Army Marching Cadences

 

 

We are Marching By  (Army Marching Cadence)

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

 

Tiny Bubbles  (Army Marching Cadence)

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

Tiny bubbles
In my wine
Makes me happy
All the time

 

Party Hardy (Army Marching Cadence)

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

 

Bravo on the GO  (Army Marching Cadence)

Marching down in the valley I heard a loud roar
It was a bravo trooper treating alpha like a toy
So put your feet on the peddle step down on the gas
Move over awful alpha let the mighty bravo pass

BRAVO COMPANY IS ON THE GO

Way down in the valley I heard a loud roar
It was a smooth bravo trooper treating Charlie like a toy
So put your feet on the peddle step down on the gas
Move over chicken Charlie let the mighty bravo pass

BRAVO COMPANY IS ON THE GO

Way down in the valley I heard a loud roar
It was a cool bravo trooper treating delta like a toy
So put your feet on the peddle step down on the gas
Move over dizzy delta let the mighty bravo pass

BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

Motivation Check (Army Marching Cadence)

Key
(NSI=instructor)
(Pla.=platoon)
NSI-MOTIVATION CHECK
PLA-HOORAH
MSI-MOTIVATION CHECK
PLA-HOORAH
NSI-MOTA-MOTA GOT ALOTA MOTIVATION
PLA-MOTA-MOTA GOT ALOTA MOTIVATION
NSI-DEDA-DEDA GOT ALOTA DEDICATION
PLA-DEDA-DEDA GOT ALOTA DEDICATION
NSI-DETER-DETER GOT ALOTA DETERMINATION
PLA-DETER-DETER GOT ALOTA DETERMINATION
NSI-MOOOTAAAVAAATIIOOONN
PLA-MOOOTAAAVAAATIIOOONN
NSI-DEEEADACAAATIOOOON
PLA-DEEEADACAAATIOOOON
NSI-DEETEERRRMINAAATION
PLA-DEETEERRRMINAAATION
NSI-MOTIVATION!
DEDICATION!
DETERMINATION!
NSI-HOORAH
PLA-HOORAH
NSI-HOORAH
PLA-HOORAH
NSI-AH-HA
PLA-AH-HA
NSI-AH-HA
PLA-AH-HA

 

Momma Momma (Army Running Cadence)

mama mama can’t you see,
what the army’s done to me.

They put me in a barber’s chair,
spun me around I had no hair.

Mama mama can’t you see,
what the army’s done to me.

They took away my favorite jeans,
now I’m wearing army greens.

Mama mama can’t you see,
what the army’s done to me.

I use to date beauty queens,
now I love my M16.

Mama mama can’t you see,
what the army’s done to me.

I use to drive a Cadalliac,
now I carry one on my back.

 

Somewhere there is a Mother (Army Marching Cadence)

Some where theres a mother
She’s crying for her boy
He’s and Airborne Ranger
With his orders to deploy
Don’t you cry for him
He don’t need your sympathy
He’s an airborne ranger
Thats the best that you can be

Some where theres a father
He’s crying for his son
Son’s an airborne ranger
With a war to be won
Don’t you cry for him
He don’t need you sympathy
He’s an airborne ranger
Thats the best that you can be

Some where there’s a sister
She’s crying for her bro
Bro’s an airborne ranger
Thats the only way to go
Don’t you cry for him
He don’t need your sympothy
He’s an airborne ranger
Thats the best that you can be

Some where theres a daughter
Shes crying for her dad
Dad was an airborne ranger
Now he’s just a folded flag
Don’t you cry for him
He wouldn’t want your sympathy
He was an airborne ranger
Thats the best that you could be

 YELLOW RIBBON (Army Marching Cadence)

Around her hair she wore a yellow ribbon
She wore it in the spring time, in the early month of May
And if you asked her why the heck she wore it
She’d say she wore it for her soldier who was far, far away
Far away
Far away
She wore it for her soldier who was far, far away
Around the block she pushed a baby carriage
She pushed it in the spring time, in the early month of May
And if you asked her why the heck she pushed it
She’d say she pushed it for her soldier who was far, far away
Far away
Far away
She pushed it for her soldier who was far, far away
Behind the door, her father kept a shotgun
She kept it in the spring time, in the early month of May
And if you asked her why the heck she kept it
She’d say she kept it for her soldier who was far, far away
Far away
Far away

 

Join the Army  (Marching Cadence)

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

 

Unit Songs  (Army Marching Cadence)

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

 

They Say that In the Army (Army Marching Cadence)

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.

