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Military Jodies?

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IF A LADY'S WEARIN' PANTALOONS
I'LL TELL YOU WHERE THEY ARE
JODY CHANT (SOUND OFF 2)
JUST BEFORE THE BATTLE MOTHER 2
SOUND OFF (CADENCE COUNT) (DUCKWORTH CHANT)


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Subject: Military Jodies?
From: Nonie Rider
Date: 26 Sep 97 - 05:38 PM

(Sorry to still be asking dumb newcomer questions)

Has anyone collected or discussed jodies, the unofficial military marching chants?

Most of the people I know seem to have run into variants of the left/right gingerbread repeater:

Left. Left.
I LEFT my WIFE and FORTy-nine KIDS
In a STARVing conDITion withOUT any GINGerbread,
HOPE I did RIGHT. RIGHT.
RIGHT for my COUNtry, by GOLLy,
I HAD a good JOB and I LEFT.
Left. Left. (repeat endlessly)

And most of us have heard the tagline "Napalm sticks to kids!" but no memorable verses to match. A friend also sung me another old one (with an actual TUNE) about the appropriate distribution of a keg of beer through the squadron, but I never got her to write it down.

So, is this stuff all discussed somewhere I shoulda looked, or does anyone have input?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Sep 97 - 05:32 AM

I never heard them referred to as "jodies," Nonie, but it certainly is an appropriate name. Search the database under "Jody" and you'll get two variations of the Duckworth Chant (Sound Off). Vaughn Monroe made a hit of that one in the early 1950's, and I've been looking for a CD recording of it - so far, no luck.
-Joe Offer-
    I found it - it's on a compilation called The Very Best of Vaughn Monroe. It was a difficult quest, because I wanted to find a song that had "Duckworth" and didn't have most of the songs that are on the other Vaughn Monroe compilation that I already had.
    -Joe Offer, 26 Sept 04-


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Sep 97 - 02:55 PM

Oh, and in answer to your question, I don't think this subject has been discussed here before, and it might make a very interesting thread. The only "jodies" I'm familiar with are the Duckworth Chant, and what I learned in Basic Training. Most of THOSE I wouldn't recite in mixed company, but I think there are some that are quite clever.
I dropped out of a Roman Catholic seminary in 1970, and lost my "divinity student" draft exemption. I considered filing as a Conscientious Objector; but at the time, I could not say that I was completely opposed to all war in all circumstances. I've moved a little closer to complete pacifism in my old age. Even at the age of 21, though, I had trouble shouting out,
I want to be an Airborne Ranger
I want to live a life of danger
I want to go to Viet Nam
I want to kill old Charlie Cong
I didn't want to kill anybody. I'm sure glad they sent me to Berlin, where I worked as a German linguist.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 27 Sep 97 - 09:52 PM

I once read a marching song, translated from the Latin, sung or chanted by the legions of the famous Scipio Africanus. The complaint was that they did all the fighting, while all the wine and women were for Scipio Africanus.

I'll see if I can find it again, as it was rather funny.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Barry
Date: 27 Sep 97 - 10:10 PM

A Lomax. R Abrahams both have collections & George Carey, in the Journal of American Folklore #77 (Jan.-March 1965) "A Collection Of Airborne Cadence Chants" & Bruce Jackson # 80 (Oct-Dec 1967) all refering to 'Jody" or Joe the (de-Jody) Grinder. He also appears in Bruce Jacksons collection of prison worksongs (see Jody).

Ain't no use in writting home ya, ya,,, ya,ya Jody got your girl an gone ya,ya,,,,ya,ya,

Ain't no use in feeling blue ya,ya,,,,ya,ya Jody got your sister too ya,ya,,,ya,ya,

R Abrahams claims Jody, in his many variants was sung by all Afro-American outfits in WWII.In that culture Jody is the culpirt who is left alone, behind with the women folk & not to be trusted, he is a threat and he's very convincing (hence the Grinder). Barry Finn


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: alison
Date: 28 Sep 97 - 12:27 AM

Hi

Here's one care of Bart Simpson,

We are happy, we are merry, We've got a rhyming dictionary, Sound off........................

slainte

Alison


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: dani
Date: 28 Sep 97 - 04:32 PM

Funny you should mention this today... I just yesterday read this term for the first time in a newspaper column. The writer used the term 'Jody' to describe a guy from a Marine base's morale and rec department who had an affair with a Marine who was overseas. My life is one giant confluence of ephemera!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Speed-1
Date: 28 Sep 97 - 05:21 PM

Will check with my husband,the former sailor.I seem to recall some interesting little ditties. I do remember one of hisdrill instructor's favorite instructions to exhort the troops to line up properly. The general wording was:

"Nuts to butts, gentlemen. Nuts to butts. Make that man in front of you SMILE!"

I don't know what that means :^)

Speed


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
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Date: 28 Sep 97 - 08:06 PM

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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: BBJ
Date: 29 Sep 97 - 11:28 AM

I went through training at Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL in 1969, under the care and tutelage of Marine DI's. We used the term "Jody Call" and the informal leader was the "Jody Call Body". I owned the title for several months, more on the strength of a strong voice than an encyclopedic knowledge of calls. The calls were much like Sea Shanties in structure and purpose. One common format was to have each line echoed by the column. A local favorite example was:

I don't know but I been told (echo) Navy wings are made of gold. (echo) I don't know but I heard it said (echo) Air Force wings are made of lead. (echo) Sound off etc.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Nonie Rider
Date: 29 Sep 97 - 12:17 PM

'S certainly true too that a lot of Jodies are improvised on the spot. I was once at a sing with Bob Asprin (AKA Yang the Nauseating), when he'd had just enough Tullamore Dew that he started reminiscing about leading long marches. He gave us over half an hour of invented-on-the-spot Jody, without pauses, just to prove he could do it.

(A great guy to listen to, as long as you don't want to get in a song edgewise yourself...)

--Nonie


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Bert
Date: 29 Sep 97 - 12:22 PM

Back in the sixties Frankie Howerd had a TV show called "Up Pompei" where he was a slave during the days of the Roman Empire. On one episode he was conscripted into the Roman army and was marching along to the chant of

Sinister - Dexter, Sinister - Dexter.....


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
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Date: 29 Sep 97 - 02:16 PM

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Date: 29 Sep 97 - 02:17 PM

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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Eric Berge
Date: 30 Sep 97 - 03:25 AM

Lancer Militaria (PO Box 886, Mt. Ida, Arkansas 71957 USA Tel. 501 867-2232), who mainly deal in military books, also carry a number of tapes and CDs, all military music of one sort or another. I believe that as of the last music catalog I saw from them they had a number of tapes of US military cadence calls - can't find the catalog at the moment, but I'm sure they would be happy to send you one if you were to call.

I highly recommend the set of Bobby Horton Civil War songs that they sell, BTW.

Eric Berge edberge@ibm.net


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Justin
Date: 02 Oct 97 - 09:50 AM

I was another drafted conscientious objector, but during the Korean "Conflict". We sang a lot of Jodi. I don't know how much I can remember, but I can say that there were 2 tunes (chant styles?). One style was done in the movie "Battleground" and was recorded as "Sound Off".

That one had verses like:

I don't know but I believe, I'll be home by Christmas Eve.

I don't know but I been told North Korea's mighty cold.

Raise your head and learn this song Our CO's a real ding dong.

Each followed by:

(call) Sound off, (answer) One two (call) Sound off! (answer) three four (call) Cadence count. (answer) One two three four...one two...three four!

If the other call style was given, the answer rhythm was different:

You had a good home but you left! (answer) You're RIGHT! You wanna' go back, but you can't (answer) You're RIGHT! Jodi was there when you left! (answer) You're RIGHT!

(call) You ain't callin' home, Jodi's on the phone, He's got your wife an' shack, He's got your Cadillac.

(answer) One two three four...one two three four...one two!...three four!.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 02 Oct 97 - 01:23 PM

I believe, but can't be sure, that the Jody chants were popularized during WWII by black troops at Fort Duckworth. Cadence chants had been around much longer, but were generally pretty square rythmically; apparently the black troops were given more freedom in jazzing things up.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 02 Oct 97 - 06:49 PM

Did anyone in the actual military every use the "twenty-eight children in starving condition with nothing but gingerbread left" cadence?

I learned the second line of the "Airborne Ranger" one (from ROTC students at Princeton in the early 80s) as "I want a life of sex and danger." However, student folklore also included a parody of Joe Offer's version:

I want to be an econ major,
I want to live a life of ease.
My thesis is a thirty-pager.
Gee, this department's such a breeze!

Does this tune sound to anybody else like a slight simplification of a tune from Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto?

At MIT, I'm told, the ROTC cadets used to and may still chant, "One, two, three, four,/ One, two three four we bad!" (This was also in the early 80s.) Then the residents of the French House started chanting, "Un, deux, trois, quatre,/ Un, deux trois quatre nous mauvais!" This word-for-word translation somehow doesn't have the same feel, but it did lead to the useful expression "nous mauve" for people who are impressed with themselves. (Not that I know any.)


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Oct 97 - 04:23 AM

OK, so we've identified three basic melodies so far, I think:
Sound Off
The Jody (Duckworth) Chant
-and-
Piano concerto No. 5, "Emperor," by Ludwig Van Beethoven (Airborne Ranger)

I have to say, Jerry, that I never once thought of Beethoven in Baxic Training, but I guess I do see a relationship between "Airborne Ranger" and the beginning of the "Emperor" Concerto, the part that goes,
DAH deedle-dee-deDAH DAH DAH DAH!!-or-
I wanna be an AIR - BORNE RAN - GER!!!!

If you sang it with the exact Beethoven melody, maybe you could get a psychiatric discharge.....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: gargoyle
Date: 05 Oct 97 - 11:40 PM

In southern Cal. early 60's, one of the sounds offs was...

"Left my gal in Pasa-dean - with 16 kids and bag of beans."

one Jody dealt with the "Puddle-Pirate Coastguard."


