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Running Cadence


Sittin' on a mountain top, beating my drum
Beat it so hard that he MP's come
I said MP, MP, don't arrest me
Arrest that leg behind the tree
He stole the whiskey, I stole the wine
All I ever do is double-time



Airborne Ranger raving mad
He's got a tab I wish I had
Black and gold and half moon shape
Airborne Ranger, he's gone ape
Jumpin' through windows, kicking down the walls
Airborne Ranger's havin' a ball
So if there's a trouble in the world today
Call on the men in the Black Berets!



Rollin' rollin' rollin'
Oh how my _____ is (are) swollen (ankles, feet, legs, knees, etc.)
Don't let your dingle dangle dangle in the mud
Pickup your dingle dangle, give it to your bud
dangle in the dirt (ground) (track) put it in your shirt (toss it
all around) (put it in your pack)



Up in the morning 'fore the break of day
I don't like it, no way
Eat my breakfast too damn soon
Hungry as a hound dog, 'fore noon



Went to the mess hall on my knees
I said, "Mess SGT., Mess SGT., feed me please!"
Mess SGT. said with a big ol' grin
"If you wanna be Airborne, you gotta be thin"



Up in the morning at the break of day
Working so hard we never play
Running through the jungle where the sun don't shine
All I do is double time



Up in the morning and out of the rack
Grab my clothes and put them on my back
Running cross the desert in the shifting sand
Drill Sergeant, look, I'll give you a helping hand



Up in the morning with a whistle and a yell
I know that voice and I know it well
Drill Sergeant says you better hit the floor
And don't be walking going out the door



I like women and I like wine
But all I do is double time
Double time here and double time there
Man this life, it's the best anywhere



Me and Superman got in a fight
I hit him in the head with some Kryptonite
I hit him so hard I busted his brain
And now I'm dating Lois Lane



Well, me and Batman, we had one, too
I hit him in the head with my left shoe
Right in the temple with my left heel
And now I'm driving the Batmobile hr>
A...A...MEN )
A...A.........MEN ) sung by the group
A...A...MEN AMEN AMEN )
sing it over )
sing it louder now )
sing it soft now )
real loud now ) sung by cadence caller between each line
real soft now )
Hallelujah! )
praise the Lord now )



I saw an old lady running down the street
Had a chute on her back, jump boots on her feet
Said, "Hey old lady, where you goin' to?"
She said, "US Army Airborne School"
Whatcha gonna do when you get there?
Jump from a plane and fall through the air
I said, "Hey old lady, ain't you been told?
Airborne School's for the brave and the bold."
She said, "Hey, now soldier, don't be a fool,
I'm an instructor at Airborne School!"



Saw an old lady marching down the road
Had a knife in her hand and a 90 lb. load
Said, "Hey old lady, where you goin' to?"
She said, "US Army Ranger School"
Whatcha gonna do when you get there?
Jump, swim, and kill without a care
I said, "Hey old lady, ain't you been told?
Ranger School's for the brave and the bold."
She said, "Hey, now soldier, don't be a fool,
I'm an instructor at Ranger School!"



Saw an old lady running down the track
Had fins on her feet and a tank on her back
Said, "Hey old lady, where you goin' to?"
She said, "US Army Scuba School"
Whatcha gonna do when you get there?
Swim under water and never breathe air
I said, "Hey old lady, ain't you been told?
Scuba School's for the brave and the bold."
She said, "Hey, now diver, don't be a fool,
I'm an instructor at Scuba School!"



When my granny was 91
She did PT just for fun
92
She did PT better than you
93
She did PT better than me
94
She did PT more and more
95
She did PT to stay alive
96
She kept on doing flutter-kicks
97
She up and died and went to heaven
She met St. Peter at the pearly gates
Said, "St. Peter, St. Peter, hope I'm not late
St. Peter said with a big ol' grin
"Get down granny, and knock out ten"
She replied with a big ol' smile
"Sorry, St. Peter, I'm on profile!"



