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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?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: militarysongs
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To: logician2u
It's not the kind of song to be sung, but the best military march has to be Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Au contraire, mon frer

Hooray for our flag, hold it high

Let the stars and the stripes tell the story

Of vict'ries our fathers have won in their struggle for liberty

Salute with the roll of the drum

Let the world know our fight for human freedom

Our faith in mankind and the right

America! America! Live on forever.

But "Battle Hymn of The Republic" is still tops!

51 posted on 05/06/2002 6:31:13 PM PDT by gracex7
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To: Hellmouth
Air Force Theme!

Some links...

http://www2.acc.af.mil/music/

http://www.uss-saratoga.com/sara2.htm

52 posted on 05/06/2002 6:35:47 PM PDT by SirChas
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To: Poohbah
as we used to shout while I was in the army AIRBORNE AIRBORNE, so is birts**t
53 posted on 05/06/2002 6:40:06 PM PDT by dglang
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To: Hellmouth
"Over There," with a full-throated, four-part mens chorus! It moves ya!
54 posted on 05/06/2002 6:41:17 PM PDT by nightdriver
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To: sixtycyclehum
This was one of the songs that we sung in last year's "I Love America" program at our church. It has always been one of my favorite songs. It became a favorite of a lot of young people who heard it for the first time last year. I keep thinking that each year is the best but the songs that we are doing this year are great, too. We are getting a new flag built this year so it will be very special! MamaB
55 posted on 05/06/2002 6:43:02 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: wardaddy
I have to chime in with some classic martial tunes.

First the Black Bear Caller Ranock on pipes one of the greatest charge tunes of all time.

Second, each of America's service tunes Anchors Aweigh, Semper Paratus, Marine Corps Hymn, Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder, and The Caisons Go Rolloing Along.

Third, The Minstrel Boy.

Fourth, Gary Owen.

Fifth, Come out you Black and Tan.

Sixth, Britania Rules the Waves (they do not anymore but it was still a good song).

Seventh, La Marsailles.

Eighth, Meadowlands ( The Red Army's marching song.)

Ninth, Ruben James.

Tenth the March of the Corps of Cadets.

Now I would also add my own sentimental favorite "The Four Of Us." I do not not disagree with any of the other selections posted but all of the above should be considered as great military music. Maybe someone would add "Duescheland Uber Alles." Although I am not a big fan of the Third Reich it was martial music that inspired a nation. While we are at it we should add in "Yankee Doodle" the music that gave us our nation. There are a great many other martial tunes that should also be considered and it is probably impossible to list them all.

Stay well - stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

56 posted on 05/06/2002 6:43:23 PM PDT by harpseal
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To: Hellmouth
I AM A GOOD OLE REBEL.

I am a good ole rebel now thats just what I am

for this fair land of "freedom" I do not care a damn

I'm proud I fought again' it I only wish we'd won

and I don't want no pardon for anything I done.

300 thousand Yankees lie stiff in southern dust

we got 300 thousand before they conquered us

they died of southern fever, of southern steel and shot

and I wished it was 3 million instead of what we got.

I won't be reconstructed I'm better now than them

and for the carpetbaggers I don't give a damn

so I'm off for the frontier as soon as I can go

I'll prepare a weapon and start for Mexico.

57 posted on 05/06/2002 6:50:31 PM PDT by muleboy
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To: Judith Anne
I grew up in Venezuela, ages 3 to 7. We had Armed services radio but no TV. Every morning they started the day with the National Anthem, then the Army, Navy, and Marine songs, then God Bless America, then the Pledge of Allegiance. The station went off the air at about 8 or 9 PM and the close of the radio day was the same.

We were not a military family, but an Oil Company Family, but we knew every one of those songs by heart and when we moved back to the states, we were in shock that the radio stations did not have all the songs we recognized twice a day. Too bad, it would do this Nation good to hear those songs twice daily, IMHO, of course.

58 posted on 05/06/2002 7:09:17 PM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas
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To: Hellmouth
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." Apologies if this was already mentioned.
59 posted on 05/06/2002 7:11:05 PM PDT by gdzla
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To: Hellmouth
Seems to be a good site for military music, and appears to be free:

Ceremonial Music Online

All the MP3s and RealAudio files you need to make ceremonial music tapes for all branches of the US military. The National Anthem, service songs, Taps, The Stars and Stripes Forever, more. From the USAF Heritage of America Band.

Please, all Air Force personnel, forgive me for leaving you out of an earlier post!!!!!, that was an oversight, a mistake and done in a hurry.

60 posted on 05/06/2002 7:16:39 PM PDT by Yellow Rose of Texas
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To: Hellmouth
"Barnacle Bill the Sailor"
61 posted on 05/06/2002 7:35:19 PM PDT by StACase
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To: FRMAG
No discussion of martial music is complete without the inclusion of the Pipes. Most anything by the Blackwatch will do.