 

 You get a line…. (Military Marching Cadence)

You get a line and I’ll get a pole
Honey, honey
You get a line and I’ll get a pole
Baby, baby
You get a line and I’ll get a pole
We’ll go down to the fishin’ hole

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

 

That is it for now folks, if we missed any please leave feedback below…

31 thoughts on “Army Marching Cadences

    • January 11, 2015 at 3:32 am
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      I had one of thr best drill sergeants by the name of Chisholm. We used to say he was tough as the Chisholm Trail. Way back in 1978. Delta 5-3. Better known as Delta Dragon’s. He was Airborne and treated us all with respect. Also taugh us comradery.

  • November 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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    i love these cadences my daddy is a retired staff sergeant from the army and i always learned the cadences and would go do pt with the troop every morning and now i am in rotc.the pt is not the same but i guess it is ok.My favorite cadence has always been yellow ribbon but instead of saying soldier we always said tanker.I LOVE THE ARMY!

  • November 24, 2014 at 6:54 am
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    i cant remember them being so clean

    • January 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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      I got a girl in New Orleans
      Honey, Honey, Honey
      I got a girl in New Orleans
      Babe, Babe, Babe
      I got a girl in New Orleans
      She won’t let me in her jeans………
      Honey oh Baby mine.
      go to your left…………….

  • November 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm
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    These were cool to read.
    I was looking for the Old Cadences. My Best Friend was in the Army during Desert Storm, He was 11C with 4-67 Bandits. He loved the Infantry and always sang some great, funny, R Rated Cadences.
    He told me that when he ETS’d that the Army had all but done away with the oldschool grown man humor cadences, that for a few years the Army had started using these clean ones instead.

    What a Shame in my Opinion, When the Grunts themselves create a history and a language as they serve their Duty – Served to the Point of Medals and Ribbons Pinned On their Chests. SOME even Stayed to be the Charismatic D.I.’s that my Buddy looked up to and even emulated – 20+ YEARS later….

    ….All this is brought and shared by the generation before, Yet some Non-Combat MOS Offficers are gonna just deny and replace HISTORY with these clean, playful, somewhat less meaningful chants.
    In My Opinion, Sir
    Hopefully there is an acknowledgement and revival of some of these old songs among the men today, somewhere within the Army. Otherwise we will lose a piece of history that belonged to the Infantry and Many Many Combat Veterans.
    -OUT-

  • December 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm
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    Hi,

    My grandpa recently passed away and he was in the 154th infantry of WWII. He always used to sing his marching song, but I am having a lot of trouble finding the full chant online. The part he always sung was:

    Left, Left,
    I had a good job and I left
    First I got hired, then I got fired
    I had a good job and I left

    But I think/remember there being more to it. Have you heard it before?

    Thanks,
    Jesse

    • December 16, 2014 at 2:34 am
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      Thanks for the comment,I have not heard the song, but will keep my eyes open.

      • May 22, 2015 at 2:55 am
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        Sergeant shouts: You had a good job when you left!
        Platoon together: You’re Right!!!

        Sergeant shouts: Jodie was home when you left!
        Platoon together: You’re Right!!!

        …and so on, of course you sang it in step!! 😉

  • December 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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    I love the cadences. My mom says that my grandpa would sing these cadences as car songs. R rated words too☺☺

  • January 28, 2015 at 11:44 am
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    cadence calls have been cleaned up from what we sang in the late 1960s. “She wore a yellow ribbon” is the only one I recognize. We’d have been embarrassed to sing some of these. So much for PC. :p

  • January 28, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    Jesse Anne, that’s obvioulsy a version of a very old cadence call that we used to sing in basic combat training at Fort Ord in 1968.