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Nonie Rider
Date: 07 Oct 97 - 05:47 PM

I wish I could nail down the scraps of the beer song; some standard tune, about having one keg of beer for the whole unit, and how that was a pity because any one of them could drink all of it, ending with:

Pass the BEER! To the REAR! Of the SQUADron!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 30 Jun 98 - 02:52 PM

Recently at the Mystic Sea Music Fest. the Buckingham Lining Bar Gang show how they would straighten out track. They formed a line, of maybe 5 men between the 2 rails facing one rail, all in the same direction another 5 men on the outside track, facing the same way as the others, they'd all take their bars side them under the track, one man between each tie with a bar jimmying the track inches at a time. The songs they used were the same as these chants. The caller would sing the song first so every one would know what they were working to, the;

Ain't no use in writing home (all would lift on home)
Jody got your girl an gone (all would lift on gone)

the lifting would only be enough to move the track an inch or two at a time. The song "Lining Track" could be sung in this "Jody" style, if sung the way it's famous the movements mould have to happen durning the chours rather than durning the verse. What a performance, thought I'd share it. Barry


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Barbara
Date: 30 Jun 98 - 03:51 PM

My Dad, who was in WWII, used the 'Gingerbread' chant:
I LEFT my wife and forty-eight children
At home in bed in starving condition
With nothing but gingerbread LEFT * LEFT * LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT.
And, Nonie, if you're still around, the beer song goes:
Glorious, glorious,
One keg of beer just for the four of us
Glory be to God that there are no more of us
For one of us could drink it all alone
And then you sang Drink,(4x) Drank(4X) Drunk(4x) and a snore or a barf or whatever...
It could have been a marching song, it's got a strong 4/4 beat, but it just as easily could have been a drinking song, with chugging on the last part.
Blessings,
Barbara Seems like I remember this as part of a medeley, maybe of Jolly Bunch of Coconuts, or


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Brad
Date: 01 Jul 98 - 12:05 AM

Currently being in the Army, I can state that the term "Jody Call" is still in use, but "cadence" is the more common term. There are two basic types: marching (quicktime) and running (double time,) and they aren't generally interchangeable. The mentioned "I wanna be an Airborne Ranger" is a running cadence, as are most of the calls about Jody. Another common thread. "One...Two...Three and a quarter, I got a date with the General's daughter - or - wish I had some scotch and water. A different type of running cadence is used as soldiers become winded during a long run: the caller sings verses while the formation echos a sings a single phrase as separation. Example:

Woke up about a quarter to three! Hard work, work! Little girl it was you and me! Hard work, work! Woke up about a quarter to four! Hard work, work! With the First Sergeant at my door! Etc.

A good caller can adlib this type indefinitely, using common couplet strings from other cadences:

Put me in a barber's chair, spun me round I had no hair...

Nine to the front and six to the rear, that's the way we do it here...

Issued me a hand grenade, should have seen the mess I made...

Use to drive a Cadillac, now I hump it on my back...

A common marching cadence: Hey, Hey, Captain Ja-ack (soldiers echo) Meet me down by the railroad track. (echo) With that rifle in my hand (echo) I'm gonna be a shootin' man (echo)

Hey, Hey, Captain Ja-ack (echo) Meet me down by the railroad track (echo) With that bayonet in my hand (echo) I'm gonna be a stabbin' man (echo) ...a shootin' man (echo)

Etc.

As the Army becomes more politically correct, the cadences have become more tame, both sexually and with respect to violence. Most senior commanders either forbid or discourage singing cadences that refer to sex or are too gory (napalm sticks to kids). I know some pretty funny ones if anyone is interested, but won't bother unless there is a request.

Brad


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: JVZ
Date: 01 Jul 98 - 01:18 AM

It was generally called cadence back in the sixties also. Jody was a catch-all name for the guys back on the block who was dating your girl, working at your job, and/or generally living the life from which you had been so rudely removed.

However, much of the cadence of my era (and, I assume, others as well) was pulled from the popular music of the time. For example, a Vietnam cadence was done to the tune of "Poison Ivy"

They say there is a pla-ace
A-Way across the sea
That's where they wanna bury me-ee-ee-ee-ee.
In Vietna-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahm
Vietna-ah-ah-ah-ah-ahm
Late at night when your sleepin'
Charlie Kong comes a creepin'
All arou-ou-ou-ou-ound, Vietnam.

Also there was that Airborn ditty done to Bo Diddly's Bo Diddly

Bo Diddly, Bo Diddly, Have you heard?
I'm gonna jump from a big iron bird.
Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door,
Jump right out and count to four.
If that chute don't open wide,
I got another one by my side.
And if that spare don't open wide,
Guess I'm in for a hell of a ride.
Lay my arms across my chest,
Tell the girls I did my best.

There were probably others.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: toadfrog
Date: 18 May 01 - 11:45 PM

I was mustered out of the service just about 2 weeks Before the First Infantry Division went into Viet Nam. The version we sang included these verses, which supply the title to Tim O'Brien's
classic war novel:

If I die in a combat zone;
Box me up and send me home.
Bury me just six feet deep,
Put cross rifles at my feet.
Fold my arms across my chest,
And tell my mom I did my best.

Sound it off
One, two!
Hit it again
Three, four!
Bring 'er on down!
One two three four, one, two--three four.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: artbrooks
Date: 19 May 01 - 12:32 AM

As I recall, that one said (or maybe this was an alternative version):

If I die in the old drop zone, Box me up and send me home. Pin my wings upon my breast and bury me in the leaning rest.

Another one that I remember went as follows, and refered to those people popularly known as REMFs:

I want to be an Airborne Ranger...FINANCE! I want to live a life of danger...FINANCE! I want to play with the Army's money...FINANCE! I want to be a rich lieutenant...FINANCE!

This was also a running call, and the call leader "sang" the verse and the rest of the unit shouted the chorus.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: gnu
Date: 19 May 01 - 08:03 AM

Brad... I would love to hear some of the funny ones.

Well, this IS PI ( so read on at YOUR OWN RISQUE ) but since the ladies, ahem, in my university engineering classes wrote it and performed it at a smoker - yes, they attended smokers - here goes. I can only remember one verse...

We are the girls of engineering Tough as nails and not endearing We just love to take a licking Smells like fish and tastes like chicken


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 19 May 01 - 08:40 AM

I saw the comment above from Joe Offer (in '97) about "mixed company." I was in the Air Force, and except for basic training and technical school, we didn't sing much. The Army and Marines did, however. I was sent to an Army technical school in '81, along with a few Marines and Navy guys, and we marched everywhere - also did PT (physical training) in formation. Imagine us, jogging along in formation at 5:30AM with our Marine Viet Nam vet cadence caller, past the officers' housing, loudly singing songs with every four-letter word you can imagine.

He was told to tone it down. As a result, we sang a lot of verses including the word "bleep," and he added a few about officers sleeping late and generally (no pun intended) being wusses.

While many songs and verses have been forgotton, there are loads of new ones. This isn't a dead tradition, and the songs are ripe for collecting. I've been places where I wished I had the time and equipment to collect songs, but it would have required me to run behind the guys carrying a tape recorder. I didn't feel that this was something that sounded like fun...


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Chicken Charlie
Date: 19 May 01 - 04:33 PM

Couth this ain't.

My own era has just about been covered. Just add

Bo Diddly, Bo Diddly, where you been,
Round the world and back again.

I think we got all the jody's too, but in case we missed any, I remember:

Ain't no use in lookin down;
Ain't no discharge on the ground. ----------------goin' home;
Jody's got your gal and gone. ----------------lookin' back;
Jody's got your Cadillac.

WW II era, to the tune of "Madamoiselle from Armentriers"

M. from A., parley vous? (x2) M. from A. has not been kissed for twenty years. (x2) Inky-dinky, parley vous.

Same pattern, with necessary repeats:

They say this is a mechanized war, par....
What in the Hell are we walking for?

The Second Lieutenant carries a pack, par ....
We hope to Hell it breaks his back.

There was also (RVN era) a long one to the tune of "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." The jump school version was

In her hair, she wore a yellow ribbon,
Wore it in the springtime and in the month of May.
And if you asked her why the Hell she wore it,
She wore it for her sweetheart who was far, far away. Far away! Far away!
She wore it for her sweetheart who was far, far away.

Around the block, she pushed the baby carriage, Pushed it in the springtime and in the month of May.
And if you asked her why the Hell she pushed it,
She pushed it for her sweetheart who was far, far away.

Something was subbed for "an in the month of May" to rhyme with "She wore it for her sweetheart in the airborne infantry."

A friend of mine came up with an old German one--old like from Bismarck days. Phonetically:

Zicke, Zacke, jup hei dee!
Schneidig ist die infantrie.

Free translation: "Ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay! The Infantry is snappy." Funny thing is there is a US Civ War song about a bugler that has a nonsense chorus including "Jup hei dee." I suspect that one of the Teutons who made up about 20% of der Union Army brought that from der old country. Ja.

Horton is a good source, but "military music" isn't coterminous with jody cadences.

CC


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 19 May 01 - 04:42 PM

Ain't no use to sit and hope
Jodie's smoked up all your dope


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Wotcha
Date: 19 May 01 - 06:57 PM

Hooah!
There are tapes of this stuff out there ... but the lyrics and tunes vary according to who happens to be leading the calls.
I've gotten away with a modern version of "Gassed Last Night" (you can work a cadence out of it) for the last 23 years ... now I am just waiting for an opportunity to do John Kanaka ...
Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 19 May 01 - 08:20 PM

Wotcha, have you ever tried
"There she was, just a-walkin' down the street
Singin' doo-wah-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-do"
a la Stripes? Always thought that one was made for marching.

Just remembered something that went something like:
Hey, ho, diddley-bop
I wish I was back on the block


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Hollowfox
Date: 21 May 01 - 10:41 AM

No surprise, there's also a book out; I found it when I should have been looking up something else, of course. It's: "Cadences: the jody call book, no.1" edited by Sandee Shaffer Johnson. Canton, Ohio: Daring Press, 1983. ISBN 0938936115 It's probably out of print, but the ISBN sometimes helps in getting interlibrary loans. I remember it being a good book on the subject.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 21 May 01 - 03:42 PM

Gee, I must be the very Jody they all sing about.
Anyway, the only one I remember that had my name in it was from basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Tex in the winter of 1947-48, and it went.....

You had a good home and you left...YOU'RE RIGHT
You want to go home but you can't.....YOU'RE RIGHT
JODY was there when you left.....YOU'RE RIGHT
JODY was there when you left.....YOU'RE RIGHT
Aint no sense in goin' home, JODY's got you're gal and gone
Hip oh hop oh wring out the mop
Oh left oh right oh left.

Joe Offer: I have the sheet music for Vaughn Monroe's version of "Sound off", do you want it?

