They Say that in the Army

They Say that in the Army… (Marching Cadence)

This is one of those classic marching cadences that can be adopted to any service (Army/Navy/Air Force / Marine Corps) and just about any unit (A-Company, 101 Battalion, Supply corps…). While I was not able to find the genesis of this cadence, my guess is that it originated sometime during WWII.

They say that in the Army the coffee’s mighty fine
It looks like muddy water and tastes like turpentine
Chorus:
Oh No, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh No, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!

They say that in the Army the chow is mighty fine
a chicken jumped off the table and started marking time
Chorus:
Oh No, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh No, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!

They say that in the Army the biscuits are mighty fine
one rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine
Chorus:
Oh No, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh No, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!

They say that in the Army the training’s might fine
last night there were ten of us, now there’s only nine
Chorus:
Oh No, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh No, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH!

They say that in the Army the pay is mighty fine
they give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine
Chorus:
Oh No, I wanna go
But they won’t let me go
Oh No, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH

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One thought on “They Say that in the Army

  • October 20, 2022 at 9:24 pm
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    I’m an old Army brat and proud of it! I was telling my brother that when they would come by and the drill sergeant would be doing cadence and Mama would make us come in the house because the language was a bit rough. Where would i find some of it from the 60’s. We were stationed at Fort Bliss from 1962-1967.

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