    I remember only part of it, but it shows the influence Private Willy Duckworth’s 1944 “Sound Off, the granddaddy of all cadence calls.

    You had a good home, but you left.
    You’re right!
    You had a good home but you left.
    You’re right!
    Sound off.
    Sound off!
    Sound off.
    Sound off!
    1-2-3-4 Sound off.
    Sound off!

    Your mother was there when you left,
    You’re right!

    Your father was there when you left.
    You’re right!

    Your best gal was there when you left.
    You’re right!

    Old Jodie was there when you left.
    You’re right!

  • February 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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    Like walking to memory lane – Thank you for sharing these and the comments were great to read as well.
    Having served in the 82nd when the ratio of gals to guys was far from equal I certainly heard a few other cadences – it was also during a time they were “cleaning” them up so a lot of the old school ones were already scarce.

  • March 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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    A little bird, with a yellow bill, was sitting on my windoesill, I lured him in with a piecve of bread, and then I smashed his little head

    • March 26, 2015 at 7:05 am
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      A yellow bird.

      With a Yellow bill.

      Was sitting on my (stomp) windowsill.

      I lured him in with a piece of bread

      Then I smashed (stomp) his little head.

      The moral of

      the story is

      To get some head you (stomp) need some bread.

  • March 26, 2015 at 7:09 am
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    One day you’ll be alone
    All alone in the combat zone
    Bullets flying all around
    Keep your head low to the ground
    Don’t you worry about dying alone
    (1sg’s) going to bring you home.
    (Interchangeable)

  • March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am
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    It’s alright it’s alright
    It’s alright it’s okay

    Do you remember JFK
    He tried to lead the way

    Hey ay ay ay

    But he was shot one day
    In the early mornin’

    It’s alright it alright
    It alright it’s okay

    Do you remember MLK
    He had a dream one day

    Hey ay ay ay

    But he got shot one day
    In the early morning

    It’s alright it’s alright
    It’s alright it’s okay.

  • March 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    I love seeing all the cadence. I’m a Reservist and I just finished Bct and Ait on December 2014. I would just sing each cadence and it makes me laugh remembering the good times at Fort Benning and Fort Leonardwood. I had never had such a good time. It’s so hard to believe that only 1 or .05% out of 100% of Americans are in the Army. They are missing out in life. You would never ever and ever will have amazing good brothers and sisters who would go to hell with you. I went to Charlie Rock Company 2/47 at Fort Benning. The DS are tough ad hell, as in touuuuch as hell. They were the faces of standards and disciplines. They killed us but I didn’t give up. Not once, iy was all mental. I think I am saying too much out of cadences. That’s just how good it is to be in the Army. Oh did I mention, I recently became a citizen. I had served the country before being a citizen. Can’t beat that.

    • May 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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      Before you say that you cant believe how its the 1% you should serve as an active duty its not just a summer camp for us to go through, your actual units will rip you apart more than Drill Sergeants are allowed to these days.

    • June 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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      Some of us wanted to but could not. My weight stop me and the fact that I have asthma stop me. But I pray everyday for the protection of the friends and family members that are still serving our nation.

  • April 13, 2015 at 6:22 am
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    This remind me the old Army when I served, and are great!

  • April 20, 2015 at 2:08 am
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    Reading all of these cadences bring back lots of great memories from high school JROTC. I miss those days so much. During class we would never use the original versions, but get us after school during drill, color guard, or rilfe practice my 1st stg and ltc would damn sure teach our the old school cadences. All of the after school teams were our instructors close knit pets lol. After high school I have a full ride to college through the JROTC course butttttt life happened and didn’t ever get to go. That or for full my family’s legacy of the air force. So reading all these make me miss those days so much. Thank you for all these brave soldiers who have fought for us. Hooah!

