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Best Military Songs Of All Time
Me, Myself & I | Today, May 6, 2002 | Hellmouth

Posted on 05/06/2002 5:10:15 PM PDT by Hellmouth

What do you think are the best military songs of all time? And do you have a personal favorite?


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1 posted on 05/06/2002 5:10:16 PM PDT by Hellmouth
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To: Hellmouth
Garry Owen.
2 posted on 05/06/2002 5:16:41 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Hellmouth
I don't know the exact title, of the song, but it was about the Battle of New Orleans.
3 posted on 05/06/2002 5:21:32 PM PDT by mlibertarianj
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To: Hellmouth
'The last full measure of devotion'
4 posted on 05/06/2002 5:25:16 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Hellmouth
Ballad of the Green Beret
5 posted on 05/06/2002 5:26:05 PM PDT by Dark Watch
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To: Hellmouth
Marine Hymn (but then, I'm biased)

SEMPER FI!

6 posted on 05/06/2002 5:27:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: mlibertarianj
The Army Song, The Cassions Go rolling along.

Second favorite Warren Zevon "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner".

Third favorite, Warren Zevon, "Jungle Work".

4th Favorite the 82nd Airborne Chorus, "Blood on the Risers".

5th favorite any Running Cadence about burying me on the russian front.

7 posted on 05/06/2002 5:27:24 PM PDT by dts32041
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To: Hellmouth
"Blood on the Risers."
8 posted on 05/06/2002 5:27:43 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: dts32041
Sixth favorite: any Jody call.
9 posted on 05/06/2002 5:28:15 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Hellmouth
Anchors Away
10 posted on 05/06/2002 5:28:28 PM PDT by SolitaryMan
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To: clintonh8r
I'm told there are some other jingles, but The Hymn is obviously the Best!
11 posted on 05/06/2002 5:29:24 PM PDT by jonascord
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To: Hellmouth
"Over There"

"Danny Boy"

"Marine Hymn"

"Flight of the Valkyries"

"Onward Christian Soldier" (spiritual warfare category)

12 posted on 05/06/2002 5:29:33 PM PDT by keithtoo
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To: Hellmouth
The Minstrel Boy

In The Forest After the Battle (Russian Hymn)

13 posted on 05/06/2002 5:31:08 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: Hellmouth
"Blood on the Risers"
14 posted on 05/06/2002 5:31:20 PM PDT by Have Ruck - Will Travel
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To: Hellmouth
Altogether now..."From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea. First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine. Our flag's unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun. We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun. In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job,The United States Marines. Here's health to you and to our Corps which we are proud to serve. In many a strife we've fought for life and never lost our nerve. If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Semper Fi
15 posted on 05/06/2002 5:32:42 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: Hellmouth
The old black and white movie "Yankee doodle dandee" starring james cagney had a good one in it.

also: "star spangled banner", and "over there".
16 posted on 05/06/2002 5:34:32 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Hellmouth
No discussion of martial music is complete without the inclusion of the Pipes. Most anything by the Blackwatch will do.
18 posted on 05/06/2002 5:36:36 PM PDT by FRMAG
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To: Hellmouth
It's not the kind of song to be sung, but the best military march has to be Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
19 posted on 05/06/2002 5:37:37 PM PDT by logician2u
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To: Poohbah
Sixth favorite: any Jody call.

I've been looking for that sob for thirty years, still ain't found him.

20 posted on 05/06/2002 5:40:01 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07
Jody is perfectly welcome to the companionship of Suzy...
21 posted on 05/06/2002 5:41:48 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: jwalsh07
DIXIE AND BONNIE BLUE FLAG
22 posted on 05/06/2002 5:42:45 PM PDT by hillyes
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To: Biker Scum
Don't forget:

Leader: "Airborne Rangers Jump from Planes!"

Platoon: "THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT NO BRAINS!"

23 posted on 05/06/2002 5:43:03 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: FRMAG
Ah, yes.

My wife and I were walking in Balboa Park last night when we heard the House of Scotland Pipe Band practicing for an upcoming show. Marvelous stuff, makes you want to paint yourself blue, grab a claymore, and go hunt for that heathen Osama bin Laden!

