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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JESUS WAS AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO OEDIPUS WAS A MOTHER FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO SAMPSON HAD A RANGER HAIRCUT,
YOU'LL GET ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO DAVID WAS A SMALL ARMS EXPERT,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO HEROD WAS A BABY KILLER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO MOSES MADE A RIVER CROSSING,
YOU'LL MAKE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO MOSES LOW CRAWLED UP THAT MOUNTAIN,
YOU'LL LOW CRAWL TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JUDAS WAS A BUDDY FUCKER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON
JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO JONAH WAS A SUBMARINER,
YOU'LL BE ONE TOO LOOK AWAY BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPOUND VERB: LOW CRAWL ; INCEST INFANTICIDE BIBLICAL CHARACTERS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
Filter - Mature Content

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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MILITARY CADENCE SONG

MR. NIXON DROPPED THE BOMB,
BUT I DON'T WANT TO GO TO 'NAM.
BUT IF I GET MY ORDERS TO 'NAM,
I'M GOING AWOL TO MY MOM.
IF THAT DOOR'S NOT OPEN WIDE,
GOT MY WEAPON BY MY SIDE.
IF THAT WEAPON JAMS ON ME, OH OH OH OHHH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): 'NAM FOR VIETNAM ; RHYME: 'NAM MOM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1974

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THE REASON BELL BOTTOM PANTS WERE USED IN THE NAVY WAS THEY COULD
ROLL THEM UP EASIER WHEN SAILORS HAD TO SWAB THE DECKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ETYMOLOGY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Working
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Lower body and legs

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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MILITARY TRADITION

THE FLAP ON THE BACK OF A NAVAL DRESS UNIFORM IS TRADITION STEMMING
FROM THE DAYS OF JOHN PAUL JONES WHEN THEIR HAIR WAS SHOULDER LENGTH.
THE FLAP WOULD CATCH THE GREASE FROM THEIR HAIR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms

Date learned: 10-17-1972

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NAVY

THE NAVY HAS AN OLD CUSTOM: THE FIRST TIME A SAILOR CROSSES THE
EQUATOR HE HAS TO APPEAR AT A MOCK TRIAL WHICH IS HELD BY KING
NEPTUNE

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
DRAMA -- Secular
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1972

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FLIRTATION WALK

AT WEST POINT IF YOU TAKE YOUR GIRL FRIEND DOWN FLIRTATION WALK
AND KISS HER UNDER THE KISSING ROCK YOU WILL MARRY.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- P535
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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THE LAST MAN IN THE GRADUATING CLASS AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
ACADEMY RECEIVES ONE DOLLAR FROM EACH GRADUATING SENIOR.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Number Last events: the last person to the table...

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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100TH NIGHT SHOW

TRADITIONAL COMEDY PLAY STAGED BY SENIOR CLASS ON THE 100TH NIGHT
BEFORE GRADUATION. SHOW TREATS FINER POINTS OF COMMANDING
OFFICERS AND WEST POINT TRADITION.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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"GREEN GIRL"

THE O.D. GREEN BLANKET DISTRIBUTED TO ALL CADETS IS CALLED A "GREEN
GIRL". WHEN A CADET GOES OUT WITH HIS BLANKET UNDER HIS ARM , ALL
CADETS KNOW THAT HE WILL BE IN THE WOODS WITH HIS GIRL THAT NIGHT.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WEST POINT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Folk etymology
SPEECH -- Trade & commerce
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Date learned: 00-00-1971

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MILITARY CUSTOM

BLANKET PARTY: } WHEN A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY DOES SOMETHING THAT
VIOLENTLY DISPLEASES A GROUP OF FELLOW SERVICE MEN STATIONED WITH
HIM, THIS FORM OF REVENGE IS CARRIED OUT. THE MALIGNED GROUP
GATHERS TOGETHER AFTER LIGHTS OUT AND THROW A BLANKET OVER THE
SLEEPING VICTIM AND BEAT ON HIM UNTIL THEY ARE SATISFIED WITH THEIR
REVENGE. IN DOING THIS, THE VIOLATOR DOES NOT KNOW WHO THE
INDIVIDUALS WERE THAT TOOK PART IN THE BEATING.

