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Marine Corps Marching Cadences

C-130 Rollin Down the Strip

C-130 rollin’ down the strip,
U.S. Marines gonna take a little trip!
Mission top-secret, destination unknown!
Don’t even know when we’re comin’ home!
Stand up, buckle up, shuffle to the door,
Jump right out and shout MARINE CORPS!
If that chute don’t open wide,
I’ve got a reserve by my side
(or, I’ll be the first one on the ground)
If that one should fail me too,
Look out devil I’m a’comin’ for you!
A kickin’ and a jabbin’!
Punchin’ and a stabbin!

Version II C-130

C130 going down the strip
(your unit) gonna take a little trip
Stand up buckle up shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four

If my chute dont open wide
I have another one by my side
If my reserve dont blossom round
Ill be the first one on the ground

Lo, right- left
lefty , right lea eft
lo, right left
lefty-right left

Soldier Soldier have you heard,
I’m gonna jump out a big iron bird,
Up in the morning in the drizzlin’ rain,
gonna pack my shoot and board the plane,
C-130 rollin’ down the strip,
US Marines on a one way trip,
Mission top secret, destination unknown,
I don’t even know if i’m comin home.
Jump up, hook up, shuffle to the door,
jump on out and count to four (or, jump on out and shout “MARINE CORPS”)
If that shoot don’t open wide,
I’ll be splattered on the country side,
unless i got a reserve by my side,
if that shoot should fail me too,
look out ground, i’m comin’ through,
If i land in your drop zone,
Box me up and ship me home,
If i die on a chinese hill,
take my gear or the commies will,
if i land in korean mud,
bury me with a case of bud,
bury me with speakers all around my toes,
so i can rock to axl rose,
bury me with speakers all around my head,
so i can rock to the grateful dead,
pin my medals all upon my chest,
tell my momma i did my best,
then bury me in the Leanin’ Rest

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There was a girl who wore a yellow ribbon

There was a girl who wore a yellow ribbon,
She wore it in the spring time in the merry month of May.
If you asked her why she wore that ribbon,
She wore it for the young Marine so far, far, away.
Far away, Far away,
She wore it for the young Marine so far, far, away.
Around the block she pushed a baby carriage,
She pushed it in the spring time in the merry month of May.
If you asked her why the heck she pushed it,
She pushed it for the young Marine so far, far, away.
Far away, Far away,
She pushed it for the young Marine so far, far, away.
In her house her daddy has a shotgun,
He has it in the spring time in the merry month of May.
If you asked him why the heck he has it,
He has it for the young Marine so far, far, away.
Far away, Far away,
He has it for the young Marine so far, far, away

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Stand up buckle up and shuffle to the door, Jump right out and shout “Marine Corps!”

Mission Top Secret, destination unknown,
We don’t know if we’re ever coming home.
Stand up buckle up and shuffle to the door,
Jump right out and shout “Marine Corps!”
If my shute don’t open wide,
I’ve got a reserve by my side.
If that one should fail me too,
Look out ground I’m coming through.
Hookin and a jabbin,
Slashin and a stabbin.
If I die in a combat zone,
Box me up and ship me home.
Pin my medals upon my chest.
Tell my momma I’ve done my best.

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I don’t know, but I’ve been told

I don’t know, but I’ve been told,
The Marine Corps is mighty bold.
And up upon the bolden scene,
Stands the United States Marines.
Sound off 1 2,
Sound off 3 4,
1 2 3 4 United States Marine Corps
The only ones with the gut’s to fight.
They fight all day, and stand guard at night.
Sound off 1 2,
Sound off 3 4,
1 2 3 4 United States Marine Corps
Now on land, sea or in the air,
They get the job done no matter where.
So when they come home from all the battles,
To show off the all their heroic medals.
The Marine Corps is the job for me.
Sound off 1 2,
Sound off 3 4,
1 2 3 4 United States Marine Corps!

