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Origin: Anchors Aweigh

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ANCHORS AWEIGH
ANCHORS AWEIGH (2)
CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG
HALLS OF MONTEZUMA (Marine's Hymn)


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Lyr Req: The Marines' Hymn / Halls of Montezuma (29)


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Anchor's Aweigh (Version 1)


dick greenhaus 04 Feb 97 - 09:44 PM
arnowitt 05 Feb 97 - 09:55 PM
dick greenhaus 06 Feb 97 - 04:47 PM
raredance@aol.com 09 Feb 97 - 09:06 PM
ah827@rgfn.epcc.edu (Gene Graham) 10 Feb 97 - 05:16 PM
dick greenhaus 18 Feb 97 - 01:01 PM
GUEST,robert.johnson33@comcast.net 19 Jul 03 - 10:58 AM
masato sakurai 19 Jul 03 - 12:47 PM
Tiger 19 Jul 03 - 03:24 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 19 Jul 03 - 10:29 PM
GUEST 21 Mar 04 - 02:49 PM
Dave Masterson 13 Feb 07 - 04:04 AM
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Subject: Anchors Aweigh
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 Feb 97 - 09:44 PM

Hi- As far as I can tell, the only verse in Anchors Aweigh that anyone remembers is:

Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day (day, day, day) On our last night ashore, drink to the foam And, till we meet again Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

My question is where in hell did this verse come from? The song was (as per the 1941 Academy songbook) a football fight song (On, Navy, down the field). The verse in question did not appear.

Any knowledgable swabbies out there?


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: arnowitt
Date: 05 Feb 97 - 09:55 PM

I'm not sure, but there's a wonderful female counter verse that I used to sing with my mother WAVES of the navy there's a ship sailing on the bay And she won't put in to shore again until that victory day Carry on for that gallant ship and for every hero brave Who will find on shore, his man-sized chore was done by a navy WAVE It's a lovely harmony. enjoy.


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 06 Feb 97 - 04:47 PM

thanx. I like it. dick


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: raredance@aol.com
Date: 09 Feb 97 - 09:06 PM

This doesn't really answer your origins question, but maybe it is useful and will trigger something else. I have a recording of Anchors "Away". It is on a 45 called Soldier Songs Of Our Land (Mercury Childcraft Records. MC-17). I acquired it when I was much younger. Although there is no date on neither the record nor the sleeve (quite colorful glossy coated paper) it was undoubtedly purchased in the early 1950's. I turned 3 in December of '49 and don't think I would have had a record of this kind earlier than that. To the song. The first verse is the one you posted. This is followed by a bridge and then a second verse that may be the one you alluded to. They are as follows:

Bridge:

Heave a-ho there sailor, everybody drink up while you may.

Heave a-ho there sailor, for you're gonna sail at break of day,

Drink away, drink away, for you sail at break of day.

Seond verse:

Then Navy down the field, sail to the sky

We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy (yi-yi-yi)

Roll up the score mateys (Navy?), anchors aweigh,

Sail Navy down the field and sink the army, sink the army gray

rich r


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: ah827@rgfn.epcc.edu (Gene Graham)
Date: 10 Feb 97 - 05:16 PM

Here's the lyrics to Anchors Aweigh from a songbook! Stand out our Navy/Fight our battle cry/We will never change our course/So vicious foes steer shy.//Roll out the T.N.T./Anchors Aweigh/Sink their bones to Davy Jones-- Today-Hooray.//


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 18 Feb 97 - 01:01 PM

Hi- Thank y'all, but my question still remains: "Where did that verse come from?" By the way, the sonmg is NOT a Navy song in the sense that the Marine's Hymn is a USMC song; it's strictly speaking a Naval Academy song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANCHORS AWEIGH
From: GUEST,robert.johnson33@comcast.net
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 10:58 AM

See - http://goatlocker.exis.net/aweigh.htm

ANCHORS AWEIGH

The word "weigh" in this sense comes from the archaic word meaning to heave, hoist or raise. "Aweigh" means that that action has been completed. The anchor is aweigh when it is pulled from the bottom. This event is duly noted in the ship's log.

Lieut. Charles A. Zimmermann, USN, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, had been selected as the bandmaster of the Naval Academy Band in 1887 at the age of 26. His father, Charles Z. Zimmermann, had played in the band during the Civil War years. Early in his career, Lieut. Zimmermann started the practice of composing a march for each graduating class. By 1892, "Zimmy," as he was affectionately known by the midshipmen, became so popular that he was presented with a gold medal by that year's class. More gold medals followed as Zimmermann wrote a march for each succeeding class.

In 1906, Lieut. Zimmerman was approached by Midshipman First Class Alfred Hart Miles with a request for a new march. As a member of the Class of 1907, Miles and his classmates "were eager to have a piece of music that would be inspiring, one with a swing to it so it could be used as a football marching song, and one that would live forever."

Supposedly, with the two men seated at the Naval Academy Chapel organ, Zimmermann composed the tune and Miles set the title and wrote to two first stanzas in November 1906. This march was played by the band and sung by the brigade at the 1906 Army-Navy football game later that month, and for the first time in several seasons, Navy won. This march, Anchors Aweigh, was subsequently dedicated to the Academy Class of 1907 and adopted as the official song of the US Navy. The concluding stanza was written by Midshipman Royal Lovell, Class of 1926.