Submitter comment: I ACTUALLY SAW THIS OCCUR WHILD IN BASIC TRAINING, AND THE BEATEN
MAN WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR THREE DAYS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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NAME

PECKER CHECKER: } THIS IS THE NAME USED BY THE SEA SERVICES GIVEN
TO A HOSPITAL CORPSMAN. THIS IS DUE TO THE PRACTICE ON MANY SHIPS
OF THE CORPSMAN HAVING TO CHECK THE MEMBERS OF THE CREW FOR V.D.
UPON THE RETURN FROM A EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME ON LIBERTY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Person / Nickname
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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MILITARY CUSTOM

IT IS A COMMON CUSTOM IN THE MILITARY OF THE SEA TO REFER TO THE
COMMANDING OFFICER OF AN INSTALLATION OR SHIP AS "CAPTAIN," AND
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OR SECOND IN COMMAND, AS "COMMANDER."
THIS IS TRUE NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE THE INDIVIDUALS TRUE RANK,
WHETHER HE BE AN OFFICER OR ENLISTED MAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 09-27-1972

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WHEN A MILITARY SHIP SINKS, A WREATH IS PLACED ON IT FOR
PRESERVATION OF IT.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 03-22-1971

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NAVY CUSTOM

THE DAY BEFORE THE GUY LEFT FOR HOME, HE WAS SPRAYED WITH SHAVING
CREAM, MUSTARD AND KETCHUP AND MADE TO ROLL IN THE DUST OR DIRT.
THIS IS A NAVY CUSTOM, I DO NOT KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE DOES IT.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): SEVERANCE RITUAL

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing
BELIEF -- Number

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BACKWARDNESS

A COUPLE OF MY FRIENDS WERE IN THE NAVY. AFTER COMING HOME, WHEN
THEY SEE EACH OTHER ON THE STREET, THEY BOTH TURN AROUND AND WALK
BY EACH OTHER BACK TO BACK. THEY DO THIS TO SHOW THEIR MUTUAL
FEELING THAT EVERYTHING IS DONE BACKWARDS IN THE NAVY.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA, ASSUMED ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 04-00-1967

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AFTER GRADUATION AT WEST POINT, THE NEW LIEUTENANTS RETURN TO
THEIR ROOMS AND THROW THEIR CADET UNIFORMS OUT THE WINDOWS TO THE
CHILDREN WHO HAVE GATHERED FOR THE CEREMONY. THE GRADUATES HAVE
NO FURTHER USE FOR THE CLOTHES THEY WORE WHILE THEY WERE CADETS.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAW THIS HAPPEN AFTER THE GRADUATION OF JUNE 1961.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; SCRANTON

Keyword(s): GRADUATION MILITARY CADETS ; MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 03-01-1972

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MILITARY BAD LUCK

IT IS BAD LUCK FOR A SOLDIER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT TOLD ME THAT THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO SHOW
THE WORLD HOW RUGGED HE IS AND NEEDS NO PROTECTION. HE ALSO SAID
THAT HIS OFFICER HAD TOLD HIM NEVER TO CARRY AN UMBRELLA WHILE IN
UNIFORM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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IN THE SERVICE, THE FIRST TIME YOU CROSS THE EQUATOR YOU MUST
RUN THE GAUNTLET AND EVERYONE BEATS ON YOU. YOU MUST DO THIS NO
MATTER WHAT YOUR RANK IS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): FIRST TIME ; MILITARY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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THE CUSTOM IN POLAND FOR FIGHTING IN BATTLES WAS TO RIDE A HORSE AND
CARRY A LANCER AND TRY TO RAMROD THE ENEMY. THIS CUSTOM WAS USED UP
UNTIL WORLD WAR I WHEN THEY TRIED TO USE IT AGAINST THE GERMAN
TANKS AND FAILED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535

Date learned: 12-00-1977

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EQUATOR CROSSING FESTIVAL OR RITE

WITH A SHORT PORT CALL IN SUBIC BAY WE PROCEEDED ON A SOUTHERLY
COURSE TO SULU AND CELEBES SEAS AND INTO THE STRAITS OF MAKASSAR,
NEARING THE EQUATOR. AT THIS POINT THE SHIP'S CREW TOOK A DAY OFF
FOR AN OLD TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY TO CELEBRATE THE CROSSING. ALL FIRST
TIMERS TO CROSS 0' LATITUDE ARE GIVEN THE ROYAL TREATMENT, BUT YOU
CAN LOOK BACK AT IT AND HAVE A FEW LAUGHS.

Submitter comment: MY BROTHER IS A USMC PILOT ON THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER MIDWAY. I WISH I
KNEW WHAT THE ROYAL TREATMENT IS BUT THIS INITIATION RITE WAS LEFT T
THE IMAGINATION OF THE READER.

Where learned: INDIAN OCEAN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

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