flying low

Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you get down
In a T-10 charlie, big and round

Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, what did you do
I killed a commie for me and you

Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you get back
In a black and gold body sack



Eighty-second
All-American
Pick up your 'chutes and follow me
I'm the airborne infantry

One-oh-one
Screaming eagles
Pick up your ropes and follow me
I'm the air assault infantry

Twenty-fifth
Tropic lightning
Pick up your rucks and follow me
I'm the light infantry

First division
Big red one
Jump on your tracks and follow me
I'm the mechanized infantry

Seventy-fifth
Black beret
Pick up your weapon and follow me
I'm the ranger infantry

Sixth ID
Patch on my shoulder
Pick up your snowshoes, follow me
Arctic Light Infantry

ROTC
Patch on my shoulder
Pick up your books and follow me
I'm the wanna-be infantry



I don't know why I left
But I must've done wrong

Refrain:
And it won't be long
'Till I get on back home

Got a letter in the mail
Go to war or go to jail

Sat me in that barber's chair
Spun me around, I had no hair

Used to drive a Cadillac
Now I pack it on my back

Used to drive a limousine
Now I'm wearing Army green

Dress it right and cover down
Forty inches all around

Nine to the front and six to the rear
That's the way we do it here

Used to date a beauty queen
Now I date my M-16

Ain't no use in lookin' down
Ain't no discharge on the ground

Ain't no use in going back
Jody's got your Cadillac

Ain't no use in calling home
Jody's got your girl and gone

Ain't no use in feeling blue
Jody's got your sister too

Took away my faded jeans
Now I'm wearing Army greens

They took away my gin and rum
Now I'm up before the sun

Mama Mama can't you see
What this Army's done for me

Mama Mama can't you see
This Army life is killing me




Let 'em blow let 'em blow
Let the four winds blow
Let 'em blow from east to west
The US Army is the best

Standing tall and looking good
Ought to march in Hollywood

Hold your head and hold it high
___ Platoon is marching by

Close your eyes and hang your head
We are marching by the dead

Look to your right and whadta see?
A whole bunch of legs looking at me

Dress it right and cover down
Forty inches all around

Nine to the front, six to the rear
That's the way we do it here






Count cadence
Delay cadence
Skip cadence
Count


(one) Airborne soldiers
(two) You better do your best
(three) Before you find find my boot
(four) All up in your chest

(one) Hit it
(two) Kick it
(three) Stab it
(four) Go get it

(one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four
we like it here
we love it here
we've finally found a home
a home
a home
a home away from home
Hey!)




See that man in the black beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the black beret
Killings how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
Airborne Ranger Infantry

See that man in the maroon beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the maroon beret
Jumping how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
US Airborne Infantry

See that man in the green beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the green beret
Teaching how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
Special Forces Infantry

See that man with the steel pot on
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man with the steel pot on
Hand to hand he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
US Army Infantry



Tiny bubbles
In my beer
Makes me happy
And full of cheer

Tiny bubbles
In my wine
Makes me happy
All the time



Everywhere we go - oh
People wanna know - oh
Who we are
Where we come from
So we tell them
We are _______ (Alpha, Bravo, etc...)
(Alpha used for example)

Mighty Mighty Alpha
Rough - n - tough Alpha
Straight shooting Alpha
Better than Bravo
Big baby Bravo
Better than Charlie
Chicken chicken Charlie
Better than Delta
Dumb-dumb Delta
Better than Echo
Icky icky Echo
We are Alpha
Mighty mighty alpha



Hey hey Captain Jack
Meet me down by the railroad track
With that bottle in my hand
I wanna be a drinking man
For Uncle Sam

Hey hey Captain Jack
Meet me down by the railroad track
With that rifle in my hand
I wanna be a shooting man
A drinking man
For Uncle Sam