One mile
No sweat
Two miles
Better yet
Three miles
Gotta run
Four miles
To the sun



I don't know but I think I might
Jump from an airplane while in flight
Soldier, soldier, have you heard
I'm gonna jump from a big iron bird
Up in the morning in the drizzlin' rain
Packed my chute and boarded the plane
C-130 rollin' down the strip
64 Rangers on a one-way trip
Mission Top Secret, destination unknown
They don't know if their ever coming home
When my plane gets up so high
Airborne troopers gonna dance in the sky
Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four
If my main don't open wide
I got a reserve by my side
If that one should fail me too
Look out ground, I'm a-coming through
If I die on the old drop zone
Box me up and ship me home
Bury speakers all around my head
So I can rock with the Grateful Dead
Bury speakers all around my toes
So I can rock with Axel Rose
If I die on a Chinese hill
Take my watch or the commies will
If I die in the Korean mud
Bury me with a case of Bud
Put my wings upon my chest
And tell my Mom I did my best



A is for Airborne
I is for in the sky
R is for Ranger
B is for bonafide
O is for on the go
R is for Rock-n-Roll
N is for never quit
E is for everyday



Cause I'm Airborne
All the way
Super-duper
Paratrooper



R is for rough and tough
A is for all the way
N is for never quit
G is for gung-ho
E is for excellence
R is for Ranger



Two old ladies lying in bed
One rolled over to the other and said,
"I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
Live a life of sex and danger
Blood, guts, sex, and danger
That's the life of an Airborne Ranger!"
or
"I..I see your heiny (butt)
It's so big and shiny
When I see it wiggle
It makes me giggle
If you don't hide
I might just bite it"



When I get to heaven
St. Peter's gonna say,
"How'd you earn your livin' boy,
How'd you earn your pay?"
I'll reply with a whole lot of anger,
"Made my living as an Airborne Ranger!
Blood, guts, sex, and danger
That's the life of an Airborne Ranger!"
When I get to Hell
Satan's gonna say,
"How'd you earn your livin' boy,
How'd you earn your pay?"
I'll reply with a fist to his face,
"Made my living laying SOULS to waste!"



'Coon skin and alligator hide
Makes a pair of jump boots just the right size
Shine 'em up, lace 'em up, put 'em on your feet
Brand new jump boots can't be beat



I had a dog who's name was Boo
Boo wanted to go to Infantry school
So early one day I took away his chow
And I motivated his bow-wow
I made him walk for 15 days
And put old Boo into a zombie haze
Now my Boo's a trooper, too
Mess with him and he'll bite you



GI coat and GI comb
Gee, I wish that I were home
GI coat and GI gravy
Gee, I wish I'd joined the Navy



AWOL, AWOL, where've you been?
Down in the bars, drinking gin
What ya gonna do when you get back?
Sweat it all out on the PT track



Engineers are number one
They call us when there's work to be done
Aviation is all we hear
We do the work, they drink the beer
Pistol ranges, soccer goals
Road extensions, we do it all



Through the desert and across the plains
Steaming jungles and tropic rains
No mortal foe can stop me now
This is gonna be my solemn vow
I have honor annd I have pride
Winning serves me as my guide
This Army shocks our enemies
Brings them crashing to their knees
Basic Training is plenty rough
To make it through you must be tough
Hey, Squad Leader, don't be blue
They're gonna make you a soldier, too



Jesse James said before he died
There's five things he wanted to ride
A bicycle, tricycle, automobile
A bow-legged horse and a ferris wheel



Engineer, engineer running down the road
Running so fast makes the others look old
We're running hard and we're running long
Still singing another stupid song
Build a road or cut down a tree
Or dig some graves for the Infantry
Working hard and working all day
Knocking down anything that gets in the way



 

Marching Cadence


This is, as best as I can tell, one of the oldest Jodies around. And as you can see is probably where the name "JODY" came from. There are references to this marching cadence as far back as the Great War Of Northern Aggression (that's the Civil War to all you yankees).


