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AMERICAN MARCHING SONGS SECTION

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Lyrics - SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON...
Russ Morgan/The Andrews Sisters

1.) Round her neck she wore a yellow ribbon
She wore it in the winter
And the merry month of May
When I asked her, Why the yellow ribbon?
She said, It’s for my lover who is far far away
Far away, far away,
She said, It’s for my lover who is far far away
Far away, far away,
She said, It’s for my lover who is far far away

2.) When, at first, she met a winsome Johnny
He wasn’t sure her heart was pure
Her eyes were far too bold
So, round her neck
He tied a yellow ribbon
He tied a yellow ribbon
‘Cause it matched her hair of gold
Hair of gold, hair of gold He tied a yellow ribbon
‘Cause it matched her hair of gold
Hair of gold, hair of gold
He tied a yellow ribbon
For her eyes were far too bold

3.) If, perchance, you spy a lovely maiden
And by her side, there walks with pride
A Johnny strong and gay
And round her neck there is a yellow ribbon
No matter how you love her
Please stay far far away
Far away, far away,
No matter how you love her
Please stay far far away
Far away, far away,
Her love is for another
So stay far far away
Far far away
 

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Lyrics - I WANNA BE IN THE CAVALRY...

I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna good steed under me like my forefathers before
I wanna good mount when the bugle sounds and I hear the cannons' roar
I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war

Well,I wanna horse in the volunteer force that's riding forth at dawn
Please save for me some gallantry that will echo when I'm gone
I beg of you sarge let me lead the charge when the battle lines are drawn
Lemme at least leave a good hoof beat they'll remember loud and long

I'd not a good foot soldier make, I'd be sour and slow at march
And I'd be sick on a navy ship, and the sea would leave me parched
But I'll be first in line if they'll let me ride, by god, you'll see my starch
Lope back o'er the heath with the laurel wreath underneath that vict’ry arch

I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna good steed under me like my forefathers before
I wanna good mount when the bugle sounds and I hear the cannons' roar
I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war

Let me earn my spurs in the battle's blur where the day is lost or won
I'll wield my lance as the ponies dance and the blackguards fire their guns
A sabre keen, and a saddle carbine and an army Remington
Where the hot lead screams with the cold, cold steel let me be a cav’lryman

I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna good steed under me like my forefathers before
I wanna good mount when the bugle sounds and I hear the cannons' roar
I wanna be in the cavalry if i must go of to war

Let 'em play their flutes and stirrup my boots and place them back to front
Cause I won’t be back on the rider-less black and I'm finished in my hunt
I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna be in the cavalry, but I won't ride home no more


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Intro: I wanna be in the cavalry if they send me off to war
I wanna good steed under me like my forefathers before

1.) Courageous at first we took their worst, our positions we held stout
We clung to belief and we hung on the speech from our trusted leaders’ mouths
Overwhelming odds and a hopeless cause and our cities overrun
There were them that said we was badly led and God were we outgunned

2.) I lost count of the worthy mounts that from under me were cut
My favourite mare with her head in the air took the cannons in her gut
In the first two weeks on that bloody creek my brother lost his arm
Was only sixty days till all we prayed was get us home unharmed

3.) O for the day that we signed our names and the well that we were wished
The men’s congrats and the pats on the backs and the ladies that we kissed
The band that played and the grande parade and the patriotic shouts
All faded fast, didn't even last till the uniforms wore out

4.) And there were none to replace nor to help us face the winters cold and bleak
That chilled to the bone the pneumonia prone and froze our bootless feet
Then the typhoid hit with its fevered fits, TB and dysentery
That proved in the end to have killed more men than the vilest enemy

5.) We were finally forced to feed on horse and carcass we could scrounge
When the wagons stopped and we’d burnt their crops to charred and barren ground
With morale in doubt and our pride run out no honour did I see
All I seen were a thousand dreams piled dead in front of me

Outro: I wanna be in the cavalry if the send me off to war
I wanna be in the cavalry but I won’t ride home no more
 

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Lyrics - HORSE SOLDIER, HORSE SOLDIER!...

I's with Custer and the 7th in '76 or '77
Scalped at Little Big Horn by the Sioux
And the tears and devistation of a once proud warrior nation
This I know 'cause I was riding with them too

I drank mare's blood on the run when I rode with the Great Khan
On the frozen Mongol steppe when at his height
I's a White Guard, I's a Red Guard, I's the Tsar's own palace horse guard
When Romanov was murdered in the night

I knew Salah al-Din and rode his swift Arabians
Harassing doomed crusaders on their heavy drafts
And yet I rode the Percheron against the circling Saracen
And once again against myself was cast

Well I've worn the Mounties crimson, if you're silent and you listen
You'll know that it was with them that I stood
When Mayerthorpe, she cried, as her four horsemen died
Gunned down in scarlet, coldest blood

I's the firstest with the mostest when I fought for Bedford Forrest
Suffered General Wilson's Union raid
Mine was not to reason why, mine was but to do and die
At Crimea with the charging light brigade

On hire from Swiss or Sweden, be me Christian, be me heathen
The devil to the sabre I shall put
With a crack flanking maneuver, I'm an uhlan alles uber
Striking terror into regiment of foot

I knew my days were numbered when o'er the trenches lumbered
More modern machinations de la guerre
No match for rapid fire or the steel birds of the sky
With a final rear guard action I retreat
No match for barbered wire or the armoured engines whine
Reluctant I retire and take my leave

Today I ride with special forces on those wily Afghan horses
Dostum's Northern Alliance give their thanks
No matter defeat or victory, in battle it occurs to me
That we may see a swelling in our ranks

I's with the Aussies at Beersheba took the wells so badly needed
And with the Polish lancers charging German tanks
Saw Ross' mount shot down at Washingtown the night we burned the White House down
And cursed the sack of York and sons of Yanks

Refrain:
I'm a hussar, I'm a Hun, I'm a wretched Englishman
Routing Bonaparte at Waterloo
I'm a dragoon on a dun, I'm a Cossack on the run
I'm a horse soldier, timeless, through and through
I'm a horse soldier, eternal, through and through
 

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Lyrics - ONCE I WAS A SOLDIER...