The Armed Forces were still segregated in 1947 Integration by executive order of (God Bless Him) Harry Truman came later. I suppose that what I'm going to relate now went with segregation. (I'll still take integration anyday)

Whenever we were drilling in the same general area as the Black troops were, our drill instructor would give us a break so we could watch learn and listen. I don't suppose this is "Politcally correct" to relate this, but it is nevertheless true that the Black troops were one hell of a lot better at close order drill than the rest of us were, and the 4 part harmonies they sang were,to say the least, beautiful to the ear. One song sticks in my mind, and I guess there were hundreds of verses to this thing. It is basically, the song, "Raise a Ruckus Tonight" with verses that you won't find in any published version of this song. Here're two examples

The lines that are typed like this were sung solo by the drill instructor and the lines ALL IN CAPS WERE SUNG IN 4 PART HARMONY BY THE ENTIRE FLIGHT.

I got a gal in San Antone RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
She don't like to sleep alone RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
Oh won't you COME ALONG, LITTLE CHILLUN COME ALONG
(Bass solo) Oh, Lordy, WHILE THE MOON IS SHININ' BRIGHT
(Bass solo)Shinin' bri i i ight GET ON BOARD DOWN THAT RIVER ROAD
(Bass solo) we're gonna RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT

(D.I. solo) I got a gal in do-wa-diddy. RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT
She's got freckles on her tittyRAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT. ETC. ETC. ETC.

a fond memory, but a very small price to pay for integration.

Jody Gibson


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: CRANKY YANKEE
Date: 21 May 01 - 03:48 PM

It occurs to me that "Paddy Lay Back" the capstan chantey, would be a dandy marching song for navy boot camp.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 22 May 01 - 12:48 AM

The Firesign Theatre did a satirical Jody song. "You ain't got no friends on the Left (Your Right!)..." Something like that. CarolC, where are you to fill in the blanks here?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Banjer
Date: 22 May 01 - 06:20 AM

When we would be marching past the barracks of another unit during basic our DI would usually initiate a cadence not at all complimetary to them.

If I had a low IQ I could be in Signal too!
Sound off, one, two, cadence count
One,...two,...three,...four
One, two, three four.

The word signal (indicating signal corps) would be replaced with whatever the units specialty was. We ahd Airborne, MP's and Vehicle Maintenance barracks in our area and no one escaped the cadence 'salutes'. Not to turn this into anything racial, but I always enjoyed when our black Di's would lead us because they had a much better rhythm and usually a better quality voice, which made keeping in time much easier. Let's face it, they's good!!

All kidding aside, some of the most important lessons we learned in basic were taught to us by some of those black Drill Instructors. It is hard to measure or imagine how many GI's lives were saved by the lessons taught from their firsthand experiences in combat situations. I have always admired those guys. With Memorial Day drawing near, it would do us all good to remember they invaluable service they provided.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: LR Mole
Date: 22 May 01 - 12:34 PM

Firesign Theatre thing ended with, on descending notes: "hound dog, tree frog, coon town...asswipe!" Densely layered stuff, in there.
Bruce Dern character calls the Jon Voight character a "f--ing Jody f--k" in his what-did-I-come-back-for scene in "Coming Home". I was, I think, the only non-vet in the theatre who noticed it when the thing showed. Boy, Jane Fonda has a few things to answer for, hmm?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: mousethief
Date: 22 May 01 - 12:47 PM

I have a book of jodies at home which was given to me when I was in NROTC at the University of Washington in the early 1980's. PM me if you're interested in having me look at what's there and report back to you.

Here's one I learned from my ex-wife (not sure where she learned it, but both her father and mother were in the Marine Corps, her father in WW2):

I don't know but I've been told
Naked people ain't got no clothes
If they tried to put them on
Naked people would all be gone
Sound off (etc.)

Alex


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: mousethief
Date: 22 May 01 - 12:53 PM

Wrote this one myself whilst in Sea Scouts. Note that you have to syncopate the beat in the middle or you end up shouting the wrong foot.

The boat took off with me on the dock YOUR LEFT! YOUR LEFT!
Ninety-nine miles is a long way to walk YOUR RIGHT! YOUR RIGHT!

Alex


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: LR Mole
Date: 22 May 01 - 12:56 PM

Forgot this: don't know if the melody was around, but the 20th Maine used to say "
Now I lay me down to sleep
In mud that's twenty fathoms deep
If I should die before I wake
Just dig me up with an oyster rake
So says a book I read about the Unpleasantness.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 22 May 01 - 05:54 PM

Anybody else think the tune to Sound Off sounds like Hogeye Man?

We had a whole bunch of verses our cadence caller had made up just to harrass the officers we parked next to in PT. We'd make sure to get there after them, so they'd have to listen. (Not "legal" to sing when you aren't marching.) They did eventually get even, but it was still a lot of fun.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 11:48 AM

I knew an Army Sargeant once, he'd be about 100 if he were alive today, who claimed that Jody was a black DI from the turn of the century. He was something of a historian so he might be right.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: SDShad
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 12:03 PM

When my sister was at training camp for ROTC officer candidates, she told me they occasionally used The Who's "Magic Bus" as a running Jody. Creative bunch. Got some funny looks from older officers, though....

Chris


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 12:10 PM

I had a talking one I used to do - it was more of a sermon done in cadence routine. And it was made up all the way. It had to do with God loving the Grunts because God is into puzzles and the Grunts send him lots of those. Sort of a Talkin Blues routine. We loved it and the officers struggled!! Much to our delight.

Then we did "Old King Cole was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he (troops echoed this)
He called for his pipe, And he called for his bowl, And he called for his Private's three.(troops echoed this)
Beer - beer - beer yelled the privates
Merry men are we
We'll drink the beer
and make with cheer
On a three day liberty." (If the unit knew the call this part was sung with the Drill Instructor - Otherwise it was an echo).

This went on up to a General if you wanted.

As a former Marine I can also tell you that the melodic cadence calls of The Marines are the very best ever devised. I can still do them and they are just plain fun. No way to spell what comes out.

Haven't thought about some of this for a while - Kewl

Steve


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: MMario
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 12:13 PM

interesting story


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 09 Jan 02 - 06:11 PM

We picked up one of these, some of which has appeared above.
Airborne airborne all the way,
Airborne airborne night and day.

Hey there brother have you heard,,br. We're gonna jump from an iron bird,
C130 on the strip,
Ready to take us on a one way trip.

Airborne.
All the way,
Airborne,
Easy
Airborne Airborne all the way
Airborne airborne night and day

Red light on stand at the door,
Green light jump count up to 4
Red on
Green on
Wheres the new guy,
New guys fainted
He aint airborne
All the way,
Airborne etc

If my chute dont open wide,
I got another one by my side,
And if that chute dont open wide,
Gonna spread my body on the countryside

Air borne
All the way etc

If I should fall on the battle zone,
Box me up and send me home,
Pin my wings upon my chest,
Tell my girl I done my best.

Airborne All the way etc.

I earned and still wear US wings.
All the way,
Keith


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Wotcha
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 10:12 AM

Airborne!
Hooah!
Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 11:09 AM

Jody's were "discouraged" in my coompany in Basic Training. Occasionally we'd get to hear other companies singing out. In Advanced Training I heard many more. The concept of taking some popular song and using it as a Jody was certainly alive and well. I remember

The prettiest girl, THE PRETTIEST GIRL

I ever saw, I EVER SAW.

Was sippin' so-....

Da through a straw. ....

THE PRETTIEST GIRL I EVER SAW, WAS SIPPIN' SODA THROUGH A STRAW.

This pattern was followed to the end of the song. Also "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" was done in this call and response style.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Amos
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 12:13 PM

Drunk last night,
Drunk the night before
Gonna get drunk tonight,
Like I never been drunk before!
'Cuz when I'm drunk, I'm as happy as can be
For I beeeeelong to the [unit name here] Infantry!

OOHHHH,

Glorious! Glorious!
One keg o'beer for the four of us!
Praise be to Gawd there's no more of us,
'Cuz one of us could drink it all alone....


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe_F
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 09:31 PM

I have no military experience, but my impression from casual reading is that "Jody" is short for "Jody Grinder", a corruption of "Joe the Grinder", a nickname for the man who is carrying on with your woman while you are in the army (or prison).


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: toadfrog
Date: 12 Jan 02 - 11:26 PM

That is the concept, all right. But how do you know that "Jody Grinder" is older? There is also a "Jody" prison song; see "Wake up Dead Man," which was Rounder Record 2013 (1965) and doubtless is now a CD.

By the way, a first-rate disk, the best. I saw a film made in the same location, same songs, at the 1970 World Folk Festival. I believe it was introduced by Pete Seeger in person, although memory may be playing tricks on me.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Hrothgar
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 05:45 AM

Chicken Charlie

Extra verse for "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"

Behind the door her father keeps a shotgun
He keeps it in the springtime and in the month of May
And if you ask her why the hell he keeps it
He keeos it for a (fill in your choice) who is far, far, away!

And something I learned in the Boy Scouts:

I had a good job for twenty-five bob
I kicked the manager in the gob
And I LEFT! I LEFT! I LEFT! RIGHT! LEFT!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Deckman
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 07:17 AM

Interesting thread! I went to Army basic at Fort Ord in the mid 50's ... that's 1950's folks ... NOT 1850's (I was still fighting the civil war in the 1850's). As another poster mentioned, a strong voice was needed for Jodys. It wasn't long before the drill sargents thought I could be heard from the rear ranks in those long, long marches. After a little practice, I thought, "Hey this is neat! My own chain gang." Before long I was became populiar for my wise and witty words. Also, before long, I got more clever than smart! Gawd I hate to peel potatoes even today!. Bob


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 12:22 PM

Amos, your Drink Last Night was sung by Brit troops in WW1 as a song. Other verses,
    Gassed last night and gassed the night before,
    Gonna be gassed tonight if we never get gassed no more,
    And when we're gassed, we're sick as we can be,
    Cos phosgene and mustard gas is much too much for me.
    They're warning us they're warning us,
    One respirator for the four of us,
    Thank your lucky stars that 3 of us can run,
    Bombed last night and bombed the night before,
    Gonna be bombed tonight if we never get bombed no more,
    They're over us they're over us,
    One shell hole for just the 4 of us,
    thank your lucky stars there are nomore of us,
    Cos one of us could fill it on his own.

    Sound off,
Keith.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 07:53 PM

I don't know that the longer forms are older; it's merely a plausible guess on my part. I did see the phrase "'Joe the Grinder' stories" in a booklet (for conscientious objectors) on how to do time in prison, ca. 1953.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Muskrat
Date: 13 Jan 02 - 08:33 PM

Johnny Taylor, a popular rhythm and blues singer, had a string of "Jody" songs (not using the cadence count formula, but clearly the same woman-stealing protagonist) in the '60s-'70s: "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" and "Standing in for Jody" were the hits, but there were others.


