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MILITARY MARCHING DRILL CADENCE

A YELLOW BIRD-
WITH A YELLOW BILL-
SITTING ON-
MY WINDOW SILL.
I COACHED HIM IN-
WITH CRUMBS OF BREAD-
AND THEN I SMASHED HIS FUCKING HEAD.
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR.
LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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LEADER: THERE AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING DOWN.
TROOPS: THERE AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING DOWN.
LEADER: THERE AIN'T NO DISCHARGE ON THE GROUND.
TROOPS: THERE AIN'T NO DISCHARGE ON THE GROUND.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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LEADER: I USED TO WEAR MY FADED JEANS.
TROOPS: I USED TO WEAR MY FADED JEANS.
LEADER: NOW I'M WEARING ARMY GREENS.
TROOPS: NOW I'M WEARING ARMY GREENS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: I USED TO DATE A HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN.
TROOPS: I USED TO DATE A HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN.
LEADER: NOW I HUMP AN M-16.
TROOPS: NOW I HUMP AN M-16.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: USED TO DRIVE A CADILLAC.
TROOPS: USED TO DRIVE A CADILLAC.
LEADER: NOW I PACK IT ON MY BACK.
TROOPS: NOW I PACK IT ON MY BACK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): TALL TALK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: USED TO DRIVE A CHEVROLET.
TROOPS: USED TO DRIVE A CHEVROLET.
LEADER: NOW I'M MARCHING ALL THE WAY.
TROOPS: NOW I'M MARCHING ALL THE WAY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: USED TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL STUD.
TROOPS: USED TO BE A HIGH SCHOOL STUD.
LEADER: NOW I'M CRAWLING THROUGH THE MUD.
TROOPS: NOW I'M CRAWLING THROUGH THE MUD.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN GOING HOME.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN GOING HOME.
LEADER: JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE.
TROOPS: JODY'S GOT YOUR GIRL AND GONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN CALLING HOME.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN CALLING HOME.
LEADER: JODY'S ON YOUR TELEPHONE
TROOPS: JODY'S ON YOUR TELEPHONE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING BACK.
TROOPS: AIN'T NO USE IN LOOKING BACK.
LEADER: JODY'S GOT YOUR CADILLAC.
TROOPS: JODY'S GOT YOUR CADILLAC.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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LEADER: YOUR MOTHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR FATHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR SISTER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: YOUR BROTHER WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: JODY WAS THERE WHEN YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.
LEADER: THAT'S THE REASON YOU LEFT.
TROOPS: YOU'RE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: NATURALLY, THE WORDS "LEFT" AND "RIGHT" FALL IN TIME WITH
THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MARCHING TROOPS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; TEXAS ; FORT LEONARD WOOD ; FORT SAM ; HOUSTON

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 06001983-11001983

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OLD ARMY OR NAVY SONG FROM WORLD WAR I

YOU SING THIS SONG TO THE TUNE OF "YANKEE DOODLE"
MY FATHER AND I WENT OUT TO CAMP,
ALONG WITH CAPTAIN GOODMAN.
AND THERE WE SAW THE MEN AND BOYS,
AS THICK WITH HASTY PUDDING.
CO[ MY GRANDPA WOULD OFTEN SING THIS SONG TO HIS CHILDREN.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDPA WOULD OFTEN SING THIS SONG TO HIS CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ballad, Song, Verse
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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Mr Johnny Goback

Once there was a Dutchman his name was Johnny Goback.
He was a sausage dealer in sauerkraut and speck.
One day he invented a marvelous machine,
now all the neighbors cats and dogs will never no more be
seen.
(Chorus) Oh mister Johnny Goback how could you be so mean?
I told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine.
Now all the neighbors cats and dogs will never no more be seen
they'll all be ground to sausages in Johnny Goback's machine.
chorus over.
One day a little boy came strolling in the store.
He bought a pound of sausages and set them on the floor.
The little boy started whistling, he whistled up a tune.
And all the little sausages started dancing around the room.
(Chorus)
One day the thing got stuck the blame thing wouldn't go.
So Johnny crawled inside of it to see what made it so.
His wife was having a nightmare walking in her sleep.
She gave the crank a heck of a yank and Johnny was sausage
meat.
(Chorus)

Submitter comment: My grandma learned this from her husband, who is no longer
living. She believes it is a Marching song for soldiers. My
grandfather came directly on the boat from the Netherlands so
this is native to that land. It goes back to at least his
childhood since his father taught it to him. This would date
this back as early as 1915.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAZEL PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Good humor Jest
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 00-00-1935

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Seal Battle Cry

Throughout training, and through the course of their careers,
Navy Seals can commonly be heard screaming the traditional battle
cry. The cry itself consists of a low pitched, guttural, "HOO YAH,"
usually followed by answering cries of a similar nature

Where learned: United States Navy Seals

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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War Cries

Geronimo! & Bombs Away!

Data entry tech comment:

Entered by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): Bomb ; Historical References ; Holler ; Narrative ; Rally Cry ; Saying ; WAR ; War Cry

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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Military Chant Jody

Leader: You had a good home but you left.
Chorus: You're right!
Leader: Jody was there when you left.
Chorus: You're right!

 

Submitter comment:

This is sung in the military when soldiers are marching.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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The Winner Is...?

Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh
The N.L.F. is gonna win

(to be chanted)

 

Submitter comment:

One member, Steve Fitch, is the son of a U.S. ambassador. He has travelled extensively around the world. This saying is chanted at marches or rallies.

 

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; Motor City Students for Democratic Society ; during various demonstrations

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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Legend

Come back with your shield or on it.
--Spartan theme

 

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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Place

 Remember the Alamo!

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; 5034 Grayton

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

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