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Mama, Mama can’t you see? What the Marine Corps’ done to me…

Mama, Mama can’t you see?
What the Marine Corps’ done to me…
They sat me down in the chair,
When I looked I had no hair
Mama Mama can’t ya see???
What the Marine Corps’ done to me…
I used to drive a Chevrolet,
but now I march around all day
Mama, Mama can’t you see?
What the Marine Corps’ done to me…
I used to drive a Cadillac…
now I carry one on my back…
Mama Mama can’t you see?!?!?!?
What the Marine Corps’ done to me…
After I passed the really hard test…
They stuck a ribbon in my chest.
Mama,Mama Cant you see?
What the Marine Corps’ done to me…
I’m walkin tall and feeling good,
I’m doing things I never thought I could.

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Lil yellow birdie with a lil yellow bill Landed on my window sill

Lil yellow birdie with a lil yellow bill
Landed on my window sill
Lured him in with a lil piece a bread
Then I crushed his lil f***ing head
Me oh my I am such a clutz
I missed his head and hit his nutz

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If I wanted to be a Doggy Then I would’ve joined the stinkin’ Army

If I wanted to be a Doggy
Then I would’ve joined the stinkin’ Army
If I wanted to be a Fly Boy
Then I would’ve joined the stinkin’ Air Force
If I wanted to be a Swaby
Then I would’ve joined the stinkin’ Navy
But I wanted a job that makes you lean and mean
Livin in the woods with my M-16, eatin hot dogs with pork and beans
The Marine Corps offered all of this
I said I wanted a job that gives me pride and joy
The Marine Corps offers all these things
Now the moral of the story is
When it comes to the Armed Forces
The Marine Corps has got’em all beat

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Runnin through the desert with my M-16

Runnin through the desert with my M-16
I’m a mean motor scooter
I’m a U.S. Marine
If ya see me comin you better step aside
Cause many men didn’t and many men died

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Mama told Jody not to go downtown, Marine Corps Recruiters are hangin’ around

Mama told Jody not to go downtown
Marine Corps Recruiters are hangin’ around
Jody didn’t listen and went anyway
Now he is livin’ the Marine Corps Way

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Ain’t no use in lookin’ down, Ain’t no discharge on the ground

Ain’t no use in lookin’ down
Ain’t no discharge on the ground
Ain’t no use in lookin’ back
‘Cause Jody’s got your Cadillac
Ain’t no use in feelin’ blue
‘Cause Jody’s got your lady too

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They say that in the Marine Corps, The chow is mighty fine!

They say that in the Marine Corps,
The chow is mighty fine!,
Chicken jumped off my tray once,
And marched right down the line!,
Oh Lord, I wanna go home!,
Platoon Sergeant, won’t let me go home!,
They say in the Marine Corps,
The pay is mighty fine!,
Give ya a hundred dollars,
Take back 99!,
Oh Lord, I wanna go home!,
Platoon Sergeant, won’t let me go home!,
They say in the Marine Corps,
The women are mighty fine!,
Look like Phyllis Diller,
March like Frankenstein!,
Oh Lord, I wanna go home!,
Platoon Sergeant, won’t let me go home!,

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Old Lady Johnson Had Three Sons

Old Lady Johnson had three sons,
They were eighteen, nineteen and twenty-one.
Everything was fine until ‘sixty-four,
When all three sons went and joined the Corps.
In nineteen sixty-five they went to Vietnam,
Well, they went there to fight the Viet Cong.
They fought them of by ‘sxty-eight,
And then they had to fight the NVA.
It stayed that way until ‘sixty-nine,
When Number One Son stepped on a mine.
Number Two Son got it that same year,
When he took a sniper round in the ear.
Number Three Son is back on the farm,
He checks the mail every day for his leg and his arm.
Old Lady Johnson don’t smile no more,
She says, “Eat an Apple, forget the Corps!”

