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A Yellow Bird (Marching Cadence)

The Yellow Bird Marching Cadence is a slower cadence perfect for marching. While you can use it for running, speeding up the song makes it sound a bit funny and my platoon could never quite get the foot stop sound quite right.
I also cleaned up the lyrics a bit feel free to substitute with words of your choice depending how close/far you are from the command HQ.

Yellow Bird Cadence (Marching Jody)

A yellow bird,
with a yellow bill.
He landed on
My window sill.
I coaxed him in.
With a piece of bread,
and then I kissed
his Little head! (Stomp your falling foot in unison)

I called the doctor.
The doctor said.
My dear good man.
This bird is dead.

The moral of
The Story is
If you want some bread
You better Give some Head

Yellow Bird must be the best marching cadence of all time. In 2001 I attended Dive School in the Panama City Panhandle. It was the middle of the august summer and the instructors would have us march and sign a line of the Yellow Bird, then drop and push out the next part of the cadence. We would hop back up only to march another line and push another line. The weather was horrendous, but the singing was great

John – Panama City, FL

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14 thoughts on “A Yellow Bird (Marching Cadence)

  • Abe Metcalf

    Ha! This must be the refined, millenial PC friendly BS version! Really??? A kiss followed by a stomp???

    No self respecting servicemen older than 30 would run to this namby-pamby version of yellow bird.

    • I saw a video of soldiers marching to BABY SHARK. Sad.

    • Jeffrey Scott

      Yellow bird and other giddies are better memories of Ft Campbell 1970.

  • Agree in my day it was “smashed his F@&$ing head”!
    At the end it was “ and the moral of,
    The story is clear,
    Instead of booze,
    Stick to beer!
    Yr84-87 82nd Airborne

    • 2012 our ending was
      “the moral of
      the story is:
      to get some head
      you need some bread.” 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Jungle bear

    “And then I smashed
    His –$#!— head!
    The moral of
    The story said,
    To get some head
    You need some bread”

  • fuller, dail

    In ’82 (Army) we sang…”and then I mashed, it’s lil head.
    The moral of…the story is, a lil bread,
    can get you head….

  • Michael Christensen

    Ours was “and the moral of, the story is clear, to get some head, you need some bread.”

  • Dave P.

    We always went right into the prettiest girl, I ever saw, was drinking bourbon from a straw, repeat. I picked her and laid her down, her long blonde hair laid on the ground, repeat. I stuck it in, I pulled it out, it felt so good, I had to shout, repeat. And now I have a mother in law and 15 kids that call me paw, repeat. The moral of this story is clear, f@ck the bourbon, stick to beer. USMC 83-89.

  • John Smith

    The moral of
    The story is
    To get some head
    You need some bread.

  • Being a graduate of mountaineer challenge academy south , because of certain sexual preferences we were not allow to sing that cadence but steam roller baby is pretty damn good class of 2_21

  • Kenneth Christensen

    The last line is printed incorrectly. It was: ‘The moral of the story is said, with out no bread, you get no head! (Stomp)’ Which made sense because you were stomping on the word ‘head’

    Another verse:
    The prettiest girl I ever saw was sipping bourbon through a straw.
    I walked right up and right down and ordered her another round.
    And now I have a mother-in-law and 14 kids that call me paw.
    The moral of the story is clear, when sipping bourbon stick to beer.

    Which is where I noticed the confusion of the moral listed in the earlier comment .

  • LongJohn Tuber

    A yellow bird
    with a yellow bill
    landed on
    my window sill
    i lured him in
    with a piece of bread
    and then I smashed
    his yellow head
    the moral of
    the story is
    to get some head
    you knead some bread

  • J.M.Snyder GySgt, USMC Retired

    WTF is this PC bullsit!?
    Then I kissed his little head? Baaahaaahaaa!’
    THIS is why the world no longer FEARS AMERICA!
    USMC 1975 version:
    Little bird,with a yellow bill.
    Landed on my window sill.
    Lured him in with a crust of bread,
    Then I crused his fuckin head!

    Get some

    Gunny USMC Retired 1975-1997!!
    Semper Fi


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