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Subject: RE: jodies/cadences
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Dec 02 - 10:54 PM

The US Army is now using cadences as part of its recruiting propaganda.

Go to Basic Training: Week 03 and then click on CADENCE JUKEBOX in the lower right corner.

The "jukebox" popped up while I was looking at some other music website; I think it was Artist Direct.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 06:40 PM

I HAVE ONE THAT WAS MADE UP TWO SUMMERS AGO BY ONE OF MY FRIENDS


COKE CADENCE COKE CADENCE COKE CADENCE COKE

-C-
IN A BOTTLE
-O-
IN A CAN
-K-
WISH I HAD ONE
-E-
IN MY HAND

-C-O-K-E- -C-O-K-E- A COKE A COKE AN ICY COLD COKE *TSS AHHH*
(YOU HAVE TO PRETEND TO POP OFF THE LID AND DRINK AT THE END OF IT)


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 02:35 AM

I found these lyrics here and verified them with the recording.


Sound Off (Duckworth Chant)
traditional - version by Vaughn Monroe, 1951

Hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub

The heads are up
The chests are out
The arms are swinging
In cadence count
Sound off (sound off)
Sound off (sound off)
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
Let's go back and count some more
Sound off (sound off)
Sound off (sound off)
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

I had a good home, but I left (you're right)
I had a good home, but I left (you're right)
Jody was there, when I left (you're right)
Jody was there, when I left (you're right)
Sound off (1-2)
Sound off (3-4)
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

I left gal away out west
I thought this army life was best
Now she's someone else's wife
And I'll be marchin' the rest of my life
Sound off (1-2)
Sound off (3-4)
1-2, 3-4
2, (2-3-4)
1-2-3-4, (1-2, 3-4)

The captain rides in a jeep
The seargent rides in a truck
The general rides in a limousine
But we're just out of luck
Sound off
Sound off
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

Hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub
The heads are up
The chests are out
The arms are swinging
In cadence count
Sound off (sound off)
Sound off (sound off)
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
And let's go back and count some more
Sound off
Sound off
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)

(1-2, 3-4)
(1-2, 3-4)
(1-2, 3-4)
Company halt
(1-2, 3-4)

I don't know if it's accurate or not, but this (click) is an interesting version and explanation.
Also take a look at The Cadence Page.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 03:19 AM

Re: Latin marching songs, post from Tim Jaques.

These songs were sometimes recorded by Roman historians in their reports of triumphs, in former times a religious ceremony celebrating a victory. The imperator (supreme commander) was dressed and painted [sic!] red, drove on a cart to the Temple of Jupiter, followed by carts full of trophies, and behind marched his army singing bawdy songs about their commander.

The song for C. Julius Caesar runs:
    Caius Caesar nunc triumphat,
    qui subegit Galliam.
    Nicomedes non triumphat
    qui subegit Caesarem.

    Cesar now has his triumph
    for subjecting Gaul.
    Nicomedes hasn't,
    although he had Cesar under him.
    [Free translation]
(Nicomedes was king of Bithynia, and to the glee of Rome Cesar fulfilled his duties as a special envoy sometimes in bed with Nicomedes.)
Change the Russian tune "Stenka Razin" from 3/4 to 4/4, and you have a fitting tune.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,H.B. Carlisle
Date: 26 Oct 04 - 08:52 PM

I was in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and remember some Jodies
not used for marching....for instance, the troops are out for reveille
formation....

"Report!"
"Sir! One man in the latrine, two in the canteen, and one a them
guys I ain't NEVER seen!'

At one time the Commanding General at Fort Chaffee outlawed Jodie marching, because of obscene lyrics.

In the 1960s the US Air Force had a Jodie Drill Team. I went to see them. They had a big black sergeant who sang out the commands in great Rhythm and Blues style.....

.....Hey, everybody! Tell me how do you do?
    Hey everybody! Tell me how do you do?
    Well, the Jodie Drill Team is here to welcome you!

I remember they put on a great show. The footwork was something to see. Only the Air Force had such a unit.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,a friend
Date: 18 Nov 04 - 11:49 AM

Mamma Mamma cant you see
(repeat)
what the army's done to me
(repeat)
took away my good of man
(repeat)
and now i sleep with uncle sam
(repeat)
woooooooah woah woah
wooooooooooooah woah woah
count cadence count.
cant remember the secon verse sorry!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 06:46 PM

Where can i get pictures of the Jody Drill Team?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Dec 04 - 01:51 PM

Hey if anybody can find a funnier version of "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" please e-mail it to me. LilBoi913@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Dec 04 - 03:13 PM

Jody calls appeared in a WWII movie for the first time in "Battleground" (1949), set in Dec. 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. A ridiculously young James Whitmore is the leader. (Not a bad film for its day.)

Solo: Hut hup areep hor! Hut hup areep hor!
      

        Solo: They signed you up for the length of the war!
        Cho:   I never had it so good before!
        Solo: The best you'll get in a bivouac
        Cho:   Is a whiff of cologne from a passing WAC!

        [Similarly:]        Sound off!
                       One two!
                       Sound off!
                       Three four!
                       Cadence count!
                One, two, three, four, one, two?Three four!

                 There ain't no use in goin' back
                 Jody's livin' in your shack!
                 Jody's got somethin' you ain't got!
                 It's been so long, I almost forgot!

                 Sound off! [etc.]

                 If I die in the combat zone
                 Box me up and ship me home!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 14 May 06 - 10:24 PM

For those interested in the source of the lyrics of military cadences, here's an example of a military cadence that has the similar "when I die..bury me deep" line as a song that was included in Thomas W. Talley's 1922 book "Negro Folk Rhymes".

C-130

C-130 rolling down the strip
Airborne daddy on a one way trip
Mission uncertain, destination unknown
We don't know if we're ever coming home
Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door
Jump right out and count to four
If my main don't open wide
I got another one by my side
If that one should fail me too
Look out ground I'm coming through
Slip to the right and slip to the left
Slip on down, do a PLF
Hit the drop zone with my feet apart
Legs in my stomach and feet in my heart
If I die on the old drop zone
Box me up and ship me home
Pin my wings upon my chest
Bury me in the leaning rest
If I die in the Spanish Moors
Bury me deep with a case of Coors
If I die in Korean mud
Bury me deep with a case of Bud
If I die in a firefight
Bury me deep with a case of Lite
If I die in a German blitz
Bury me deep with a case of Schlitz
If I die, don't bring me back
Just bury me with a case of Jack

-snip-

"US Army running cadence, named after the C-130 Hercules.
The cadence is simply called C-130, and has to do with jumping out of a perfectly good airplane."

Online source:
http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=C-13


*Click Lyr Req: ' O when I die don't bury my bones'? to see my 14 May 06 - 06:06 PM post with the words to that song.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 14 May 06 - 10:49 PM

GUEST,a friend 18 Nov 04 - 11:49 AM posted a version of the military cadence "Mama Mama Can't You See". Here's another version of that military cadence:

MOMMA MOMMA CAN'T YOU SEE
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me

They took away my faded jeans
Now I'm wearing Army greens
They took away my faded jeans
Now I'm wearing Army greens

Chorus:
Boy, I want to go
But they want let me go
Home, oh home, oh hommme

Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me

They put me in a barber's chair
I turned around, I had no hair
They put me in a barber's chair
I turned around, I had no hair

Chorus:

Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see

what the Army's done to me
I used to drive a Cadillac
Now I hump it on my back
I used to drive a Cadillac
Now I hump it on my back

Chorus:

Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me

I used to date a beauty queen
Now I hug my M-16
I used to date a beauty queen
Now I hug my M-16

Chorus:

Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me

I used to drive a Chevrolet
Now I'm walking all the way
I used to drive a Chevrolet
Now I'm walking all the way

Chorus:

Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me
Momma, momma, can't you see
what the Army's done to me

http://www.gruntsmilitary.com/cadence/journal.cgi?folder=journal&next=37

That cadence has become the bases for this children's handclap rhyme:

Mama Mama can't you see
What the army's done to me.
He took away my MTV.
He made me watch Barney.
Tic Tac Toe
Three in a row
Your mama got killed my GI Joe.
Don't stop till your hands get hot
Don't stop till your hands get red.

[the two children do series of fast handclaps until one child stops because the claps hurt her {or his} hand].

-snip-

See the Mudcat thread "Jodie's Children's" listed above with the related threads for more information on this rhyme.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: NH Dave
Date: 15 May 06 - 12:29 AM

As Jeri pointed out a couple of years ago, aside from Basic Training, or Tech School,the Air Force doesn't march much; we are more individualistic. You have a place to be and a time to get there. If you can't master that simple task, perhaps you don't belong in the AF.

Additionally there are really two Air Forces, the clean and neat Air Force that works in offices and never gets dirty, and the green baggy Air Force that works in motor pools, carpentry shops, or the flightline, and always leaves the job dirty; and considerable friction between the two. The blue AF lives a block or so from the dining hall, and where s/he works, while the green grubby AF lives and eats on one side of the base, and works on the other, and rides the bus back and forth between the two, when the bus is running. The blue AF works 9:00 - 5:00, and sees no reason why the man who got off work at midnight or 6:00 AM can't make it into his office for a 9:30 AM appointment, and sends nasty letters when this happens.

From my time in the Army and Air Force, I would suggest that a Drill Sgt, or NCO in charge of getting 250 troops from point "A" to point "B" is much like the shanty man who stands near hard work getting done, and plays a tune, or leads a shanty to get the work done easier and faster. As in shanty men, there are good and bad NCOs drilling or moving troops. The good ones have fertile imaginations, never sing the same cadence twice, and make the march go quickly. Others sung the same songs or cadences, and sometimes the troops made some up as well. Most were filthy, but they did keep spirits up during longer distances, where marching was necessary. Usually when marching longer distances the men were spread out and each walked at their own pace, just as long as they kept up with the rest of the unit. Marching isn't fun for long distances, especially when it is hot and dusty.

       Dave


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 06 - 03:42 PM

one by one we were havin some fun on the mountain all day and all through the night!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Sgt. Furlow
Date: 09 Oct 06 - 02:58 AM

Basic training in Ft. Dix, NJ. Looking for word to Yellow Bird

A yellow bird
a yellow bird
With a yellow bill
with a yellow bill
Was sitting on
   was sitting on
My window sill
   my window sill
A yellow bird
   a yellow bird
with a yellow bill
with a yellow bill
Was sitting on my (stomp) window sill

there are a few more verses   any help?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Oct 06 - 07:40 AM

Yellow Bird

A yellow bird
with a yellow bill
Was sittin' on
my window sill
I lured him in
with a piece of bread
And then I smashed
his little head
The doctor came
to check his head
"Indeed" he said
"this bird is dead"
The moral of
this story, you see
If you're a bird
Don't mess with me!

