Selected Marching Cadences
In the Army...
They say that in the Army, the coffee's mighty fine;
But it Looks like muddy water and tastes like turpentine.
Chorus: Oh Lord, I wanna go
But they won't let me go
Oh Lord, I wanna go ho-ooo-hooome YEAH!
They say that in the Army the chow is mighty fine;
But a chicken jumped off the table and started marking time.
They say that in the Army the biscuits are mighty fine;
one rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine.
They say that in the Army the training is mighty fine;
last night there were ten of us, there there's only nine
They say that in the Army, the pay is mighty fine;
but they give you a hundred dollars and take back 99.
Around her hair she wore a yellow ribbon,
She wore it in the Springtime, in the early month of May.
And if you asked her why the heck she wore it...
She'd say she wore it for her soldier who was far, far away...
Chorus: (Caller) -> "Far Away"
(Group) -> "Far Away"
(Caller) -> "She wore it for the soldier who was far far away."
(Group) -> "She wore it for the soldier who was far, far away."
Around the block, she pushed a baby carriage.
She pushed it in the spring time in the early month of May.
And if you asked her why the heck she pushed it...
She'd say she pushed it for her soldier who was far, far away.
Behind the door, her father kept a shotgun.
He kept it in the spring time, in the early month of May.
And if you asked him why the heck he kept it...
He'd say he kept it for the soldier who was far far away.
Selected Running Cadences
1 mile - No sweat
2 mile - better yet
3 mile - Gotta run
4 mile - Just for fun
come on - let's go
We can go - through the snow
we can run - to the sun
we train - in the rain.
A - I
R - B
O - R
N - E
Can you be - Like me?
Airborne - Infantry
Chuck Norris (sung to "Airborne Ranger")
I see the bearded ninja
Alone upon the hill...
His name is Chuck Norris
and kill I know he will...
Chorus: Chuck No-orr-rr-iss
(Chuck, Chuck, chuck he's the man!)
Round hou-ou-ou-se kick!
(Chuck, chuck, chuck, he's the man!)
Now Chuck's not a surgeon
But he knows some tricks
the quickest way to a man's heart
is with Chuck Norris' fists.
If you get out of line
Chuck will put you in your place
the power of a roundhouse kick
can be seen from outer space
If you can see chuck Norris
then he can see you.
If you can not see him,
he's probably right behind you.
Don't break the law in Texas
You'll put yourself in Danger.
Chuck Norris' twin brother
is Walker, Texas Ranger.
He doesn't have a chin,
but should still be feared.
legend tells of a third fist,
behind he magnificent beard.
When calling Cadence, remember to call it on your left foot.
Don't match your step to the group. The cadence caller is always the one who is correct.
Practice calling cadence when you run on your own
Calling Cadence helps regulate breathing and maintain a steady pace.
It's okay to improvise. Just remember your audience when you come up with new lyrics.
School (or unit) specific cadences can be great morale boosters. However, if you're going to have a mixed group, be prepared for not everyone to know your schools cadence. Know the "base" ones to have as a fall back.
Cadences should be loud, by both the caller and the group. Remember, you are projecting your voice forward, so those in the rear have to hear you.
No matter how loud you think you are, speak up, you still aren't loud enough.