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Fired Up

A what we gonna do when we get back
i take the shower and hit the rack
NO WAY
gotta run
PT
a lots of fun
alo-righty-lao
alefty-righ-alo
alo-right-lao
left-right-lao
alo-righty-lao
I love to double time
feels good
sounds good
Fired up,fired up
plenty sun
fired up
here we go
on the road…….

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Eagle Globe and Anchor

REFRAIN:gimme that eagle,globe and anchor
gimme that eagle,globe and anchor
gimme that eagle globe and anchor
cause its good enough for me

it was good for dan dailey
it was good for smedley butler
it was good for chesty puller
and its good enough for me

REFRAIN

it was good at iwo jima
it was good at guadacanal
it was good at the frozen chosin
and its good enough for me

REFRAIN

oh yeah
oh yeah!
oh yeah!!

alo right la-o
lefty right-a la-o

alooo right la-oo
left right la-o

lo right-a left right
lefty right a lo

U
undefeated

S
semper fi

M
motivated

C
C!
C!!

C-130rollin down the strip
“you know the rest”

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Hey Hey Captain (Whiskey) Jack

Hey, Hey Captain Jack
Meet me down
by the railroad track
With a Bottle in your hand
I’m gonna be a drinking man
A drinking man

Hey, Hey Captain Jack
Meet me down
by the railroad track
With a K-bar in your hand
I’m gonna be a stabbing man

A stabbing man
A drinking man

Hey, hey Captain Jack
Meet me down by the railroad track
with a bible in your hand
I’m gonna be a preaching man

A preaching man
A stabbing man
A drinking man

Hey, hey captain Jack
Meet me down by the railraid track
with a lady in your hand
I’m gonna be a loving man

A loving man
A preaching man
A stabbing man
A drinking man

Hey, hey captain Jack
Meet me down by the rail road track
with a rifle in my hand
I’m gonna be a shoot n’ man

A shoot n’ man
A loving man
A preaching man
A stabbing man
A drinking man

Hey, hey captain Jack
Meet me down by the rail road track
with an e-tool in my hand
I’m gonna be A killing man

A killing man
A shoot n’ man
A loving man
A preaching man
A stabbing man
A drinking man

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Marine Infantry Cadence

hey there army,
get in your tanks and follow me,
i am marine corps infantry.
hey there air force,
get in your plains and follow me,
i am marine corps infantry.
hey there navy,
get in your ships and follow me,
i am marine corps infantry.
hey there JARHEADS,
grab your M-16 and follow me,
we are the marine corps infantry.
hey there recon,
grab your k-bar and follow me,
you are the best of the infantry.
hey civilans,
get off your butts and sign up now,
join the marine corps infantry.

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Infantry Cadence

I left the sky in the middle of the night
I hit the deck and I’m ready to fight.
Colt .45 and Kabar by my side
These are the tools that make men die.

Hail, hail, infantry
Queen of battles, follow me
Marine Corps life is the life for me
Cause nothing in this life is free.

Here I lie in this foreign land
Bleeding on this foreign sand.
Ground around me turning red
By the time they find me, I’ll be dead.

Hail, hail, infantry
Queen of battles, follow me
Marine Corps life is the life for me
Cause nothing in this life is free.

In the middle of the night in the drizzle and rain,
I packed my chute and ran to the plane.
Mission top secret mission unknown,
We do not know if we’re ever comin’ home.
Stand up buckled up shuffled to the door,
Jumped right out the plane and shout MARINE CORPS!
If my chute don’t open wide
I’ve got another one by my side.
If that chute don’t open round
I’ll be the first one on the ground.

Hail, hail, infantry
Queen of battles, follow me
Marine Corps life is the life for me
Cause nothing in this life is free.

Tell my mama not to cry
Cause in the Corps it’s do or die.
Pin my wings upon my chest
Tell my girl I’ve done my best.
Place a Kabar in my hand.
I’ll fight my way to the promised land.

