American Service Songs


Marines: The Marines' Hymn
Navy:
Anchors Aweigh

Air Force:
The Wild Blue Yonder

Army:
The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Coast Guard: Semper Paratus


Marines: The Marines' Hymn

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles on the land as on the sea.
Admiration of the nation,
We're the finest ever seen,
And we glory in the title
Of United States Marine.

New words:

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.

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Navy: Anchors Aweigh

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

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Air Force: The Wild Blue Yonder

Off we go into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high into the sun;
Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder
At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun. (Give 'er the gun, now!)
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
Off with one hell of a roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame, Hey!
Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps! [U. S. Air Force!]

Bridge: "A Toast to the Host"

Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!

Zoom!

Off we go into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true;
If you'd live to be a grey-haired wonder
Keep the nose out of the blue! (Out of the blue, boy!)
Flying men, guarding the nation's border,
We'll be there, followed by more!
In echelon we carry on. Hey!
Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!

Words in parentheses are shouted, not sung.

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Army: The Caissons Go Rolling Along

Over hill, over dale,
we have hit the dusty trail
And those caissons go rolling along. 
Countermarch, right about,
Hear those wagon soldiers shout,
While those caissons go rolling along.
For it's hi! hi! hee! in the Field Artillery,
Sound off your numbers loud and strong.
And where'er we go, you will always know
That those caissons are rolling along.

New words:
First to fight for the right,
and to build the Nation's might,
and the Army goes rolling along.
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle's won,
And the Army goes rolling along.
Then it's hi! hi! hey! The Army's on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong!
For where-e'er we go, you will always know
that the Army goes rolling along.

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Coast Guard: Semper Paratus

From North and South and East and West,
The Coast Guard's in the fight.
Destroying subs and landing troops,
The Axis feels our might.
For we're the first invaders,
On every fighting field.
Afloat, ashore, on men and Spars,
You'll find the Coast Guard shield.

Chorus:

We're always ready for the call,
We place our trust in Thee.
Through howling gale and shot and shell,
To win our victory.
"Semper Paratus" is our guide,
Our pledge, our motto, too.
We're "Always Ready," do or die!
Aye! Coast Guard, we fight for you.

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