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Blood upon the Risers
Youtube ^ | Dec 31 2010 | N/A

Posted on 12/31/2010 5:48:24 PM PST by Germanicus Cretorian

LYRICS:

He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright. He checked off his equipment and made sure his pack was tight. He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar. You ain't gonna jump no more.

Chorus: Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. Gory, gory, what a hell of way to die. He ain't gonna jump no more.

"Is everybody happy?" cried the sergeant looking up. Our hero feebly answered, "Yes", and then they stood him up. He jumped into the icy blast, his static line unhooked. And he ain't gonna jump no more.

He counted long, he counted loud, he waited for the shock. He felt the wind, he felt the cold, he felt the awful drop. The silk from his reserve spilled out and wrapped around his legs. And he ain't gonna jump no more.

The risers swung around his neck, connectors cracked his dome. Suspension lines were tied in knots around his skinny bones. The canopy became his shroud, he hurtled to the ground. And he ain't gonna jump no more.

The days he lived and loved and laughed kept running through his mind. He thought about the girl back home, the one he left behind. He thought about the medicos and wondered what they'd find. And he ain't gonna jump no more.

The ambulance was on the spot, the jeeps were running wild. The medics jumped and screamed with glee, rolled up their sleeves and smiled. For it had been a week or more since last a 'chute had failed And he ain't gonna jump no more.

He hit the ground, the sound was "Splat," his blood went spurting high. His comrades they were heard to say, "A helluva way to die." He lay there rolling 'round in the welter of his gore. And he ain't gonna jump no more.

There was blood upon the risers, there were brains upon the 'chute. Intestines were a-dangling from his paratrooper suit. He was a mess, they picked him up and poured him from his boots. And he ain't gonna jump no more.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: airborne; fallschirmjaeger; paratroopers; vdv

1 posted on 12/31/2010 5:48:26 PM PST by Germanicus Cretorian
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

Only two things fall out of the sky.


2 posted on 12/31/2010 5:59:11 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (My baloney has a first name, it's DEMOCRAT; my baloney has a second name, it's PARTY)
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

and you posted this crap...WHY?


3 posted on 12/31/2010 6:01:21 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok....Joke's over...Bring Back Bush!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

There’s only one thing a “LEG” is good for... and it takes two of ‘em to accomplish that!


4 posted on 12/31/2010 6:05:54 PM PST by Have Ruck - Will Travel (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I...)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Guy working in another office in our building (before I retired) was an officer in the Army Reserve. He'd done active duty as a ranger.

So, one weekend he pulled duty of some sort and he jumped out a plane ~ just to practice ~ it's like if you don't use it then it falls off and who wants that.

Guy broke both ankles. Splinters in his shins ~ from the inside.

It was like he died from then on out. He didn't limp because both legs were screwy in the same way ~ so he could still look good in his uniform.

But it really was like your ditty has it ~ he ain't gonna' jump no more.

5 posted on 12/31/2010 6:07:51 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Good question.
Perhaps because, as his About page states, he is only 16 years old and has no idea about courage and bravery.
6 posted on 12/31/2010 6:12:37 PM PST by frog in a pot (The nation is under attack and the only people on his confidential enemies list are Americans.)
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

7 posted on 12/31/2010 6:12:42 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

Outstanding post.


8 posted on 12/31/2010 6:14:40 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

“and you posted this crap...WHY?”

“im a 16 year old sophomore”

-Germanicus Cretorian


9 posted on 12/31/2010 6:15:02 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
and you posted this crap...WHY?

Because Airborne School is the gateway to an embiggened Army experience, so as to make it cromulent, is why.

ABN CL 44-87 Co B.

Happy New Year!

10 posted on 12/31/2010 6:20:36 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: Germanicus Cretorian
Great 1st post of the New Year.

Pissoff the ground-pounders and REMFs...LOL!

AIRBORNE & AMEN!....RLTW!


Don't worry about the whiners kid...they have forgotten what it feels like to be 16...and hate to be reminded...LOL!
11 posted on 12/31/2010 6:26:32 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Hoplite
embiggened

?

12 posted on 12/31/2010 6:26:42 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: Germanicus Cretorian
 


13 posted on 12/31/2010 6:28:27 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

I grew up near Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne. Those guys used to sing “Blood Upon The Risers” to their mothers on Mother’s Day.


14 posted on 12/31/2010 6:32:27 PM PST by JoeGar
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

My son’s reserve chute wrapped around his ankle but he did jump again. After a short stint recovering.


15 posted on 12/31/2010 6:36:04 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is an official song of the Airborne. The 82nd Airborne Choir actually sings the song.

Click on the link the poster gave on youtube.


16 posted on 12/31/2010 6:37:18 PM PST by rbmillerjr (I will not, under any circumstances, vote for Mitt Romney....none.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
and you posted this crap...WHY?

Perhaps because many of us do not know it as crap, but as a great airborne song that we all know by heart. Those who think it crap cannot begin to understand why we like it.

(504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment)

17 posted on 12/31/2010 6:52:00 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Germanicus Cretorian

18 posted on 12/31/2010 6:55:11 PM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: doc1019
"Embiggened" sir?

It is a common word down our way.