Orraaahhh!
Blood and Guts
Orraaahhh!
Everywhere
Blood and Guts everywhere
We’re lean and mean
We’re the US Marines
Orraaahhh!
Semper Fi!
Cause int the Corps we’re do or die!
Hail, hail, infantry
Queen of battles, follow me
Marine Corps life is the life for me
Cause I’m Marine Corps infantry!

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PT Countdown

PT, PT, PT, COUNT

MILE ONE, JUST FOR FUN

MILE TWO, GOOD FOR YOU

MILE THREE, GOOD FOR ME

MILE FOUR, LET’S RUN SOME MORE

MILE FIVE, I FEEL ALIVE

MILE SIX, THAT’S THE TRICK

MILE SEVEN, I’M IN HEAVEN

MILE EIGHT, THIS FEELS GREAT

MILE NINE, I’M FEELING FINE

MILE TEN, LET’S RUN AGAIN

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Just His Way Of Life (marching)

IN THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
THERES A U.S. MARINE
AND HE’S LOOKIN FOR A FIGHT

WELL HE FLIES IN AN AIRPLANE
AND HE JUMPS THROUGH THE SKY
HE’S A U.S. MARINE
AND HE KILLS BEFORE HE DIES

IN THE COLD OF KOREA
UNDER SIX FEET OF SNOW
THERES A U.S. MARINE
AND HE’S PUTTIN ON A SHOW

MACHINE GUNS A BLAZING
GRENADES A GOIN BOOM
THERE’S A U.S. MARINE
STEP BACK AND GIVE HIM ROOM

IN THE KUWAITI DESERT
IN THE DEEP HOT SAND
THERE’S A U.S. MARINE
AND HE’S KICKING OVER SOME DEAD

SCUD MISSILES ARE A LAUNCHING
THE PATRIOT WILL REPLY
THERE’S A U.S. MARINE
AND HIS MOTTO’S DO OR DIE

DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME BABY
DON’T YOU SHED ME ANY TEARS
I’M A U.S. MARINE
AND I LIVE WITHOUT NO FEAR

AND I FOUGHT FOR MY COUNTRY
FROM THE CONTINENTAL SOLDIER
TO THE HUNDRED HOUR WAR
DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME BABY
DON’T YOU SHED ME ANY TEARS
DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME BABY
DON’T YOU SHED ME ANY TEARS

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A United States Marine (marching)

You can keep your Army khaki,
You can keep your Navy blue.
I have the world’s best fighting man,
To introduce to you.

His uniform is different,
The best you’ve ever seen.
The German’s called him “Devil Dog,”
His real name is “Marine”

He was born on Parris Island,
The place where God forgot.
The sand is eighteen inches deep,
The sun is blazing hot.

He gets up every morning,
Before the rising sun.
He’ll run a hundred miles and more,
Before the day is done.

He’s deadly with a rifle,
A bayonet made of steel.
He took the warrior’s calling card,
He’s mastered how to kill.

And when he gets to heaven,
St. Peter he will tell,
Another Marine reporting, sir,
I’ve served my time in Hell.

So listen, all you young girls,
To what I have to say:
Go find yourself a young Marine,
To love you every day.

He’ll hug you and he’ll kiss you,
And treat you like a queen.
There is no better Fighting Man:
The United States Marine!

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Just One Day

I can run to Haiti like this
All the way to Haiti like this
And when I get Haiti the Haitians gonna say
How’d you get to Haiti in just one day
And I’ll reply with a whole lot of anger
Blood and guts and a little bit of danger
HOYEAH
Motivated
Dedicated
i can run to bosnia like this
all the way to bosnia like this
when i get to bosnia the serbs are gonna say
how’d you get to bosnia in just one day
and I’ll reply with a whole lot of anger
Blood and guts and a little bit of danger
HOYEAH
Motivated
Dedicated
HOYEAH
thats me
thats you
I can run to somalia like this
all the way to somalia like this
when I get to somalia they’re gonna say
how’d you get to somalia in just one day
and I’ll reply with a whole lot of anger
Blood and guts and a little bit of danger
HOYEAH
Haiti
everyday
everyway
HOYEAH
I can run to Iraq like this
all the way to Baghdad like this
and when I get to Iraq Saddams gonna say
how’d you get to Iraq in just one day
and I’ll reply with a whole lot of anger
Blood and guts and a little bit of danger
HOYEAH
that’s for me