24 posted on 05/06/2002 5:44:34 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Hellmouth
Battle Cry of Freedom
25 posted on 05/06/2002 5:45:07 PM PDT by Alouette
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To: FRMAG
Soldier's Joy

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Bonnie Blue Flag

Maryland My Maryland (Southern version)

Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Down Where The River Bends (Stanley Brothers)

Universal Soldier (Donovan)

Universal Coward (Jan and Dean)

Battle Of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)

Battle of Camp Kookamonga (Homer & Jethro)

Ballad Of The Green Beret (Sgt. Barry Sadler) ("Out here due process is a bullet in the back."-John Wayne)

Why Are You Marching My Son? (John Wayne)

26 posted on 05/06/2002 5:45:12 PM PDT by SpencerRoane
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To: Hellmouth
Not that I think it's the greatest military song but I'm currently listening to "Echo Park" by Keith Barbour so I guess I'll mention it.
28 posted on 05/06/2002 5:47:04 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Hellmouth
The theme from "Patton." If it has another name, I don't know it.
29 posted on 05/06/2002 5:49:22 PM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: Hellmouth
My personal favorite is the Navy Hymn.
30 posted on 05/06/2002 5:51:30 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Hellmouth
Gracious, there has been some really great military music!

Just about every one mentioned is fine, I especially like the Sousa marches. Also the "Story of Private Roger Young".

No list would be complete without "Scotland The Brave". I once read where Robert Burns said the tune to that song was played by Robert Bruce before Bannockburn but with different words.

31 posted on 05/06/2002 5:51:59 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: dts32041
Yes, the 82nd Airborne Chorus version is good. But, I thought my own rendition (performed while executing a front left riser slip in the harness shed at Ft. Benning) was pretty fair too. ;-)

You know, the "Ft. Benning Boys Choir" version...

"suspended agony"

32 posted on 05/06/2002 5:52:05 PM PDT by Have Ruck - Will Travel
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To: Poohbah

Mademoiselle from Armentieres

Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Mademoiselle from Armentieres,
She hasn't been kissed for forty years,

Chorus: Hinky-dinky parlez-vous.

2. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
She got the palm and the croix de guerre,
For washin' soldiers' underwear,
Chorus:

3. The Colonel got the Croix de Guerre, Parlez-vous
The Colonel got the Croix de Guerre, Parlez-vous
The Colonel got the Croix de Guerre,
The son-of-a-gun was never there!
Chorus:

4. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
You didn't have to know her long,
To know the reason men go wrong!
Chorus:

5. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
She's the hardest working girl in town,
But she makes her living upside down!
Chorus:

6. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
The cooties rambled through her hair;
She whispered sweetly "C'est la guerre."
Chorus:

7. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
She'll do it for wine, she'll do it for rum,
And sometimes for chocolate or chewing gum!
Chorus:

8. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
You might forget the gas and shell
But you'll nev'r forget the Mademoiselle!
Chorus:

9. Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez-vous
Where are the girls who used to swarm
About me in my uniform?
Chorus:

10. Oh, Mademoiselle from St. Nazaire, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from St. Nazaire, Parlez-vous
The Mademoiselle from St. Nazaire,
She never washed her underwear.
Chorus:

11 Oh, Mademoiselle from Aix-Les-Bains, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Aix-Les-Bains, Parlez-vous
Mademoiselle from Aix-Les-Bains,
She gave the Yankees shooting pains!
Chorus:

12. Oh, Mademoiselle from Montparnasse, Parlez-vous
Oh, Mademoiselle from Montparnasse, Parlez-vous
As soon as she'd spy a Colonel's brass,
She'd take off her skirt and roll in the grass!
Chorus:


33 posted on 05/06/2002 5:53:19 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Hellmouth
Definately the Marines Hymn, but the Battle Hymn of the Republic makes a good alternate.
34 posted on 05/06/2002 5:58:05 PM PDT by Centurion2000
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To: Centurion2000
All of Souza's----- Stars and Stripes Forever---Colonel Bogey March, Simper Fidelis, Washing Post March. etc----
35 posted on 05/06/2002 6:09:58 PM PDT by Uncle George
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To: Hellmouth
Jimmy driftwoods, "Battle of New Orleans." It's a fun song especially if any Brits are present.

