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U.S. Military Music

Below are some sources in the Music Department and on the Web for songs of the U.S. armed forces in both printed music (music scores) and sound recordings (mostly CDs). Words of first lines are given in some instances for clarification. The lyrics of some of the songs have been revised since they were first written to meet the changing times. For example: Instead of "caissons," it's the "Army" that now goes rolling along. The Army Air Corps is now the Air Force. And "Anchors Aweigh" began with different lyrics from what is most familiar today. When using a music score, check to make sure the version you are using is the one you want. When in doubt, check the online source. And please ask a librarian for help if you need it.

 

Air Force

U.S. Army Air Corps Song

"Off we go into the wild blue yonder..."

Choral and instrumental audio versions available online: Air Force Bands Programs. Click on "Recordings" and a pop-up window will appear to listen to the tracks.

Music Scores

Greatest American Songbook (r) q M1629 .G733 1991x

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
Kiss the Boys Goodbye [instrumental] CD: Po Kis 9455
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Sousa Marches: Stirring Marches of the USA Services [instrumental] CD: Bd Ban 37606

 

 

Army

Caisson Song

Also known as "The Caissons Go Rolling Along"
"Over hill over dale, we have hit the dusty trail..."

Words (updated, known as: "The Army Goes Rolling Along") and audio versions available online: The Army Song

Music Scores

[all of these have the old words: "The caissons go rolling along..."]

Greatest American Songbook (r) q M1629 .G733 1991x
Great Songs of Peace & Patriotism (r) q M1629 .G732 1991x [piano arrangement]
All-American Patriotic Song Book q M1629 .A419 1970zx
Music Americans Sing q M 784.8 W768
Let Us Have Music for Singing q M1619 .L424x
Heritage Songster q M 784.4 D16 or rq M1977.C5 H45x
America's Story in Song (r) q M1495 .A45

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Sousa Marches: Stirring Marches of the USA Services [instrumental] CD: Bd Ban 37606

 

Bugle calls ( Reveille, Taps, etc.)

Music Scores

Music Americans Sing q M 784.8 W768
Heritage Songster q M 784.4 D16 or rq M1977.C5 H45x
Basic Bugler MT 452 .J64 1995x
[music score with cassette tape]

Sound Recordings

Basic Bugler MT 452 .J64 1995x
[cassette tape with music score]
America’s Bugle Calls CD: Wp Far 35619
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158

Websites

Bugle Call Classifications The site indicates the daily sequence of bugle calls for the U.S. Military. An audio version and musical notation of each call is displayed.
Bugle Calls The U.S. Army Band site includes the daily and Sunday sequences of bugle calls. An audio version and musical notation of each call is displayed.

Books

Taps: Notes from a Nation’s Heart ML3551.S32 2002

 

 

Coast Guard

Semper Paratus (Coast Guard Marching Song)

Words and audio versions available online: Coast Guard Anthem

Music Scores

Music Americans Sing [melody and chords] q M 784.8 W768
Of Thee I Sing: Lyrics and Music for America's Most Patriotic Songs [has piano accompaniment] q M1629 .O27 2002x

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
U.S. Coast Guard Bicentennial, 1790-1990 [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 1657
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Sousa Marches; Stirring marches of the USA services [instrumental] CD: Bd Ban 37606

 

 

Marines

The Marine's Hymn

"From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli..."

Words, audio versions, and sheet music download available online: The Marines’ Hymn

Music Scores

Music Americans Sing q M 784.8 W768
Heritage Songster q M 784.4 D16 or rq M1977.C5 H45x
Great Songs of Peace & Patriotism (r) q M1629 .G732 1991x
Greatest American Songbook (r) q M1629 .G733 1991x
All-American Patriotic Song Book q M1629 .A419 1970zx
The Marine's Hymn [featured in the film "To the Shores of Tripoli," contains unique lyrics and an extra Trio music section] Available from the Music Department's Sheet Music file (by song title)

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Set Sail [instrumental] CD: An Set 20532
Sousa Marches: Stirring Marches of the USA Services [instrumental] CD: Bd Ban 37606

 

 

National Guard

I Guard America

Words, an audio version, and sheet music (PDF download) available online at the composer's website: James Rogers Sheet Music

Music Scores

Available from the Music Department's Sheet Music file (by song title)

 

 

Navy

The Navy Hymn

(Eternal Father) "Eternal Father, strong to save, ..."

Original words, alternate verses and audio versions are available online: United States Navy Band

Music Scores

Music Americans Sing q M 784.8 W768
Great Songs of Peace & Patriotism (r) q M1629 .G732 1991x
Hymns for Men (arranged for male quartets and choruses) q M2083 .H9 1959x vol. 2
All-American Patriotic Song Book q M1629 .A419 1970zx

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental and mixed chorus tracks] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Set Sail [men's chorus] CD: An Set 20532

 

Anchors Aweigh

The second verse of the revised lyrics is the most widely sung. Its first line: "Anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh..."

Original AND revised lyrics and audio versions available online: Anchors Aweigh

Music Scores

Greatest American Songbook [1st verse only of revised lyrics] (r) q M1629 .G733 1991x
30 Years, 30 Hits, No. 2 [2 verses of revised lyrics] q M 784.8 T367b
Greatest Songs of 1890-1920 [3 verses of revised lyrics] q M1630.18 .G7285 1990x
Robbins Folio of Popular Marches [piano arrangement] q M35 .R63 1935x
Anchors Aweigh [published with revised second verse printed first, bridge section and then original first verse] Available from the Music Department's Sheet Music file (by song title)

Sound Recordings

Spirit of Freedom [men's chorus] CD: Ch Was 36364
Battle Cry of Freedom [mixed chorus & orchestra] CD: An Bat 9089
Music for Honors and Ceremonies [instrumental] CD: Bd Uni 37158
Set Sail [men's chorus & instrumental versions] CD: An Set 20532
Sousa Marches: Stirring Marches of the USA Services [instrumental] CD: Bd Ban 37606

 

 

Miscellaneous Military Music

The following song collections contain songs for military ceremonies, songs that were taught to service men and women and humorous songs about military life including, "Pay-day! (That was his favorite call)."

Music Scores

Book of Navy Songs (r)q M 784.8 U253
G.I. Songs: Written, Composed and/or Collected by the Men in the Service M 784.8 P195
Give Out!: Songs of by and for the Men in Service r 784.8 P84
Legion Airs: Songs of the Armed Forces M 784.8 P35a2
Of Thee I Sing: Lyrics and Music for America's Most Patriotic Songs q M1629 .O27 2002x
Songs My Mother Never Taught Me (r) 784.8 N35
Songs of the Air Corps: for Voice and Piano (r)qM 784.8 S6989
"Sound Off!" Soldier Songs from the Revolution to World War II (r)M 784.8 D69a
"Sound Off!" Soldier Songs from Yankee Doodle to Parley Voo (r)qM 784.8 D69
War Songs: a Collection of Songs of the Nation r M1629.3.M3 W3 1906x