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Folklore: jodies

09 Nov 13 - 12:37 PM (#3574202)
Subject: Folklore: calling cadence
From: GUEST,Dani

You all may know this already, but I had fun reading this:

Everything's got a history!


09 Nov 13 - 01:01 PM (#3574212)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies

Great link, Dani.

09 Nov 13 - 08:03 PM (#3574282)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: Joe_F

I read long ago, and Google will confirm, that "Jody" is short for "Jody Grinder", a distortion of "Joe the Grinder", a generic name in prison & army for the man who is carrying on with your girl back home. "Grind" is slang for fuck.

09 Nov 13 - 08:51 PM (#3574285)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: Jeri

It is a great link, although I believe it's possible Lineberry sometimes tries too hard to find meaning when a line is just there.

I remember when I was in S Korea during joint exercises and hearing the (mostly) Army guys singing for PT. Also in Kuwait. I figured, because they usually only sang when they ran in these places, one would have to run along behind them with a tape recorder to collect the songs.

The nice thing about military cadences is they never have been, and likely never will be, influenced by collectors or folklorists. The songs pop up in enormous numbers and variation, and people sing whatever they want. So "Doo Wah Diddy" gets adopted because it's in "Stripes" and the guys like it, or somebody writes a whole new song and the guys like it. Of course, the standards will remain

10 Nov 13 - 05:27 PM (#3574496)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: GUEST,Dani

I have a cd of these, and they ARE recorded live. Here are some:

They're a snippet in time, of course, and you can tell the different guys they recorded have different collections in their heads.

It gives you an idea how HARD it must be to run, boots-and-pack, probably, and this guy is SINGING! BELTING, and making THEM sing! Now clap your hands! I actually use them when I run for an extra kick in the ass. They're short, and I have vowed never to stop running when one plays. Very motivational : )

Bet there's a book out there... would love to learn more about the evolution (folk process?) here throughout military history.


10 Nov 13 - 05:41 PM (#3574500)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: Charmion

One of my clearest memories from recruit school is trotting along a frozen road with my rifle and pack rattling and my breath sawing as we all sang " When the Red, Red Robin goes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along". It was our corporal's favourite, followed immediately by "Bye, Bye Blackbird" and several other bird-themed ditties. Singing while doubling was a traditional training technique used to keep us moving together while increasing our heart-lung efficiency.

We did not use jodies, however; that was a foreign practice frowned on in the Canadian Forces. Folk songs, pop songs, the sillier the better.

11 Nov 13 - 04:07 PM (#3574800)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: GUEST,Charmion's brother Andrew

Actually, it was filthy parodies of any catchy tune that the Canadian Forces encouraged, and the filthier the better. Mind you, in Shilo, Manitoba, after troops doubled by the construction engineers' building, we had to tone down our lyrics as a result of the complaints.

11 Nov 13 - 08:17 PM (#3574852)
Subject: RE: Folklore: jodies
From: GUEST,Dani

By doubling, you mean... how fast, exactly?!

Love it, Charmion : ) AND your brother's ps!