Yellow Ribbon (Marching Cadence)

The song Yellow Ribbon started as part of the Puritan movement in the late 16th century. It is based upon the general theme: A woman of destiny is under some sort of test or trial as she waits for her beloved to return. Will she be true to him? Or will she leave??

Later in 1917 the song was copyrighted by George A. Norton, which he titled “Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon” (For Her Lover Who Is Far, Far Away). While he tells in the song about the love between Susie Simpkins and her soldier lover Silas Hubbard, his chorus is below

Additional information on the history of Yellow Ribbon can be found on Wikipedia or YellowRibbonAmerica.org


Yellow Ribbon Army Marching Cadence

Around her hair she wore a yellow ribbon,
She wore it in the springtime, in the merry month of May.
And if you asked her why the heck she wore it,
She wore it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine) who was far, far away.
Far away,
Far away.
She wore it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away.

Around the block she pushed a baby carriage,
She pushed it in the springtime, in the merry month of May.
And if you asked her why the heck she pushed it,
She pushed it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away.
Far away,
Far away.
She pushed it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away

Behind the door, her daddy kept a shotgun.
He kept it in the springtime, in the merry month of May.
And if you asked him why the heck he kept it,
He kept it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away.
Far away,
Far away.
He kept it for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away.

Around his grave she laid the pretty flowers,
She laid them in the springtime, in the merry month of May.
And if you asked her why the heck she laid them,
She laid them for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away.
Far away,
Far away.
She laid them for her (Sailor Airman, Soldier, Marine)who was far, far away. (no repeat)

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What is the History of the Yellow Ribbon? The Full History from the Purition use to modern use can be read on Wikepedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_ribbon

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3 thoughts on “Yellow Ribbon (Marching Cadence)

  • September 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm
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    Great. This brings back memories of Basic Training, Ft. Dix, Sept. 1969. Nothing fun about it (being drafted, etc.), but time has mellowed me.

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  • June 22, 2022 at 3:55 pm
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    I still remember this cadence from 1970. We sang it at the double time during Basic. My oldest son has retired from from the Army. We have shared some beer and this song.

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  • October 3, 2022 at 3:20 pm
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    my team did this chant for our sports warm ups after we run and everything and i really like this part of athletics

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