19 posted on 12/31/2010 7:14:13 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: Hoplite

Well, up our way, we are generally not familiar with this word ... care to define for the rest of us? lol!


20 posted on 12/31/2010 7:18:26 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: doc1019
To make something larger; to grow or expand.

First used in 1884!

21 posted on 12/31/2010 7:44:38 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: Germanicus Cretorian
Blood upon the Risers

Rot scheint die Sonne!

22 posted on 12/31/2010 7:48:24 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Hoplite

Thanks, couldn’t find the definition anywhere.


23 posted on 12/31/2010 7:49:01 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: doc1019
Oh, I'm sorry, sir.

I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.

IT's all good. = )

24 posted on 12/31/2010 8:01:46 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: centurion316
and you posted this crap...WHY?

Perhaps because many of us do not know it as crap, but as a great airborne song that we all know by heart. Those who think it crap cannot begin to understand why we like it.

I always preferred *Beautiful Streamer* meself. But that's an acquired taste, acquired from the old days of the 11th Airborne Division in the late 1950s, where it was the unofficial division tune.

Plus the 7th Army Airborne Delivery Test Group and the 10th Special Forces Group in the mid-'60s. 388 jumps before I ended that sort of thing for good. I think.

25 posted on 12/31/2010 8:13:04 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Why not? Why did you bother reading it if it offended your hippie sensibilities? Having been a paratrooper, i like the song, brings back good memories of great times and people, .so bugger off. Better men than you have earned this kid the right to post.
26 posted on 12/31/2010 8:21:42 PM PST by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: archy

Beautiful streamer, open for me,
Blue skies above me and no canopy;
Counted nine thousands, counted too long,
Reached for the rip cord, the damn thing was gone.

Beautiful streamer, why must it be?
White silk above me is what I should see,
Just like my mother that looks over me;
To hell with the rip cord, ‘twas not made for me.

Beautiful streamer, follow me down,
Time is elapsing and here comes the ground;
Six hundred feet and then I can tell,
If I’ll go to heaven or end up in hell.

Beautiful streamer, this is the end,
Gabriel is blowing, my body won’t mend;
All you jump happy son’s of a gun,
Take this last warning as jumping’s no fun.

Another piece of crap to the uninitiated, I suppose. All of the Old Timers said that the 11th was the hardcore of the airborne divisions, gone by my day (not counting the 11th Air Assault Division).


27 posted on 12/31/2010 8:29:29 PM PST by centurion316
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To: VeniVidiVici

Airborne New Year to you.
Your poem, in memory of SGT Joseph OBrien, First Special Service Force (Canada)


28 posted on 12/31/2010 8:50:34 PM PST by pgobrien (Obama couldn't lead people out of a burning building.....)
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To: doc1019
It's from a Simpsons episode, along with "cromulent," as in "Embiggened is a perfectly cromulent word."
29 posted on 12/31/2010 8:55:13 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: centurion316
All of the Old Timers said that the 11th was the hardcore of the airborne divisions, gone by my day

Among the hardcore of the 11th were many WWII and Korean War airborne veterans- not all of them on the U.S. Side. We had quite a few *Lodge Act* foreign volunteers, some former German *Green Devils* as well as some former French Para and Foreign Legion types who saw what was coming in Algeria and got out as their enlistments terminated and took their skills elsewhere. Quite a few moved on into 10th Group with a reenlistment, others who qualified for US citizenship took it and some of those went to civvy street and others re-upped.

30 posted on 12/31/2010 9:04:17 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Hoplite

In my long years of existence I have, upon occasion, become intoxicated by the exuberance of own verbosity. Thus I question others.


31 posted on 12/31/2010 9:08:43 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: doc1019

verily


32 posted on 12/31/2010 10:22:56 PM PST by corkoman
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To: Have Ruck - Will Travel
There’s only one thing a “LEG” is good for... and it takes two of ‘em to accomplish that!

:-) Ah. The good old days.

Blood Upon the Risers

33 posted on 12/31/2010 11:27:26 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (My baloney has a first name, it's DEMOCRAT; my baloney has a second name, it's PARTY)
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To: archy

I was at a REFORGER fess tent and saw the German paras and US paras fight off the Brits and Aussies amongst the rafters of the tent. They were trying to post their colors on the highest shackle.

And if you have to ask about REFORGER, don’t.

And I still think the Ballad of the Green Berets is the best, bar none.


34 posted on 01/01/2011 5:58:11 AM PST by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Have Ruck - Will Travel

“Straight leg straight leg standing in the door, got so scared he -— on the floor.”
Co.B/75 Ranger Airborne.


35 posted on 01/01/2011 6:47:46 AM PST by maiullo2
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Hey — Don’t mean nothin!— some memories is memories some remind us of what ought be expected thanks to a Congress divorced from the Founding Principles of Religion and Morality.


36 posted on 01/01/2011 8:22:24 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: centurion316
Perhaps because many of us do not know it as crap, but as a great airborne song that we all know by heart. Those who think it crap cannot begin to understand why we like it.

(504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment)

I never served, but was a firefighter and I agree. We could
get pretty raw with our humor. It probably would have shocked those outside of our fraternity. Never knew a bunch
that cared more about people and each other tho.

37 posted on 01/01/2011 9:39:49 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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