Source: Grunt's Military Cadences


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 06 - 07:18 AM

The Navy sent me to college in the V12 program in 1944. Marching past the girls' dormitory singing the bawdier versions of 'Bell Bottom Trousers', 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' and 'I've Got Sixpence' drew a loud "Knock It Off" from the Chief. After half a dozen paces in silence a voice from the middle of the formation started "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know". Works well.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,ben z at swhs jrotc
Date: 11 Oct 06 - 07:21 PM

Mama mama look at me
Look what the airforce done to me
I used to date a beauty queen
Now i shoot my M16


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Urbane Guerrilla
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 02:12 AM

What? No mention of R. Lee Ermey shaking up the barracks, right shoulder arms, in Full Metal Jacket with a 6/8 rendering of

"This is my rifle, this is my gun (w/repeat)
One is for killing and one is for fun (w/repeat)"

with suitable gestures? Jeez!

I have no idea WHAT kind of unit would use this one -- a whole company of chaplains' assistants maybe:

"Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son/Ky-ri-e e-le-i-son
Chri-is-te e-le-i-son/Chr-is-te e-le-i-son
Sing the first word/Kyrie
Now the next one/'Leison
Now sing the other thing/Christe! 'Leison!"

(It's amazing just how easy it is to find former servicemen in a church choir by starting to sing this cadence.)

And some DI somewhere will eventually afflict a company with a 6/8 (not too far off the original beat):

"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? (w/repeat)
Absorbent and porous and yellow is he (w/repeat)
If nautical foolishness be what you wish (w/repeat)
Get down on the deck and then flop like a fish! (w/repeat)
Spongebob/Squarepants
Spongebob/Squarepants
Sponge bob Square pants Spongebob/SQUAREPANTS!"


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 06:54 AM

GUEST,ben z at swhs jrotc,

LOL & kudos re that SpongeBob Squarepants chant.

Is that your creation? And have you tried it out in your rotc group?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST, g brown
Date: 01 Nov 06 - 09:35 PM

i would love it if some one would send me a copy of cadances or jodys on cassette tape you can sent it to glenn brown 12402 fort crook rd s belleuve ne 68123 thanks


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Bill
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 03:16 PM

I remember the "Ole king Cole" cadence as well. (circa '75, Ft. Puke, Lousyanna)

Also:
The prettiest girl,
I ever saw
was drinking bourbon
through a straw.

I walked right up,
said "How do you do"?
She said "I'm fine,
And how are you"?

I placed my hand,
upon her thigh,
she said "Young man,
you're way to high".

I moved my hand
up to her twat,
she said "Young man,
you're making me hot".

I picked her up,
I laid her down,
her long blonde hair
lay all around.

I put it in,
I pulled it out,
it felt so good,
I had to shout!

The wedding was
a formal one,
her daddy had
a white shotgun.

And now I've got
a mother-in-law
and 14 kids,
who call me Pa.

Or when we were marching around post (with all of the cadres families around):

See that girl all dressed in red?
Honey, honey,
She makes a livin' in her bed,
Babe, babe
See that girl all dressed in red,
She makes a livin' in her bed,
Honey, oh babe, of mine,
Give me your left, your right, your left, hey!

See that girl all dressed in black,
Honey, honey,
She makes a livin' on her back,
Babe, babe
See that girl all dressed in black,
She makes a livin' on her back,
Honey, oh babe, of mine,
Give me your left, your right, your left, hey!

(other verses similar to above)

See that girl all dressed in green,
she'll go down like a submarine...

See that girl all dressed in blue,
husband don't know it, but we all do....

See that girl all dressed in yella,
She'll make out with any ole fella....


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Common Tater
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 03:40 PM

Some of the above running songs or marching songs (Jodies) I'd heard and sung (with minor adaptations) while in Marine Corps Boot Camp. Some of the ones we sang are not anything I'd like anyone's 10 year-old daughter to read - so I won't print them here.

There was one, however (a running song) that I learned at a school following boot camp. It was quite unique:

Saw an old lady walking down the street.
She had tanks on her back and fins on her feet.
I said "hey old lady, now where you been?'
She said 'To SCUBA school, but I'm goin' again'.

I said, "Hey, old lady, now you're too old;
You better leave that stuff to the brave and the bold'
She said, "Up yours, Jarhead, now can't you see;
I teach SCUBA for the UDT'.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Bryan2007
Date: 24 Jan 07 - 04:03 PM

Having spent 23 years in the Marines, "Jodie" is the guy that is doing your woman while you're away. A Jodie would be specific to a cheating wife/girlfriend such as:

Ain't no use in looking down
Ain't no discharge on the ground.
Ain't no use in going home.
Jody's got your girl and gone.
Ain't no use in lookin' back.
Jody's got your Cadillac.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Bryan2007
Date: 24 Jan 07 - 04:08 PM

I wrote a chant I used to sing to my guys in the Corps. Wanna hear it? Here it goes:

My daddy said back in Viet Nam,
While shootin' at them Viet Cong.
He found a little puppy in the free-fire zone,
The poor little puppy looked so all alone.
So he crawled out in the combat prone,
To get that puppy who had no home.
Scooped up the puppy - put it in his pack,
And ate the little rascal when he got back.
Eatin' a little puppy you may think is foul,
But what's a matter with a little puppy chow.
I don't know what you'd think is worse,
He ate the little puppy but he shagged him first.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,luis loera
Date: 12 Mar 07 - 04:05 PM

i dont no what i culd be
into i joind the rotc
sund off 12 sond off 34
count cadians 1234 12_34.


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Subject: military chant
From: GUEST,papaduckbutt
Date: 07 Apr 07 - 02:32 PM

I wish all the ladies were holes in the road
and i was a truck driver i would give them the load,
i Wish all the ladies were pies on the shelf
and i was a baker i would eat them all my self.
I wish all the ladies were blades in the grass,
and i was a wierdo i would bang them in the ass.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 07 - 06:48 PM

WITH ALL DO RESPECT THIS CITE IS SHIT. IT IS WERY HARD TO FIND JODIES OF A SPACIFIC NATURE.


      PO3. MARK BONITO BASTROP TX NJROTC


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Apr 07 - 02:31 AM

Jeez, I can't get that to fit to any tune I know.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Stan
Date: 22 Jun 07 - 12:39 AM

I first heard the song about 'one keg for the four of us' when I was going to UCLA. We always thought it was a Notre Dame Drinking Song. I never heard it sung anytime during my 38 months in the Army Air Force during WWII. The lyric is as follows:

Drink, drank drunk
Drunk the night before
Gonna get drunk tonight
Like I never got drunk before
For when I'm drunk
I'm as happy as can be
For I am a member of the Dutch family
There's the Amsterdam Dutch and the Rotterdam Dutdh
The Potsdam Dutch and the Goddamn Dutch
So sing glorious, victorious
One keg of beer for the four of us
And glory be to God that there are no more of us
For one of us could drink it all alone, damned near
Here's to the Irish, dead drunk
The lucky stiffs


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: cookster
Date: 22 Jun 07 - 11:25 AM

Captain's face is turnin' green someone peed in his canteen [sound off]one two[sound off] three four[bring it on down]one, two three four, one two...three,four!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: cookster
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 02:46 PM

no offense guest, but f#ck you.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 04:29 PM

Man, do I ever remember those old cadence calls we used to do, all of which I think were meant to put psychological pressure on the troops so they would soften up and the Drill Instructors could "mold 'em" into what the Army thought they should be. Those downright mean old Jody calls actually had some of the guys crying in their bunks at night and others mad and ready to go home and open a can of "Whoop ass" on some as yet unknown dude who was cuckolding them while they were away!

Some times there were additional verses added by the most creative DI's, but here's the most common ones we marched to. (The DI gave the calls and the soldiers yelled the capitalized chorus parts):

Your pants pulled up, your belt's pulled tight,
Your balls are swingin from left to right.

Them nuts ain't got a thing to do,
'Cause 4F Jody's took over for you.

(cadence chorus)
Gimme a one (ONE!) Gimme a two (TWO!) Gimme a three (THREE!) Gimme a four (FOUR!)
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR! Bring it on down! ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, ONE, TWO . . . THREEFOUR!

You're in the Army now to stay,
While Jody's back at home today.

Be a while 'till you get back,
So Jody's drivin your Cadillac.

(cadence chorus)

I don't know but it's been said,
Ole jody's got your gal in bed.

Don't feel sad and don't feel blue,
'Cause Jody's got your sister too.

(cadence chorus)

For those who never faced the draft, Jody's designation as 4F meant that he was one who had been determined to be unfit for military service . . . often that meant he was in perfect mental and physical condition and the son of someone with political pull!

Also, those song about "See the girl dressed in red", "...black", "...green", etc. were often sung when we were riding in the back of a truck ("deuce-and-a-half" or 2 1/2 ton truck) going out into the field for training. They were usually sang two liner at a time with a chorus in between:

See the girl dressed in red,
Makes her livin' in her bed.

Hey, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,
Hey, Lolly, Lolly, Low.
Hey, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,
Hey, girl, I love you so.

(next two liner)

Instead of that "Woody Guthrie" chorus above, there was also an alternate nonsense chorus that was sometimes sung:

Oh, wrap your root around a tree,
'round a tree,
Oh, wrap your root around a tree.

Guess us soldiers didn't have much else to do for entertainment.

Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 05:17 PM

when was that, EuGene? Can you think of any more?
    Please remember to use a consistent name when you post. Messages with the "from" space blank, risk being deleted.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 05:39 PM

Golly, GUEST (Knock! Knock! Who's there? GUEST. GUEST who? PolterGUEST), I don't have a moniker, so I didn't know how else to address you. Ha!

I was in the Army going through Basic and AIT in 1966 - 1967. We had several other marching ditties we used to sing, but the Jody thing was the only one that really sticks in my mind.

I surmised at the time that it must have been actually composed officially by the Army training command leaders as a good way to put pressure on the recruits to soften us up and to psychologically break down our "individualism". That way we could then be easily remolded into cookie cutter soldiers . . . that ditty did have a profound effect on some of the guys (as I noted), and stuck with all of us to some extent, so that's why "Jody" is still in the dark recesses of my aging mind.

Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 06:16 PM

A yellow bird
with a yellow bill
was perched upon
my window sill
I lurd him in
with a piece of bread
an then I smashed his F'n head!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 23 Jun 07 - 08:06 PM

Sorry EuGene. That was me on a different computer w/o a cookie. Thanks for answering!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 12:40 AM

Lighter, thanks for allowing me to open my answer with a bit of puntificating . . . the urge to indulge in the basest form of humor was a harlequinade's imperative, and I am weak. Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 03:59 PM

I forgot another chant that most Army guys might remember, the Airborne Ranger chant:

The first two lines (both the same wording) were sung to a tune similar to (if not exactly like) the opening line melody of the 1960's pop tune "Sukiyaki" (by a Japanese singer, and sung in Japanese). This chant was only used when we were marching double-time, which means trotting, similar to a jogging pace:

"I wanna be an Airborne Ranger,
I wanna live a life of danger."

(this was followed by ad-libbed chants, each chant separated from the preceding one by 3 beats/footfalls)

"Up the hill."
"Down the hill."
"Over the hill."
"Under the hill."
"Through the hill."
etc. etc.

The troops would also throw in a lot of loud grunts, "Ah-HOO-Ah!", and other battle cries . . . we probably sounded like a bunch of Don Cossacks singing "Meadowland", sans whistling. I'm guessing that we sounded so fierce that we scared meanies everywhere they might be lurking, sort of like when Puff ". . . let out his mighty roar."   Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 04:14 PM

Whoa, Dubbin! I didn't mean to say that the first 2 lines of the Airborne Ranger chant both had the same words, rather that they were sung the same way, both to the melody of the opening line in "Sukiyaki".

Since that song is in Japanese, I can't print its words! I'm a hillbilly, so my present challenge is English . . . other languages must just bide their time until I get "a round tuit".   Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: cookster
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 04:16 PM

EuGene, have you read your messages yet?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 04:37 PM

Cookster: Yes, as far as I know, I have read them all. Had to clear out a few, hopefully I didn't drop a message from you by mistake. The last one I saw was about how the AK-47 would work while muddy. If you posted anything later that anticipated a reply, I may have accidently deleted it . . . try again. Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 05:59 PM

Here's an excerpt of an interesting article that I found by goggling "airborne ranger chant":

"Released in 2002 by the Orchard, the recordings of U.S. military "cadence calls" gathered on Marching Cadences of the U.S. Marines, Run in Cadence with the U.S. Marines, Vol. 2 and Run to Cadence with the Recon Marines should be instantly familiar to anyone who has ever watched a war film. These rhythmic chants are always prominently featured in montage sequences of boot camp training. From Stripes to Full Metal Jacket to Jarhead, you know the drill: A vein-popping sergeant barks out bawdy, macho calls and the newly shorn privates grunt back, as stomping combat boots keep time on parade-ground tarmac and the new recruits magically turn into seasoned leathernecks.

Fans of '80s rock will know this stuff for a different reason: The "I wanna be an airborne ranger" chant that fades up at the end of U2's "Seconds" (from their War album) was subsequently immortalized by Judd Nelson-as-Bender, jogging through his high school's halls in the 1985 John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. U2 and Hughes/Bender were mocking such calls (and military culture in general) as stiff, conformist and square, a matter of top-down discipline and nothing more, and they had a point: this is the sound of individuals tightening into an obedient group, of bodies being brought into line, and that's why these recordings were, somewhat optimistically, marketed as functional fitness soundtracks for running or aerobics. But when you listen to the perverse lyrics and (frequently amazing) vocal performances collected here, the cadence call is revealed as in fact a wildly diverse, popular American folk form in its own right.

Supposedly created in 1944 by private Willie Duckworth's immortal chant ("Sound off, one, two/Sound off, three, four/One, two, three, four/One, two-three, four!"), the cadence call takes lyrical fragments of social history and sets them to riffs and patterns hot-rodded from blues and rock & roll, and more distantly, the call-and-response of gospel and African music. The chanted words are a free-range combination of motifs that offer a window into the military mind: mournful, mocking descriptions of the recruiters who got you into this mess, anxiety about "jodies" (civilians) stealing the sweethearts left behind, somber expressions of death-bound macho grandiloquence, and politically incorrect sexual braggadoccio."

http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/289_200604.html
"I Wanna Be An Airborne Ranger
-snip-

The article continues with a description of the recording.

**

Btw, unless someone beat me to it, this is post #100!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 24 Jun 07 - 06:43 PM

Pardon me if this is too serious a comment for this thread. But I feel the need to get right down to the real nitty gritty...

With regard to the article whose link I provided, that author wrote that cadence calls "takes lyrical fragments of social history and sets them to riffs and patterns hot-rodded from blues and rock & roll, and more distantly, the call-and-response of gospel and African music".

Given that the genres of blues, and rock & roll, and gospel, and African music" [as a broad brush generic category] all originate from Black folks [at least the type of gospel I believe the author is talking about] and given that Willie Duckworth [whose 1944 Sound Off chant is rightly considered the beginning of modern military cadence calls] is African American, and further given the fact that the other name for military cadence calls is "jodies" and the name "jodies" came from the African American literary character "Joe de organ grinder", given all this plus the mention of the call & response pattern and sexual braggadocio features of military cadence calls, it seems to me that it would be correct and proper to consider the genre of "cadence calls" as a part of African American cultural heritage. And if that goes too far, at the very least, it seems to me that it would be correct and proper to acknowledge that cadence calls are heavily influenced by African American cultural heritages.   

It also seems to me that people think that they have to tip toeing around the mention of race or be considered racist. One consequence of this is that recognition of the accomplishments of African Americans and other people of color may be "invisiblized".

Previously, recognition of Black accomplishments were discounted, trivilized, and/or invisiblized or claimed by others because the powers that be were indeed racist. And that beat is still going on today a lot of times and in a lot of places, though- I hasten to say-not on this particular Mudcat thread and not usually on other Mudcat threads.

For a number of reasons, I don't think it's a good thing to discount, trivilize, and indivisibilize Black accomplishments and the influence Black people have had on specific music genres and other parts of history and cultures.

For a number of reasons, I don't think it's a good thing that African American accomplishments & influences are claimed by others. I also don't think that it's a good thing that no acknowlegment of the racial background of folks is given at all since in this "White is the default race" world, many people will automatically think that White people were the creators of the primary influencers of whatever it is that folks are talking or reading about.

This is not to say that people of other races and cultures have had no part in the creation of blues, rock & roll, gospel, or military cadence calls. But, if truth were told, all of those genres have been and are now most heavily influenced by African American cultures and other Black cultures.

**

I just needed to say that.

You can take all of it or some of it or leave it all behind.


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 12:02 AM

AZ: Actually yours was the 101th post, but I'm not real sure I understand the point about post #100 . . . is there a prize involved like "The one millionth customer! He is the lucky winner of this shiny new Tatra Djet Sport Coupe!!"

Something doesn't compute in that article about Marines using that Airborne Ranger chant . . . Airborne Rangers are specially trained ARMY paratroopers! I have two brothers who served in the Marine Corps, and they said no self respecting Marine would ever use a chant about wanting to be an Army trooper - even in jest!!

Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 01:23 AM

EuGene,

According to the main page's numbering, my 24 Jun 07 - 05:59 PM post to this thread was #100, my 24 Jun 07 - 06:43 PM post was #101, and your 25 Jun 07 - 12:02 AM post was #102.

As to your question about the significance of getting the #100 post, while there's no material prize, some Mudcatters try to get the #100 post in a thread for the thrill and the joy and the status [?] of it. There are a few Mudcat members who really compete to get the 100th post. I won't name names but they know who they are :o)

These members may not post to a particular thread, but are alert to the fact that a thread is approaching #100. And then they'll pounce to bag that #100th post. Often the #100 post in a thread doesn't have any other comment but the number "100" [with or without an exclamation mark].

I suppose catching the 200th post, and #300th post [and so on] is also seen as an accomplishment. However, most Mudcat threads don't go that high.

I waited for a while to see if someone else was going to take the 100th post to this thread. But when no one else did, I grabbed it. I've only had a few 100th posts in my almost three years here. So, I count this as a red letter day :o}}

**

Regarding your comment about that article's attribution of the Airborne Rancher song to the Marines, it seems they got it wrong.
That article is oldish, so I imagine that other folks may have pointed that out to the authors of that article. But, not knowing anything about the military, I didn't recognize that mistake.

Thanks for pointing it out.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 09:10 AM

Az: I suppose the record of US military cadence calls included such calls from various sources, including both Marine and Army units, and the author of the article just got confused as to which call came from which service. Easy enough to do, especially when the objective was to discuss the cadence call itself, and the source of the call wasn't really relevent to the discussion at hand.   Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: EuGene
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 01:00 PM

Golly, I muddled that post when I said the source of the call wasn't relevent. I didn't mean who composed the call, how it originated, etc., but rather that the writer of the article hadn't paid much attention to the liner notes and/or "song List" on the album to see who was singing/chanting the cadence call being discussed. He wasn't discussing who was the group that was recorded, but rather the chant itself. Hope I make a bit more sense now. Eu


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,dave
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:51 PM

I was woundering if anybody knows a cadince called ole king cole it is a very long cadence it stiats with privite and ends at cornal.
if you know how it goes email me at kwijibodavid@yahoo.com thanks you would be much liked.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 08:35 AM

Here's Old King Cole in the DT. (I hope Dave checks his request in this thread, because I'm not e-mailing him.)


As for Marines singing 'Airborne Ranger', I went to a tech school with people from various services. They put a Marine Vietnam vet in charge of calling cadence for our little PT runs in the early morning.

...oops.

His version of Airborne Ranger was close to the one Rap posted in the Airborne Ranger thread. We ran past officer's housing. Eventually, someone complained and we wound up singing 'bleep' a lot. I seem to remember verses about napalm and bayonets and babies along with the f*cking verses. The song was highly offensive, but they liked us to sing loud, and knowing we were pissing off officers sure helped.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies? the beer song (AF version)
From: GUEST,zach
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 11:46 AM

This is the AF Combat Controller Version.


(INTRO)

Got drunk last night,
Got drunk the night before,
Now I'm gona drink like I've never drunk before,
cuz when I drink I'm as happy as can be,
cuz we're all part of the drinking family

OH.. the drinking family is the best family,
We all came over from old Germany,
You got your highland drunks,
you got your lowland drunks,
you got your Amsterdam drunks,
and your other-damn drunks

(CHORUS)
*********************************************************************
Singin Glorious,
Victorious,
One Keg a beer for the four of us,
Singin Glory be to god that there are no more of us,
cuz one of us could drink it all alone,
DAMN NEAR,
PASS THE BEER,
TO THE REAR,
of the squaaaadron!