Original Lyrics

Stand Navy down the field, sails set to the sky.
We'll never change our course, so Army you steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll up the score, Navy, Anchors Aweigh.
Sail Navy down the field and sink the Army, sink the Army Grey.

Get underway, Navy, Decks cleared for the fray,
We'll hoist true Navy Blue So Army down your Grey-y-y-y.
Full speed ahead, Navy; Army heave to,
Furl Black and Grey and Gold and hoist the Navy, hoist the Navy Blue

Blue of the Seven Seas; Gold of God's great sun
Let these our colors be Till all of time be done-n-n-ne,
By Severn shore we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true With honor over, honor over all.

Revised Lyrics
by George D. Lottman
It is Verse 2 that is most widely sung.

Stand, Navy, out to sea, Fight our battle cry;
We'll never change our course, So vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll out the TNT, Anchors Aweigh. Sail on to victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!

Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh.
Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more. Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

In the 1916 Lucky Bag, the Academy yearbook, the class prepared a surprise for Lieut. Zimmermann. On page one was an impressive photo of the bandmaster in his full dress uniform, and on the next, a moving tribute to his devotion to the Naval Academy. Unfortunately, Lieut. Zimmermann did not live to enjoy this tribute. He became ill and died suddenly on Sunday morning, Jan. 16, 1916, of a brain hemorrhage. He was 54 years old. He was given a full military funeral, with midshipmen serving as pallbearers, and classes were suspended so the entire regiment could attend when he was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery on Jan. 19, 1916. Later, his body was moved to the Naval Academy cemetery where a granite monument, a gift from the classes of 1916 and 1917 was erected, as says the inscription on the base, "by his Midshipmen Friends."

Alfred H. Miles, the lyricist, continued his Navy career and retired as a Captain.

Revised Lyrics
Revised lyrics by MCPON John Hagen 2 years ago. This was done to, "Promote new respect for the Navy's official song." The first and second verses remain unchanged from the revised lyrics by Geo. Lottman. The third verse has a minor change. Here is the complete song as written by MCPON Hagen.

Stand Navy out to sea, fight our battle cry;
We'll never change our course, so vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll out the TNT, Anchors aweigh! Sail on to victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!

Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh.
Farewell to foreign shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night ashore, drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more. Here's wishing you a happy voyage home.

Blue of the mighty deep, gold of God's great son.
Let these our colors be till all of time be done, done, done, done.
On the seven seas we learn Navy's stern call:
Faith, courage, service true, with honor, over honor, over all.


http://www.navy.mil/navydata/navy_legacy_hr.asp?id=191


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 12:47 PM

These versions are in the DT.
ANCHORS AWEIGH

ANCHORS AWEIGH (2) (parody)
Editions at the Lester S. Levy Collection are:
Title: Anchors Aweigh. The Song of the Navy. Popular edition.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: By Chas. A. Zimmermann. Revised lyric by George D. Lottman. Revised melody by D. Savino.
George D. Lottman D. Savino Publication: New York: Robbins Music Corporation, 799 Seventh Avenue, 1907.
Form of Composition: aba
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh
Plate Number: SH 637-4
Subject: Portraits--Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Subject: Naval warfare
Subject: Sailing
Subject: Eating & drinking
Call No.: Box: 009 Item: 003a

Title: Anchors Aweigh. The Song of the Navy [includes original football chorus].
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: By Capt. Alfred H. Miles, U.S.N. (Ret.) and Chas. A. Zimmermann
U. S. N. Chas. A. Zimmermann Publication: n.p.: , Robbins Music Corporation.
Form of Composition: strophic
Instrumentation: piano and voice; guitar
First Line: Stand navy out to sea, Fight our battle cry
Advertisement: Ads on back cover and inside bottom margins for Robbins stock
Plate Number: SH 2581-4
Subject: National emblems
Subject: Patriotism
Subject: Sailors
Subject: Warfare
Subject: Travel
Subject: Football
Call No.: Box: 011 Item: 041
See also Anchors aweigh - Patriotic Melodies (Library of Congress), with sound recordings.

~Masato


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Subject: ADD: Anchors Aweigh (parody)
From: Tiger
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 03:24 PM

Dont Forget This One :)

Anchors, they weigh a lot,
And well they should.
Anchors are made of iron,
Seldom made of woo-oo-oo-ood.

Iron, it sinks a lot,
Wood's light and floats.
That's why the anchor's iron,
Wood's for building, wood's for building boats.


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 19 Jul 03 - 10:29 PM

Great stuff, Robert and MAsato!


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 04 - 02:49 PM

If you are still on line. I do not know the name of the movie, but it was I think a muscial and that is where the lyrics came from. It seems like Put the blame on Mame Boys or something like that. I want to say with Tony Curtis. Oldie huh.


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Subject: RE: Anchors Aweigh
From: Dave Masterson
Date: 13 Feb 07 - 04:04 AM

Can't help with the original query, but Arsenal Football Club had their 'official' club song set to the tune of Anchors Aweigh more years ago than I care to remember (probably back in the 30's)

Just go down the field again,
Just one more goal,
No other team can fight,
Like to boys in red and white,

Never let their Glory fade,
Long may they reign,
So let's all go out with,
Up the Gunners, up the Gunners, GOAL!


Catchy eh?


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