Got a letter in the mail
Go to war or go to jail
Sat me in that barber's chair
Spun me around, I had no hair
Used to drive a Cadillac
Now I pack it on my back
Used to drive a limousine
Now I'm wearing Army green
Dress it right and cover down
Forty inches all around
Nine to the front and six to the rear
That's the way we do it here
Used to date a beauty queen
Now I date my M-16
Ain't no use in lookin' down
Ain't no discharge on the ground
Ain't no use in going back
Jody's got your Cadillac
Ain't no use in calling home
Jody's got your girl and gone
Ain't no use in feeling blue
Jody's got your sister too
Took away my faded jeans
Now I'm wearing Army greens
They took away my gin and rum
Now I'm up before the sun
Mama Mama can't you see
What this Army's done for me
Mama Mama can't you see
This Army life is killing me



 

This is another old one. These are actually the words to a famous cavalry tune written sometime around the GWONA (yep the civil war again) and is often played by Cav bands but is also sometimes used as a cadence. However, in todays "politically correct" Army, it is heard less and less
 


Around her hair she wore a yellow ribbon
She wore it in the springtime, in the merry month of May
And if you asked her why the heck she wore it
She wore it for that soldier who was far, far away
Refrain: Far away!
Far away!
She wore it for that soldier who was far, far away.
Around the block she pushed a baby carriage...
Around her thigh she wore a yellow garter...
Behind the door her daddy kept his shotgun...
In the church the preacher kept a license...



 

These two have been around for a long time. There is an old US Army Signal Corps film from the First World War which shows basic trainees at Fort Leonard Wood singing these.
 


They say that in the Army, the chicken's mighty fine
One jumped off the table and started marking time
Refrain: Oh, Lord I wanna go
But they won't let me go (group ends this line with home,
stretched out over 8 paces, and a "Hey" on the right foot
to end the refrain)
They say that in the Army, the pay is mighty fine
They give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine
They say that in the Army, the coffee's mighty fine
It looks like muddy water, and tastes like turpentine
They say that in the Army, the biscuits are mighty fine
One rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine
They say that in the Army, the meat is mighty fine
Last night we had ten puppies, this morning only nine
They say that in the Army, the shoes are mighty fine
You ask for size eleven, they give you size nine
They say that in the Army, the pancakes are mighty fine
You can try to chew them, but you're only wasting time
They say that in the Army, the bed's are mighty fine
But how the hell would I know, I've never slept in mine
They say that in the Army, the mail is so great
Today I got a letter dated 1948
They say that in the Army, the hours are just right
Start early in the morning and work on through the night
They say that in the Army, the buses are mighty fine
One went round the corner, and left three wheels behind
They say that in the Army, the coffee's mighty fine
It's good for cuts and bruises and tastes like iodine
They say that in the Army, the chicken's mighty fine
One jumped off the table and killed a friend of mine



This one doesn't follow the normal call and echo of most cadences. The
cadence caller says the CC lines, and the group replies with the G lines,
instead of echoing the CC lines, then all call the ALL lines, with no
echoing.


You get a line and I'll get a pole ) CC
Honey, honey ) G
You get a line and I'll get a pole ) CC
Baby, baby ) G
You get a line and I'll get a pole ) ALL
We'll go down to the fishin' hole ) ALL
Refrain: Honey, oh baby, be mine ) ALL
Go to your left, your right, your left ) ALL
Go to your left, your right, your left, hey! ) ALL
I had a girl who lived on a creek
Honey, honey
I had a girl who lived on a creek
Baby, baby
I had a girl who lived on a creek
She was cute and she was sweet
I had a girl, looked good in blue
Honey, honey
I had a girl, looked good in blue
Baby, baby
I had a girl, looked good in blue
She could make a fool out of you



Wake up to a mortar attack
Hit the ground, I'm out of the rack
My sergeant rushes me off to chow
But I don't eat it anyhow
Refrain: Oh hail, Oh hail, Oh infantry
Queen of battle, follow me
Oh, airborne ranger's the life for me
For nothing in this world is free
From a big bird in the sky
All will jump and some will die
Off to battle we will go
To live or die, hell I don't know. Refrain
Hit the ground with American pride
A bullet through a commie's eye
He ought to be damn glad he died
He'd hate for me to take him alive
It's true that some of us will die
Airborne rangers learn to fly
But not today as I hit the ground
Lock and load another round
Over the hill, some men I've seen
Head to toe in Army green
Moving tactically, not a sound
Infantry soldiers on the ground
Assault, support are all in place
The enemy unaware of his fate
Claymores blast and 60's roar
Again, the airborne ranger scores
Its true that someday I'll be dead
Before I go I'll take more heads
Before us enemies all will flee
'Cause we're the airborne infantry