*********************************************************************

(VERSE 1)

There are no controllers in the Army *In the Army*,
There are no controllers in the Army *In the Army*,
cuz there all a bunch a queers sanitation engineers,
there are no controllers in the Army *In the Army*

(CHORUS)***************

(VERSE 2)

There are no controllers in the navy *In the Navy*,
There are no controllers in the navy *In the Navy*,
cuz there all on ships and boats makin love to sheeps n' goats,
there are no controllers in the Navy *In the Navy*

(CHORUS)***************

(VERSE 3)

There are no controllers in the Corp *In the Corp*,
There are no controllers in the Corp *In the Corp*,
cuz there going shore to shore makin housewives outa whores,
there are no controllers in the Corp *In the Corp*,

(CHORUS)***************

(VERSE 4)

There are no controllers in the Coast Guard *In the Coast Guard*,
There are no controllers in the Coast Guard *In the Coast Guard*,
cuz there all a bunch of fags smokin marajuana bags,
there are no controllers in the Coast Guard *In the Coast Guard*

(CHORUS)***************

(VERSE 5)

All the controllers are in the Air Force *In the Air Force*,
All the controllers are in the Air Force *In the Air Force*,
cus all the ladies say..... a controllers a great lay
all the controllers are in the Air Force *In the Air Force*

(CHORUS)***************

The End, hope you like it, Please don't get ruffled about the interservice picking it's all in good fun from the hard guys of the CHAIR FORCE :)


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Subject: OLD DOG BLUE
From: GUEST,zach
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 12:23 PM

I had an old dog and his name was blue
blue wanta be a combat diver two
so I bough him a mask and four tiny fins
took him to the ocean and I threw his ass in

well blue came up to my surprise
with a shark in his teeth and a gleem in his eye

now old blues a combat diver too
dont mess with him or he'll bite you

cus he's hardcore
all the way
hardcore
every day
its who we are
its what we do
para
rescue
combat
controll
motivated
dedicated
armor plated
hydrated
always wet
never dry
love to run
ain't no lie
hooya
hooya
hooya!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Kevin Johnson
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 07:08 PM

This is one my dad learned at Fort Bragg in the early Seventies, and we always sang it on long trips when I was growing up. It's similar to a different one I've seen on the internet and goes to the tune of "When Johnny comes Marching Home again."

I got a letter from Uncle Sam hurrah hurrah (x2)
I got a letter from Uncle Sam he's sending me to Vietnam
And we'll all be dead by the summer of (insert year)

Other lyrics:
They issued me an M-16. . . and turned me into a fighting machine.

They issued me a bayonette. . . so I could kill without regret.

They issued me an entrenching tool. . . and made me dig like a goddamn fool

They issued me a protective mask. . . and then they threw me in the gas.

They issued me a hand grenade. . . and you should have seen the mess I made.

They shipped me home in a plastic bag. . . the son's of bitches they lost my tags.

They buried me in a deep dark hole. . . They buried me in D.C. but I lived in Idaho.

The moral of the story is. . . to live your life the way it is.
Or we'll all be dead by the summer of (insert year).


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Subject: RE: Molly Brown Military Jodies, Jody, Cadence?
From: and e
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:00 PM

Below is the Molly Brown cadence (Recording)


Molly Brown (Recording)
(Tune - Sound Off (aka Duckworth Chant))

Molly, Molly, Molly Brown,
Said no man could lay her down.

Over the hill comes Piss Ball Pete,
50lbs. of swinging meat.

He laid Molly in the grass,
Suck his cock right up her ass.

Then old Molly blew a fart,
Blew his balls 10 feet apart.

Over the hill comes Piss Ball Pete,
50lbs. of shredded meat.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,GUEST/TAWAN
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 04:23 AM

MAN IM LOOKING FOR THIS CADENCE CALLED GI BLUES! I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE. IVE LOOKED ALLOVER FOR IT. IF ANYONE COULD HELP ME THANX
EMAIL: TAWAN21@YAHOO.COM


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,mac
Date: 01 Oct 07 - 09:44 PM

I need a police cadence. any suggestions??


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 02:12 AM

GUEST,mac, here's an example of a police cadence that was included in this wikipedia article about cadences {jodies}: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jody_call

"Police personnel who train in para-military fashion also have acquired the tradition for its recruits in the police academy. However, the "lyrics" are changed for law enforcement, for example:

A six gun a tin star a horse named Blue.
In 1890 a cop held these true.
In 1930 the tommy gun.
It made police work a lot more fun.
A big block Dodge Polara it's true.
In sixty six it came out of the chute.
We got night vision on our M14's.
We're the ones they call to secure the scene
In 20 years, who knows what it will be.
Phaser guns mounted on my HumVee.
From a horse named Blue to a big HumVee
We'll still PT in the Academy!
(Last line yelled) "

**

Also, you could use the folk process to make up a police cadence by changing some of the words of an already existing cadence. See for example the Sound Off {Duckworth chant} in this thread which was posted by Joe O.,{Offer?} on 29 Sep 2004:

Hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub, hib-hub

The heads are up
The chests are out
The arms are swinging
In cadence count
Sound off (sound off)
Sound off (sound off)
Cadence count
1-2-3-4 (1-2, 3-4)
etc.

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Also, it seems to me that this fire fighting cadence could easily be changed to a police cadence:

WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN
When I get to heaven St. Peter's he will say "How'd you make your living" "How'd you earn your pay" I'll hold my axe up higher and higher Cause I make my living as a Fire Fighter! Fi-Er-Er-Er-Er Fight-Er-Er-Er-Er-Er And when I go to hell Ole Satan he will say "How'd you make your living" "How'd you earn your pay" I'll hold my hose up higher and higher Cause I make my living as a Fire Fighter! Fi-Er-Er-Er-Er Fight-Er-Er-Er-Er-Er
-Sam A; 11/3/2006 {from a Tech School at a USA Fire Academy}
http://www.cocojams.com/military_cadences.htm

-snip-

I hope these work for you.

Best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 03:32 AM

MAC:

A clarrification of Azzi - there are a fair number of Jodies here.
In the upper intro to this area there are many blue colored links which when clicked on, will lead you to similar discusstions on the topic....it is worth following them through.

You might also look at the POEM section (BOTTOM - left side)from the Miami Police Dept.
http://207.234.170.190/mpd-fr.htm

In civilian populations you must be CRITICALLY AWARE of how you are perceived by the public = Be Carefeul.....of things like "your pants are loose, your boots are tight, your balls are swingin' from left to right." and much worse.... we a co-ed society now.

The following is from "Unconsidered Trifles"
http://unconsideredtrifles.blogspot.com/2005/03/and-show-me-to-shouting-varletry.html

"Road guards in and road guards out,
Road guards runnin' all about.
If I had a low IQ,
I could be a road guard too.
If I had one lower than that,
I would wear a gunny's hat.
Road guards, road guards, don't be blue,
_______ can be road guards too."

From Utah State "Hard News Cafe"
http://newscafe.ansci.usu.edu/archive/NOV2004/112304_rotcwomen.html

Hey, Hey we're gonna RUN
(Hey, Hey we're gonna RUN)
Run all day 'til the runnin's DONE
(Run all day 'til the runnin's DONE)

Runnin' THERE, Runnin' HERE
(Runnin' THERE, Runnin' HERE)
Runnin' FAR, Runnin' NEAR
(Runnin' FAR, Runnin' NEAR)
When we get just a little bit BORED
(When we get just a little bit BORED)
Then we're gonna run some MORE
(Then we're gonna run some MORE).

Another good place to check is the University of Chicago
Cadence Calls on the left side of the history page.

http://www.uic.edu/depts/rotc/cadets/cadence/cadencehistory.htm

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Sorry, but it seems AZZI'S suggestions are lacking in testostorone and a spirit to see things through...with that common touch of sarcastic irony - that makes a good jody great.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 08:25 AM

Here are the hyperlinks to the websites that gargoyle shared in his last post to this thread:

http://207.234.170.190/mpd-fr.htm
COP POEMS, PRAYERS & WRITINGS

{Note: this page automatically plays a midi of Amazing Grace...[UGH!!!-the midi not the song}. Btw, I didn't see any cadences on that page...But I supposed the poems could be used to compose a midi [??]

**

http://unconsideredtrifles.blogspot.com/2005/03/and-show-me-to-shouting-varletry.html is the second link gargoyle posted has some examples of Jodies and an explanation of the term "Jody". Here's an excerpt of that explanation:

"Tuesday, March 01, 2005
'And show me to the shouting varletry.'

I mentioned military "Jodies" or marching songs, in the previous post, and I thought you would share my amusement when I read this example of what happens when pointy-headed academics try to define/explain things that most ordinary people understand quite naturally:

The songs get the name jody call or jody (also, jodie) from a recurring character, a civilian named "Jody" whose luxurious lifestyle is contrasted with military deprivations in a number of traditional calls. Jody is the person who stays at home, drives the soldier's car, and gets the soldier's sweetheart while the soldier is in recruit training or in country. (Serendipitously, the name works just as well for female soldiers.)
Common themes in jodies include:

homesickness
quotidian complaints about military life
boasts (of one's own unit) and insults (of one's competitor, which may be another unit, another service branch, or the enemy)
humorous and topical references.
Obscene, scatological, and offensively violent jody calls exist; their official use in formal training is now discouraged by the U.S. military, with an emphasis on "clean" versions of traditional jodies. The flexibility of jodies is nearly unlimited, and old jodies have always been retired or rewritten as times and wars change.

Jody calls are a subset of work songs, and share in their rhythmic properties. Most jody calls have a call and response structure; one soldier initiates a line, and the remaining soldiers complete it.

If you're military or have been around military people, you'll no doubt laugh out loud to hear jodies explained using phrases such as "quotidian complaints about military life" or the fact that the US military officially disapproves of "obscene, scatological, and offensively violent" jodies. ha-HA!"

**

Here's the third hyperlink that gargoyle provided:
http://www.uic.edu/depts/rotc/cadets/cadence/cadencehistory.htm

This site provides historical information about cadences, and more including a clip of the sound of feet doing a cadence. Here's the direct page to a list of the lyrics of specific cadences:

http://www.uic.edu/depts/rotc/cadets/cadence/cadencelyrics.htm

**
Btw, gargoyle, when I first read the fine print of your post I thought you wrote that I was lacking in testostorone. I was gonna respond that since I'm a female that I'm glad you figured that one out. But I re-read your comment and see you were talking about those examples I posted. Well, hey, I'll let those examples speak for themselves. If they wanna duke it out with you cause you talked about their manhood, well, that's on them. But I don't think that what you said is worth fighting over...