With that bayonet in my hand
I wanna be a cutting man

With that woman in my hand
I wanna be a loving man

With that suitcase in my hand
I wanna be a traveling man

With that pistol in my hand
I wanna be a killing man



The Army colors
the color is red
to show the world
the blood we've shed

blue...that we are true

white...that we are right

black...that we are back

gold...that we are bold

green...that we are mean

brown...that we get down

gray...that you will pay



We are ____ platoon
and we like to party
party hardy
party hardy all night long

Your left, your left, your left, right, get on down
Your left, your left, your left, right, get on down
Now drop, and beat your face
___ platoon's gonna rock this place
Boom, check it out, check it out
Boom, check it out, check it out

My rifle, my rucksack, my bayonet, now get on down
My rifle, my rucksack, my bayonet, now get on down
Say one, twwwoooo,
three, four,
Eleven Bravo, hey
Eleven Bravo, hey
The first part is by the group, they start it as soon as they finish the last line of the repeated stuff.
This top part can be sung or the part on the bottom, only depends on which one

Pebbles and Bam-Bam on a Friday night
Trying to get to heaven on a paper kite
Lightning struck (BOOM) and down they fell (AHHH)
Instead of getting to heaven, they went straight to hell

Dino the dog (RUFF RUFF) was on the bone (CHOMP CHOMP)
While Fred and Barney rocked the microphone
There was nothing that Fred or Barney could do
'cept sing "Yabba daba daba daba daba daaaaaba do!"



Here we go again
Same old stuff again
Marching down the avenue
Few more days and we'll be through
I won't have to look at you
So, I'll be glad and so will you







They say that in the Army, the chicken's mighty fine
One jumped off the table and started marking time

Refrain:
Oh, Lord I wanna go
But they won't let me go
(group ends this line with home,
stretched out over 8 paces, and a "Hey" on the right foot
to end the refrain)


They say that in the Army, the pay is mighty fine
They give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine

They say that in the Army, the coffee's mighty fine
It looks like muddy water, and tastes like turpentine

They say that in the Army, the biscuits are mighty fine
One rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine

They say that in the Army, the meat is mighty fine
Last night we had ten puppies, this morning only nine

They say that in the Army, the shoes are mighty fine
You ask for size eleven, they give you size nine

They say that in the Army, the pancakes are mighty fine
You can try to chew them, but you're only wasting time

They say that in the Army, the bed's are mighty fine
But how the hell would I know, I've never slept in mine

They say that in the Army, the mail is so great
Today I got a letter dated 1948

They say that in the Army, the hours are just right
Start early in the morning and work on through the night

They say that in the Army, the buses are mighty fine
One went round the corner, and left three wheels behind

They say that in the Army, the coffee's mighty fine
It's good for cuts and bruises and tastes like iodine

They say that in the Army, the chicken's mighty fine
One jumped off the table and killed a friend of mine

They say that in the army, the toilets are mighty fine
You flush them up at seven, they come back up at nine.

They say that in the army, the tents are waterproof
You wake up in the morning and you're floating on the roof.


This one doesn't follow the normal call and echo of most cadences.
The cadence caller says the CC lines, and the group replies with the
G lines, instead of echoing the CC lines, then all call the ALL lines,
with no echoing. Any ???, ask your cadre.

You get a line and I'll get a pole           ) CC
Honey, honey                                     ) G
You get a line and I'll get a pole          ) CC
Baby, baby                                        ) G
You get a line and I'll get a pole          ) ALL
We'll go down to the fishin' hole          ) ALL

Refrain Honey, oh baby, be mine          ) ALL
Go to your left, your right, your left       ) ALL
Go to your left, your right, your left, hey!  ) ALL

I had a girl who lived on a creek
Honey, honey
I had a girl who lived on a creek
Baby, baby
I had a girl who lived on a creek
She was cute and she was sweet

I had a girl, looked good in blue
Honey, honey
I had a girl, looked good in blue
Baby, baby
I had a girl, looked good in blue
She could make a fool out of you

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 Last Modified 9/25/14