  • May 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm
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    My sister and I are having such a wonderful time looking up all these songs that were sung by our father who was a WWII veteran of the first Marine invasion on Guadalcanal. He passed away three years ago and we are trying to make a list of his wonderful songs and their words. Example: I’ve Got a girl that
    ‘S Six Feet Tall sleeps in the kitchen with her feet in the hall; She wore a Yellow Ribbon; I got a dog that is skinny as a rail; Johnny Verbeck-Meat machine and we are trying to locate and remember so many more! Happy Veterans Day! Janet Scott and Jerianne Simon…God Bless you all!

  • May 27, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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    My arms are swinging from left to right from left to right

    My head is swinging from left to right from left to right

    My balls are seining from left to right from left to right.

    82nd Airbourne Gang.

    I saw someone earlier post a jan towards a guy who said he was a reservist. National Gaurd, Army Reserves, or Big Army…. Everyone is still a member of the 1%, and a member of the greatest brotherhood on earth. I got out in 2007, and still talk to my buddies everyday…. Weather you were in uniform everyday, or one weekend a month. You still wore it with the same pride! Keep up the motivation brother!

  • June 11, 2015 at 2:34 am
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    I’m part of the 305th MI Battalion, and we have one that goes:
    Platoon Guide: Your momma was there when you left!
    Platoon: You’re right!
    PG: Your daddy was there when you left!
    Platoon: You’re right!
    PG: The cats, the dogs, the chickens, the hogs, they ALL were there when you left!
    Platoon: You’re right!
    PG: And that is why you left!
    Platoon: You’re right!

    We have another one that’s a little sadistic and partly sung like a children’s song, but hey, I’ll post it. This is just a call and refrain, nothing fancy.
    Little bunny Fru-Fru hoppin’ through the forest.
    Scoopin’ up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head.
    BOOM
    OH MY GOD
    WHAT WAS THAT???
    AT4!!!!
    BUNNY BITS
    EVERYWHERE
    Little bunny Fru-Fru hoppin’ through the forest.
    Scoopin’ up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head.
    BOOM
    WHAT WAS THAT???
    CLAYMORE
    AT4
    BUNNY BITS
    EVERYWHERE
    Little bunny Fru-Fru hoppin’ through the forest.
    Scoopin’ up the field mice and boppin’ on the head.
    BOOM
    WHAT WAS THAT???
    HAND GRENADE
    CLAYMORE
    AT4
    BUNNY BITS
    EVERYWHERE
    (a little slower) Little bunny Fru-Fru hoppin’ through the forest.
    Scoopin’ up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head.

  • June 12, 2015 at 1:29 am
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    I was in the army in the transition is suppose- 1960-63 the cadences I remember were ALL sexist! or foul – I loved em!
    sargent sargent don’t be blue, frankenstien was ugly too
    I don’t know but I been told, eskimo —–‘s mighty cold!

  • June 13, 2015 at 6:15 am
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    We used to have one at ft Benning and it goes
    1,2,3,4
    You can’t count to five
    1,2,3,4
    Cause your brain in fried
    From crack and coke and all that shit you smoked
    Crack baby

    Lol

  • June 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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    See the girl from Kansas City?
    She serves whiskey from her t___ies

    See the lady wearing black?
    She makes her living on her back

  • June 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm
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    I was in the infantry from 6/53 to 6/56. Our cadences were not especially PC, but humor was a big part of them. We made profanity an art form.

  • July 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    1) steam roller
    2) 47 hell raisers
    3) Remember MLK
    4) I hear you calling
    5) Captain jack

    (I finished basic and AIT a little over a year ago at Sill and Sam )

  • July 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm
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    My 2 -ALL TIME favorites were
    Hard Work ( I get up around a quarter to five- hard work, …)
    and

    Count Cadence (Count cadence delay cadence count cadence aaaaaaaaaa 1- little soldier 2- you better do your best 3- before you find yourself 4- in the lean in rest, 1 hit it 2- hit it 3- hit it 4- break it down….

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