Somewhere there's a woman
She's crying for her man
He's an airborne ranger
He does the best he can
Refrain: Don't cry for me
I don't need your sympathy
'Cause I'm an airborne ranger
And that's all I want to be
Somewhere there's a mother
She's praying for her son
He's an airborne ranger
And his work is never done
Somewhere there's a father
His head is bowed in grief
His son was an airborne ranger
And he died for his beliefs
Somewhere there's a mother
Flag folded in her hands
Her son was an airborne ranger
And he died for his land



I hear the choppers coming
They're flying overhead
They've come to get the wounded
They've come to get the dead
Refrain: Airborne (shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot to kill)
Ranger (shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot to kill) *
My buddy's in a foxhole
A bullet in his head
The Army says he's living
But I know that he's dead
I ran to tell the C-O
About my buddy's head
But when I got there
The C-O was dead
And now the battle's over
The smoke is all around
We wanted to go home
But we're six feet underground

* In this refrain, the unit sings the words in parentheses at the same time
that the leader sings the words in italics. The unit then repeats the
leader's words in the normal manner.



Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, where have you been
Around the world and back again
Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you go
In a C-130, flying low
Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you get down
In a T-10 charlie, big and round
Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, what did you do
I killed a commie for me and you
Airborne ranger, airborne ranger, how did you get back
In a black and gold body sack



Eighty-second
All-American
Pick up your 'chutes and follow me
I'm the airborne infantry
One-oh-one
Screaming eagles
Pick up your ropes and follow me
I'm the air assault infantry
Twenty-fifth
Tropic lightning
Pick up your rucks and follow me
I'm the light infantry
First division
Big red one
Jump on your tracks and follow me
I'm the mechanized infantry
Seventy-fifth
Black beret
Pick up your weapon and follow me
I'm the ranger infantry
Sixth ID
Patch on my shoulder
Pick up your snowshoes, follow me
Arctic Light Infantry
ROTC
Patch on my shoulder
Pick up your books and follow me
I'm the wanna-be infantry



Old King Cole was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he He called
for his pipe and called for his bowl and he called for his privates, three
Beer, beer, beer said the privates
Merry men are we
But none so fair that they can compare to the airborne infantry
Old King Cole was a merry old soul and a merry old soul was he He called
for his pipe and called for his bowl and he called for his corporals, three
I need a three-day pass said the corporals
Beer, beer, beer said the privates
Merry men are we
But none so fair that they can compare to the airborne infantry
* The cadence continues on in this manner, with a verse about a higher
= rank and repeating all of the ranks before. Eight verses are sung with
= these lyrics: (the cadet is added only if you want to)
privates three see above
corporals three see above
sergeants three "file from the left, column right said the Sgts"=
lieuies three (pronounced loo-ee) "I'll lead the way said the lieuies'
captains three "charge that hill said the captains"
majors three "who's gonna shine my boots said the majors"
colonels three "where's my star said the colonels"
generals three "war, war, war"
cadets three "when do I get my check?"



In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
a beggar bound for college
was roaming in the streets of Spain
and selling hot tamales
Refrain: He said the world was round-oh
He said it could be found-of
The hypothetical navigating son-of-a-gun Colombo
Said Isabel to Ferdinand
his plan sounds mighty hazy
said Ferdinand to Isabel
I think the sucker's crazy!



 

This is another very common cadence. There must be thousands of possible combinations of this type and the ones listed here are only a few. This is probably the most common one found in basic training units, because it's easy to sing , easy to remember and easy to customize for various units and situations.
 