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Marine corps

M
MOTIVATION
A
ABILITY
R
RECON
I
INITIATIVE
N
NOTE WORTHY
E
ENDURANCE
C
COURAGE
O
OBSTACLE
R
REALITY
P
PRIDE
S
SHOOT TO KILL
WHAT’S THAT SPELL
MARINE CORPS
YOUR CORPS
MY CORPS

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Born to be a Marine

TALKIN TO MY DADDY ON HIS DYING BED
WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE THIS IS WHAT HE SAID
WHEN I CAME OUT OF MY MOTHERS WOMB
I FOUND MYSELF IN THE DELIVERY ROOM
ALL BLOODY AND WHITE I RAPPELLED TO THE FLOOR
CUT THE UMBILICAL AND CRAWLED TO THE DOOR
CRUISED THE WARD AND I’M LOOKIN GOOD
BABY LITTLE MARINE LIKE I SHOULD
CAMOUFLAGE DIAPER BLACK BABY SHOES
BUTTER KNIFE SWORD AND BABY DRESS BLUES
HUMVEE STROLLER TRICYCLE TANK
THREE DIAPER PINS ON MY COLLER FOR RANK
DOWN THE HALL I HEARD SOME CRYING LIKE HECK
WALKED RIGHT IN CALLED ATTENTION ON DECK
LISTEN UP WIMPS I’M IN COMMAND
ALL YOUR CRYIN AND YOUR SNIVELIN I WILL NOT STAND
THEY SAID AYE AYE SIR AND I HAD IT MADE
I WAS COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE BABY BRIGADE

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Marines for me

(AFTER EVERY LINE UNIT SHOUTS “MARINE CORPS”)
A 1, 2, 3, 4
A 1, 2, 3, 4
A ARMY, NAVY WAS NOT FOR ME
AIR FORCE WAS JUST A TOO EASY
WHAT I NEED WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE
I NEED A LIFE THAT IS HARDCORE
PARRIS ISLAND IS WHERE IT BEGAN
A LITTLE ROCK WITH LOTS A SAND
I CAN’T FORGET ABOUT HOLLYWOOD
SAN DIEGO AND IT’S ALL GOOD
PT DRILL ALL DAY LONG
KEEP ME RUNNING FROM DUSK TO DAWN
A 1, 2, 3, 4
TELL ME NOW WHAT YOU WAITING FOR
A 1, 2, 3, 4
MOMMA NOW I’M GONNA SING YOU SOME MORE
FIRST PHASE IT BROKE ME DOWN
SECOND PHASE I STARTED COMIN ROUND
THIRD PHASE I WAS LEAN AND MEAN
GRADUATION STANDING TALL IN MY GREEN
TO ANYBODY WHO ASKED ME WHY
HERE’S THE DEAL I GAVE MY REPLY
I’LL BE A MARINE TIL THE DAY I DIE
MOTIVATED AND SEMPER FI
A 1, 2, 3, 4
TELL ME NOW WHAT YOU WAITING FOR
A 1, 2, 3, 4
LISTEN UP I’M GONNA SING YOU SOME MORE
MAKIN HISTORY SO IT’S UNDERSTOOD
IWO JIMA TO THE GUADAL CANAL
KICKIN BUTT JUST EVERYWHERE
FROZEN CHOSEN TO THE HO CHI MINH
I THINK ITS TIME THAT WE DO IT AGAIN
BEIRUT LEBANON
I THINK ITS TIME THAT WE GET IT DONE
A 1, 2, 3, 4
TELL ME NOW WHAT YOU WAITING FOR

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