The Army Goes Rolling Along (United States Army Ceremonial Band)
United States Army
Composer: Gruber, Edmund
Performer: United States Army Ceremonial Band
Publisher: United States Army
Taken from cd entitled: "American Spirit." by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, track 15.
The Army Goes Rolling Along was written originally by First Lieutenant Edmund L. Gruber, when he was stationed at Fort Stotsenburg in the Philippines in March, 1908. It was then known as the "Caisson Song" and tells of activities in a field artillery battery that was drawn by horses.
In 1917, John Philip Sousa transformed it into a march and renamed the "Field Artillery Song."
In 1956, the Army adopted it as its official song and was retitled "The Army Goes Rolling Along." Secretary of the Army Wilber Marion Brucker dedicated the music on Veterans Day, November 11, 1956.
"The Army Goes Rolling Along" is played after every U.S. Army ceremony and soldiers stand and sing along with the music.
The Army Goes Rolling Along
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The U.S. Army Song
Verse: March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free. Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory. We’re the Army and proud of our name! We’re the Army and proudly proclaim: First Chorus: 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. Refrain: Then it’s hi! hi! hey! The Army’s on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong; For where’er we go, You will always know That The Army Goes Rolling Along. Second Chorus: Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks, San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks, And the Army went rolling along. Minute men, from the start, Always fighting from the heart, And the Army keeps rolling along. Refrain: (same as above) Third Chorus: (slower, more freely) Men in rags, men who froze, Still that Army met its foes, And the Army went rolling along. Faith in God, then we’re right, And we’ll fight with all our might, As the Army keeps rolling along. Refrain: Then it’s hi! hi! hey! The Army’s on its way. Count off the cadence loud and strong; (two! three!) For where’er we go, You will always know That THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG! (keep it rolling!) And THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG!
1908 Original Caisson Song
Over hill over dale we have hit the dusty trail As our caissons go rolling along. Up and down, in and out, Countermarch and right about, And our caissons go rolling along. For it's hi-hi-hee in the Field Artillery, Shout out the number loud and strong (2-3) Till our final ride, It will always be our pride To keep those caissons a rolling along. (Keep them rolling - keep them rolling) Keep those caissons a rolling along.