Let 'em blow let 'em blow
Let the four winds blow
Let 'em blow from east to west
The US Army is the best
Standing tall and looking good
Ought to march in Hollywood
Hold your head and hold it high
___ Platoon is marching by
Close your eyes and hang your head
We are marching by the dead
Look to your right and whadta see?
A whole bunch of legs looking at me
Dress it right and cover down
Forty inches all around
Nine to the front, six to the rear
That's the way we do it here
Everywhere I go
There's a Black Hat there (or Drill Sergeant)
Every where I go
There's a Black Hat there
Black Hat
Black Hat
Why don't you leave me alone
And let me go back home
When I eat my chow... (sub in for Everywhere I go)
When I comb my hair...
When I brush my teeth...
When I get my shots...
When I do PT...
When I see my girl...
When I get out of bed...
On an FTX...
Count cadence
Delay cadence
Skip cadence
Count
(one) All you soldiers
(two) You better do your best
(three) Before you find yourself
(four) In the leaning rest
(one) Hit it
(two) Kick it
(three) Stab it
(four) Kill it
(one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four



we like it here
we love it here
we've finally found a home
a home
a home
a home away from home
Hey!)
See that man in the black beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the black beret
Killings how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
Airborne Ranger Infantry
See that man in the maroon beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the maroon beret
Jumping how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
US Airborne Infantry
See that man in the green beret
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man in the green beret
Teaching how he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
Special Forces Infantry
See that man with the steel pot on
Ask him how he earns his pay
See that man with the steel pot on
Hand to hand he earns his pay
He's the best the world will see
US Army Infantry



Tiny bubbles
In my beer
Makes me happy
And full of cheer
Tiny bubbles
In my wine
Makes me happy
All the time



Everywhere we go - oh
People wanna know - oh
Who we are
Where we come from
So we tell them
We are _______ (Alpha, Bravo, etc...) (Alpha used for example)
Mighty Mighty Alpha
Rough - n - tough Alpha
Straight shooting Alpha
Better than Bravo
Big baby Bravo
Better than Charlie
Chicken chicken Charlie
Better than Delta
Dumb-dumb Delta
Better than Echo
Icky icky Echo
We are Alpha
Mighty mighty alpha



Hey hey Captain Jack
Meet me down by the railroad track
With that bottle in my hand
I wanna be a drinking man
For Uncle Sam
Hey hey Captain Jack
Meet me down by the railroad track
With that rifle in my hand
I wanna be a shooting man
A drinking man
For Uncle Sam
With that bayonet in my hand
I wanna be a cutting man
With that woman in my hand
I wanna be a loving man
With that suitcase in my hand
I wanna be a traveling man
With that pistol in my hand
I wanna be a killing man



The Army colors
the color is red
to show the world
the blood we've shed
blue...that we are true
white...that we are right
black...that we are back
gold...that we are bold
green...that we are mean
brown...that we get down
gray...that you will pay



Pebbles and Bam-Bam on a Friday night
Trying to get to heaven on a paper kite
Lightning struck (BOOM) and down they fell (AHHH)
Instead of getting to heaven, they went straight to hell



Dino the dog (RUFF RUFF) was on the bone (CHOMP CHOMP)
While Fred and Barney rocked the microphone
There was nothing that Fred or Barney could do
'cept sing "Yabba daba daba daba daba daaaaaba do!"



Here we go again
Same old stuff (shit) again
Marching down the avenue
Few more days and we'll be through
I won't have to look at you
So, I'll be glad and so will you


Through the desert and across the plains
Steaming jungles and tropic rains
No mortal foe can stop me now
This is gonna be my solemn vow
I have honor and I have pride
Winning serves me as my guide
This Army shocks our enemies
Brings them crashing to their knees
Basic Training is plenty rough
To make it through you must be tough
Hey, Squad Leader, don't be blue
They're gonna make you a soldier, too



These boots were made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do
If all you're doing is markin' time
They'll walk all over you
These guns were made for shootin'
And that's just what they'll do
And if we get a mission
We'll drill a hole in you
This Army's trained for fightin'
And that's just what we'll do
If you pick a fight with us
We'll walk all over you

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