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Jeri
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 09:05 AM

"Road guards" - these people were designated members of a flight* and ran out to stop traffic in all directions when the flight had to march across an intersection. If I remember correctly, there was no singing when crossing the street. Possibly this was to avoid irritating halted drivers any more than they already were by having to wait, possibly to allow the road guards to hear commands.

To Mac: the singing/marching and cadence calling is something that still survives today with no regard for collectors or folklorists. When I was in basic (I know, it was a bazillion years ago) each flight had to come up with its own song. They wrote, stole and adapted or just plain stole. Ours was "If they could see me now, that little gang of mine, wakin' up at dawn and marchin' in a line" etc. The whole flight learned it and sang it as we marched to our graduation.

The Air Force doesn't sing much as, once out of basic and technical training schools, there isn't really any marching. The Army and Marines however, do. I was in Kuwait with a collection of units, and would walk to the bathrooms in the morning and be passed by various units doing PT, all singing their OWN songs. I would have loved to collect them, but it would require me running behind them with a recording device, holding a microphone. That wasn't going to happen.

The point is that you can write your own song. You can take an existing chant or song and change it or you can write a whole new one. Get the guys in the unit to help - they just need pairs of lines that rhyme all fitting the same rhythm. That's what military units do.

* Flight in the Air Force, platoon in the Army and I don't have a clue about the Navy.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Decateur Blair
Date: 02 Jan 08 - 11:34 PM

WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN:
When I get to heaven St. Peter he will say:
"How'd you put the fire out in the month of May?",
" Raise my hose up Higher and Higher...
Thats how I do it... Im a Fire Fighter "
When I go to hell, Ole Satan he will say:
"How'd you put the fire out in the month of May?"
"Raise my hose up higher and higher...
Thats how I do it, I'm a Fire Fighter."
And when I get home, my fiance' she will say:
"How'd you please me all night long in the month of May?"
"Raise my hose up Higher and higher,
Thats how I do it, Im a fire fighter!"


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Subject: RE: Highschool cheer?
From: GUEST,daniel
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 06:11 AM

dude i was appointed cheer leader for my house..the purple house..yeah i know the gay colour..but cld u hlp me make a cheer ..PS:its got no movements..


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,CAP Cadet
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 03:11 PM

If you want "Napalm Sticks to Kids" the more "politically correct" verses are on the wikipedia article for "Military Cadence"


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,CAP cadet
Date: 16 Jan 08 - 03:17 PM

A Yellow bird with a yellow bill,
Was sitting on my window sill,
I lured him closer with a piece of bread,
Slammed my window on his little head.

The doctor came to check its head,
He said the birdy sure was dead.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Lainey (future soldier)
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 06:13 PM

the yellow bird one... the way i learned and i what i believe is a more humorous way of saying it went like....
a yellow bird
with a yellow bill
was sitting on
my window sill
i lured him in
with a peice of bread
and then i smashed
his little head
the doctor came to check its head
he said this bird
is surley dead
the moral of
the story is
if you want some head
get some bread


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,ssgt b
Date: 06 Oct 08 - 01:36 PM

i cant find the words to theres a drill sergeant there can some one help


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 09:42 AM

Here are two cadences that were sent in to my website today:


Caller:1,2,3,4 Runners:1,2,3,4, Caller: Run a little Run a little run some moree Runners:Run a little Run a little run some moree Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane When Your Left foot strikes the ground Little Liza Jane I wanna hear that clapping sound Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Liza Jane your my girl Little Liza Jane when I get home Imma rock your world Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane I Came back home from a long flight Little Liza Jane now where gonna Boom Boom all night Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane Heeey Little Liza Little Liza Jane
-Doggie ; 10/28/2008; http://www.cocojams.com/military_cadences.htm


**

This Cadence is basically a Manfred Mann song that was made popular by a movie called Stripes   Caller:There she was just a-walkin' down the street, Runner: singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" Caller:Snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet, Caller:singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" Runner:She looked good (looked good), she looked fine (looked fine) Runner:She looked good, she looked fine and I nearly lost my mind Runner:Before I knew it she was walkin' next to me, Caller:singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" Runner:Holdin' my hand just as natural as can be, Caller:singin' "Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do" Caller:We walked on (walked on) to my door (my door) We walked on to my door, then we kissed a little more
-Doggie; 10/28/2008; http://www.cocojams.com/military_cadences.htm


-snip-

Thanks, Doggie, for sending in those examples!

Here's a link to that portion of the 1981 movie Stripes:   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AvMNXBGgpg


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,cali
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 02:18 PM

hear is one from my rotc unit it is funny
Birdy Birdy in the sky
got some white wash in my eye
smells like water taste loike spit
oh my gosh its buring S***( you do not say it you stomp with your left foot)


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Senior Airman Brown
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 02:12 AM

Everyone seems to like the yellow bird one, well here is the yellow bird that i know:

A yellow bird
a yellow bird
with a yellow bill
with a yellow bill
was sittin on
was sittin on
my window sill
my window sill
i lured him in
i lured him in
with a piece of bread
with a piece of bread
and then i smashed
and then i smashed
his little head
his little head
oh god
oh god
i'm such a clutse
i'm such a clutse
i missed his head
i missed his head
and i smashed his nuts
and i smashed his nuts
now there is a bird
now there is a bird
in a bush
in a bush
who cant get laid
who cant get laid
his nuts were squished
his nuts were squished


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,tiffany ellinger
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 10:28 PM

do you know any more


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Micah
Date: 15 Oct 09 - 09:34 PM

Does anyone know of the Air Force jodie that has a part in it that says:

"Terrorists, Terrorists Be aware
F-16's are in the air"

I haven't been able to find it anywhere. If someone could help me out that would be great. You can email me at micahroe@gmail.com. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: gnu
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 02:54 PM

??? LH?


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Guest Jen
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 10:54 AM

I'm an ex British Marine, so in the interests of our American friends not trying to hunt me down and render my children b*st*rds, here's a nice friendly one of ours I remember when we were having a bit of a sing off some of your USMC fellas a while back.

PS - We did drink you under the bloody table by the way. I'm not starting a fight I'm stating a fact. ;)

We're Brit Marines so we don't sing,
We kill, we shout, we do our thing.
But we heard your boys, soundin fine,
We thought we'd give you a couple more lines.
The lads of the core they cannot drink,
A couple of pints and they start to shrink.
Throw in a chaser, maybe four,
Those USMC lads sing no more.
We're Brit Marines so we don't sing,
But the Yanks just learned we love our drink!

Jen


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Subject: Or this one...
From: GUEST,Jen
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 11:25 AM

Or this one that was on "Lie to Me" (top show, btw) not so long back and got me thinking about these and inspired the search that led me here. (I'm making a mod for Oblivion to give the guards Jody Calls. ;) )

I tought that b*tch her left and right
Tapped that a$$ then left last night.

heh heh.
Jen


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Subject: The Yellow Bird?
From: GUEST,Franfurt Chrome-Dome
Date: 13 Jan 10 - 08:24 PM

Have have any of you swinging &^$*#*# Heard of the Yellow Bird? You know the one with the yellow bill. Come on he sat on my window sill?
After he had a cranial contution the cook did something with him. We only sang the cook part twice in 1973 and I don't remember how it goes. Does anyone out there remember it?

Charlie 1-3 Fort Lost in the Woods, in misery (Fort Leonard Wood, Mo)


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 10 - 09:10 PM

I wanna be an airbourne ranger
livin the life of sex and danger
and if i die in the old drop zone
box me up and ship me home
put my arms across my chest
tell my girl i did my best


Remmber

Rangers Lead The Way HOOAH!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Dc
Date: 15 Feb 10 - 09:16 PM

AIRBOURNE RANGER RAVIN MAD
HES GOT A TAB I WISH I HAD
BLACK AND WHITE AND HALF MOON SHAPE
AIRBOURNE RANGER HES GONE APE
JUMPING THROUGH WINDOWS KICKING DOWN WALLS
AIRBOURNE RANGER HES GONE APE
SO IF THERES TROUBLE IN THE WORLD TODAY CALL ON THE MEN IN THE BLACK BARETS


RANGERS LEAD THE WAY HOOAH!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Trevor JOnes
Date: 01 May 10 - 10:13 AM

Listen to it


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,PFC
Date: 06 May 10 - 11:25 PM

i lured him in
"
with a peice of bread
"
and then I crushed
"
his f-ing head
"


the doctor came
"
to check his head
"
"indeed" he said
"
your bird is dead


The moral of
"
the story is
"
to get some head (alt verse: if you want some bread)
"
you need some bread (alt verse: dont lose your head)
"

a tiny mouse
"
with tiny feet
"
was sittin on
"
my toilet seat
"

I pushed him in
"
and flushed him down
"
i sat and laughed (alt verse: the little mouse)
"
and watched him drown (alt verse: went round and round)
"

im sure there"s more but thats all i got


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 12:20 AM

im needing some help finding one if these im sorry i dont know what to call em i heard so many names my family calls em cajons but i lost my dad in 2007 i remember parts of one he did all the time it was something about (i use to ride cadilac now im walking backpack)
and one about (look momma what the army done to me) if anyone could help it would mean so much to me
          thanks
             merissa


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,guest from denver
Date: 07 Sep 10 - 04:53 PM

C130 rolling down the strip
Rangers back from a killing trip
picked up the stewardess and laid her on the deck
wrapped her legs around my neck
tasted so good and tasted so fine
washed it down with a bottle of wine

Left right or left,etc.


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 11 - 07:34 PM

A yellow bird
A yellow bird
Was sitting on
Was sitting on
My window sill
My window sill
I lured him in
I lured him in
With some bread
With some bread
And then I smashed
And then I smashed
His little head
His little head
So the moral is
So the moral is
Want some head
Get some bread!


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Full metal jacket
Date: 23 May 11 - 01:00 PM

I don't know know what Ive been told. Eskimo pussy is mighty cold. Hochi Min is a son of a bitch. He's got tiny blue balls and a seven year itch.2 4 6 8 who do we appreciate our drill instructor


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Subject: RE: Military Jodies?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 17 Nov 12 - 11:41 PM

A little dog
A puppy dog
was sitting on
my table saw
I lured him by
with a piece of meat
And the i cut off his (clap) little feet


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