Scotland the Brave --sure sents chills down the spine
62 posted on 05/06/2002 7:40:37 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: uncbob
"Lili Marlene" is pretty good also
63 posted on 05/06/2002 7:44:29 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: uncbob
"Around Her Neck She Wore A yellow Ribbon" Is another one
64 posted on 05/06/2002 7:46:45 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Hellmouth
Any of the Russian hymns commemorating Tsar peter's victory over the Swedes at Poltava. Imagine living in a world in which the Swedes were a superpower?? We have Tsar peter to thank for that vision of reality passing away.
65 posted on 05/06/2002 7:50:35 PM PDT by medved
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To: Hellmouth
My vote goes to Dixie - an all American favorite! Some versions of Dixie - everyone should know the words

I was thinking of that David Bowie song...."ground control to Major Tom" (I'm not sure if that really counts as Military though)

66 posted on 05/06/2002 7:59:01 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: uncbob
ANOTHER OLD SOLDIER by C&W singer Mark Collie written for his father


He was haggard and gray and he walked with a limp
He'd have him a smoke and he take him a sip
Born in the summer of 24
Son of the vetreran of the first world war

He entered the service in forty one
And didn't come home till the fighin' was done
Wearing a ilver star on his chest
He was proud to sat he was one of the best

Chorus
Twenty one guns the stars and stripes
An eye full of tears and a heart full of pride
When you hear that distant bugle play
Another old soldier fades away
Another old soldier fades away


He took a bullet in the hip outside Inchon
But he was back in the field by fifty one
Said Douglas MacArthur was a man among men
And Harry Truman was a horse's end

He never questioned his Uncle Sam 
When they sent him into Vietnam
Then they brought him home in seventy three
On 100% disability

He loved his country with all his might
Right up until the day he died
In a crowded ward at the local VA
Another old soldier fades away

Chorus
Twenty one guns the stars and stripes
An eye full of tears asnd a heart full of pride
When you hear that distant bugle play
Another old soldier fades away
Another old soldier fades away

67 posted on 05/06/2002 8:03:18 PM PDT by uncbob
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CDB: The South's Gonna Do it Again, This Ain't no Rag

The Band: The Night They Drove 'Ol Dixie Down

68 posted on 05/06/2002 8:03:40 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Son Of Rooster
Goodnight Siagon

SOR

69 posted on 05/06/2002 8:06:29 PM PDT by Son of Rooster
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To: Son of Rooster
Down Where The River Bends by Dr. Ralph Stanley:

Hard to keep tears out of my eye

This could be our last goodbye

Your country calls you to defend a great land

So you do your part just like a man.

Chorus:

Down where the river bends

With God's help we'll meet again

Under the same old sycamore tree

Proud of each other In the land of the free.

70 posted on 05/06/2002 8:49:39 PM PDT by SpencerRoane
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To: Hellmouth
50,000 Names Carved in The Wall- George Jones. Not really a military song, more a patriotic song, seems appropriate this close to Memorial Day though.
71 posted on 05/06/2002 8:51:35 PM PDT by roachie
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To: Hellmouth
"Tenting Tonight", a Civil War song.

We'll be tenting tonight on the old campground...
Give us a song to cheer...
Our weary hearts, on the old campground...

72 posted on 05/06/2002 8:58:30 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: Hellmouth
Men of Harlich-made even more famous by the movie "Zulu".
Marching through Georgia
I watched a Army company march by our barracks in a driving rainstorm and they were singing "Anchors Aweigh".
73 posted on 05/06/2002 9:14:50 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: IncPen
When Johnny Comes Marching Home.
74 posted on 05/06/2002 9:15:49 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: aomagrat
That Dixie recording reminded me of my days at Ole Miss....I doubt they play it anymore.
75 posted on 05/06/2002 9:50:26 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: harpseal
Well done Skipper!
76 posted on 05/06/2002 9:50:54 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: sixtycyclehum;Dark Watch
Ballad of the Green Beret
77 posted on 05/06/2002 9:55:28 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Yellow Rose of Texas
Bless you! What a wonderful memory that must be. Tears come to my eyes when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance, so you can imagine what the military songs do to me...I do not believe there is anything glamorous or beautiful about war, so the men who take up that grim task so far from comforts of home and comforts of love in defense of our nation--so our children can sleep in peace--have all my admiration, including those in my own family.
78 posted on 05/06/2002 10:05:51 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: muleboy
"Long Riders" bump!
79 posted on 05/06/2002 10:22:39 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: Hellmouth
Best-- Washington Post March

Worst-- New York Times Twist

80 posted on 05/06/2002 11:06:41 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Hellmouth
The Ballad of Rodger Young
81 posted on 05/07/2002 12:09:00 AM PDT by Swordmaker
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To: gracex7
Thanks for printing the words, gracex7. Even more proof that march wasn't meant to be sung, IMHO.

Remember this variation?

Be kind to your web-footed friends
For that duck may be somebody's mother . .

82 posted on 05/07/2002 11:48:30 AM PDT by logician2u
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