1.) Once I was a soldier
And I fought on foreign sands for you
Once I was a hunter
And I brought home fresh meat for you
Once I was a lover
And I searched behind your eyes for you
And soon there'll be another
To tell you I was just a lie

2.) And though you have forgotten
All of our rubbish dreams
I find myself searching
Through the ashes of our ruins
For the days when we smiled
And the hours that ran wild
With the magic of our eyes
And the silence of our words

Refrain:
And sometimes I wonder
Just for a while
Will you remember me
 

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Lyrics - I LEFT MY LOVE...
(Stan Jones)

I left my love, my love I left her sleepin' in her bed.
I turned my back on my true love Went fightin' Johnny Reb.
I left my love a letter in the holler of a tree.
I told her she would find me in the U.S. Cavalry.

Refrain: |: Heigh-O, down they go there's no such word as can't
We'll ride clean down to Hell! And! Back!
For Ulysses Simpson Grant :|

Last Refrain: Heigh-O, down they go there's no such word as can't
We'll ride clean down to New Orleans!
For Ulysses Simpson Grant



 

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Lyrics - MANSIONS OF THE LORD...

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Devine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord
 

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Lyrics - THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME... ???

1.) For she's as fair as Shannon's side and purer than its water
But she refused to be my bride though many a year I sought her
Yet since the day I rode away her letters oft remind me
I’ll be returning from the fray to the girl I left behind me

2.) Oh the dames of France are fond and free their lips are more than willing
I’ll warm the maids of Italy and Span eyes are thrilling
Oh the Eng charm me with their smiles and yet they fail to bind me
for my heart goes back to Erin's Isle to the girl I left behind me
 

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Lyrics - A RODEO DOWN IN TOKYO... ???

A Rodeo Down In Tokyo And A Round Up In Old Berlin Lyrics:
C'mon Bill, C'mon Joe
Grab your gun and off we go
To fight those dirty rats across the sea
Grab your saddle off the rack
Put it on your pony's back
And we'll brand those ratzes with a "V"
Remember we need each hand
To ride for his Uncle Sam

|: We'll have a rodeo down in Tokyo
and a round up in old Berlin
We'll rope'm, we'll run'em, we'll bomb'em, and gun'em
When the Yanks go marching in
We'll hog-tie old Hitler, and all of his crew
We'll bulldog old Tokyo and then
We'll have a rodeo down in Tokyo
and a round up in old Berlin :|
 

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Lyrics - GOODBYE MAMA... ???

Johnny was a soldier boy who never looked for scraps
But this young buckaroo
Was Yankee thru and thru
Then Johnny heard our country called to arms against the Japs
And as he marched away
His buddies heard him say

Goodbye mama
I'm off to Yokohama
For the red, white, and blue
My country and you.
Goodbye mama
I'm off to Yokohama
Just to teach all those Japs
The Yanks are no saps
A million fightin' sons-of-Uncle Sam, if you please
Will soon have all those Japs right down on their Japa-knees
So goodbye mama
I'm off to Yokohama
For my country, my flag, and you.

Goodbye to mama.
We're off to Yokohama.
So be brave and be strong,
You won't be gone long.
Goodbye bye-bye mama,
The land of Yama-Yama,
Until April, I guess,
Will be our address.
Tell dad I plan a big surprise, nobody knows
I'll bring him back a Jap valet to care for his clothes
Goodbye mama
I'm off to Yokohama
For my country, my flag, and you.

We're learning jujitsu, where you kick with the feet
We'll Kick'em in their Tokyo and watch'em retreat








Goodbye mama I'm off to Yokohama For the red, white, and blue My country and you. Goodbye mama I'm off to Yokohama Just to teach all those Japs The Yanks are no saps A million fightin' sons-of-Uncle Sam, if you please Will soon have all those Japs right down on their Japa-knees So goodbye mama I'm off to Yokohama For my country, my flag, and you. Say Goodbye to mama. You're off to Yokohama. So be brave and be strong, You won't be gone long. Say bye-bye mama, The land of Yama-Yama, Until April, I guess, Will be your address. On Christmas Eve when dad and I are trimming the tree, You'll do your share of trimming out on land and on sea. Say goodbye to mama, You're off to Yokohama, For your country, your flag and me. Goodbye mama, I'm off to Yokohama For the red, white, and blue, My country and you. Goodbye mama, I'm off to Yokohama Just to teach all those Japs The Yanks are no saps. A million fightin' sons-of-Uncle Sam, if you please Will soon have all those Japs right down on their Japa-knees. Goodbye mama, I'm off to Yokohama, For my country, my flag, and you.
 
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