Here are the lyrics.

In 1814 we took a little trip
along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip.
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin' on
down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

We looked down the river and we seen the British come.
And there must have been a hundred of'em beatin' on the drum.
They stepped so high and they made the bugles ring.
We stood by our cotton bales and didn't say a thing.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
If we didn't fire our muskets til we looked 'em in the eyes
We held our fire til we seen their faces well.
then we opened up with squirrel guns and really

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go.
They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

We fired our cannon til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls and powdered his behind
and when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the British kept a'comin.
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin'
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Yeah, they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
and they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go.
they ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em
on down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

Hup 2, 3, 4. Sound off 3, 4.... Hup 2, 3, 4.
Sound off 3, 4.... Hup 2, 3, 4

36 posted on 05/06/2002 6:10:01 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Willie Green
You get my vote...however, I believe you have bowdlerized some of the lyrics....
37 posted on 05/06/2002 6:11:12 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Poohbah
My Dad, an Army C-7 Caribou pilot out of Can Tho in '65-'66, would have agreed with that statement. "Anyone who'd jump out of a good-runnin' aircraft has gotta have a screw loose".

And I'll second "anything on the pipes". Imagine charging uphill at those squares at Waterloo with that racket wailing away!

39 posted on 05/06/2002 6:16:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: FreedomPoster
That was the idea--the charging troops were trying to get away from the pipers and get some peace and quiet =:o)
40 posted on 05/06/2002 6:18:07 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Hellmouth
The Army Song.

I had a liking for a cadence that had to do with "Killing the Baby Seals".

Also knew a SGT that had a fondness for a cadence:

Whip me beat me I need love
Spank me with your leather glove
Nine inch heels up and down my back
Fish hooks in my scrotum sack
Don't forget your whips and chains
Whip me beat me, I need pain...

He was a twisted f#^ker... But it was always funny to see the looks on the faces of the unsuspecting on those early morning runs...

41 posted on 05/06/2002 6:19:02 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Hellmouth
What do you think are the best military songs of all time? And do you have a personal favorite?

Dixie.

42 posted on 05/06/2002 6:21:16 PM PDT by Black Powder
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To: proxy_user
however, I believe you have bowdlerized some of the lyrics....

LOL!!!
I admit, I did a little extra searching to come up with a version that wouldn't get censored by the forum moderators.
But some of the doughboys' more creative efforts are available out there in cyberspace if anybody wants to look 'em up!!!

43 posted on 05/06/2002 6:21:55 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Hellmouth
"Lucky Man" by ELP.

"Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Zevon

"Rooster" by AIC

All rock tunes....I'm not too saavy on actual troop ballads besides Dixie or Johnny Comes Marching Home....

44 posted on 05/06/2002 6:22:32 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Hellmouth
All of John Phillip Sousa's marches.
45 posted on 05/06/2002 6:24:30 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: Poohbah
Jesse James before he died.....named 3 things that he wanted to ride....bicycle, tricycle, automobile .... a bowlegged lady on a Ferris wheel.....I like it I like it I like it....I love it I love it I love it
46 posted on 05/06/2002 6:25:46 PM PDT by csmusaret
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To: Hellmouth
Battle Hymn of the Republic
47 posted on 05/06/2002 6:28:59 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Hellmouth
The MARINE CORPS HYMN of course !!!!! Semper Fi
48 posted on 05/06/2002 6:29:32 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: Hellmouth
Dixie

Bonnie Blue Flag

and anything by Sousa.

49 posted on 05/06/2002 6:29:39 PM PDT by aomagrat
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To: Hellmouth
For a good selection of Sousa marches including Field Artillery March, check out http://www.dws.org/sousa.
50 posted on 05/06/2002 6:30:00 PM PDT by pttttt
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