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Alexander Meyer
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tc237 wrote:

I'm just a Dog Faced Soldier with a rifle on my shoulder
and I eat raw meat for breakfast every day.


Those lines were a bit different when this song was written in 1942:

I’m just a Dogface Soldier with a rifle on my shoulder,
And I eat a Kraut for breakfast every day.
(quoted from http://www.dogfacesoldiers.org/info/dogface.htm)
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Iskandir wrote:
tc237 wrote:

I'm just a Dog Faced Soldier with a rifle on my shoulder
and I eat raw meat for breakfast every day.


Those lines were a bit different when this song was written in 1942:

I’m just a Dogface Soldier with a rifle on my shoulder,
And I eat a Kraut for breakfast every day.
(quoted from http://www.dogfacesoldiers.org/info/dogface.htm)


Even the Army is getting soft and PC on us.
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For some reason I can't recall, I once memorized the last stanza of Das Panzerlied, but none of the other stanzas. . .

Und läßt uns im Stich einst das treulose Glück,

Und kehren wir nicht mehr zur Heimat zurück,

Trifft uns die Todeskugel, ruft uns das Schicksal ab,

Ja, Schicksal ab,

Dann wird uns der Panzer ein ehernes Grab.



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William Barnett-Lewis
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I can remember quite a few from the earl '80s... I won't repeat them in public though devil Some of them even got us in trouble then... whistle
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Men of Harlech, stop your dreaming
Can't you see their spearpoints gleaming.
See their warrior pennants streaming
To this battlefield.

Men of Harlech, stand ye steady
It shall not be ever said we
For the battle were not ready
Stand and never yield!

On the hills rebounding, let this war cry sounding
Summon all and stand ye tall, a mighty force surrounding

Men of Harlech run to glory
This shall ever be your story
Keep these burning words before ye:
Welshman, shall not yield!


Yeah, I watch "Zulu" A LOT.

(These are the lyrics I recall from memory, from the movie. I understand the original lyrics are significantly different -- and there are several versions -- and the song much longer.)
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We're off to outer space
We're leaving Mother Earth
To save the human race
Our Star Blazers

Searching for a distant star
Heading off to Iscandar
Leaving all we love behind
Who knows what danger we'll find?

We must be strong and brave
Our home we've got to save
If we don't in just one year
Mother Earth will disappear

Fighting with the Gamilons
We won't stop until we've won
Then we'll return and when we arrive
The Earth will survive
With our Star Blazers

Wait, what are we talking about?
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There was a young man from Nantucket...
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When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius!
Aquarius!



Still on the topic, yes?
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Tequila

(repeat)

(repeat, loudly)
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The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you'll find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" cried the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!"
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Ernest Schubert
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When you're left for dead on the Afgan Plains.
And the women come out to cut up your remains.
Roll on your rifle and blow out your brains.
And go to your God like a Soldier.

and...

A Snyder squibbed in the jungle.
Someone laughed and fled.
And the men of the 1st Sikharis.
Picked up their subaltern...dead.
With a round purple hole in his forehead.
And the back blown out of his head.

Ahhh, Kipling.

All the life's gone from this picture.
The place is silent as a tomb.
Father's penis has a stricture.
Mother has a fallen womb.

The maid has constipation.
Never laughs and seldom smiles.
Hates her dismal occupation.
Crushing ice for Grandpa's piles.
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David Heldt
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Two panzer jocks in the South Seas hoping that soon they'll get lei'd--
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ONE: Down at the roadblock, we've just begun.
TWO: The guards are through.
THREE: The Major's men are on a spree.
FOUR: The Major and Wladislaw go through the door.
FIVE: Pinkley stays out in the drive.
SIX: The Major gives the rope a fix.
SEVEN: Wladislaw throws the hook to heaven.
EIGHT: Mayonnaise has got a date.
NINE: The other guys go up the line.
TEN: Sawyer and Gilpin are in the pen.
ELEVEN: Posey guards points five and seven.
TWELVE: Wladislaw and the Major go down to the delve.
THIRTEEN: Franco climbs up without being seen.
FOURTEEN: Zero Hour, and Mayonnaise cuts the cable, Franco cuts the phone.
FIFTEEN: Franco goes in where the others have been.
SIXTEEN: We all come out like it's Halloween--
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Awesome, davepanzer!
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Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.
Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.
Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some.
Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.
Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.
Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.
Rangers lead the way.
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From my time with the Marines in Vietnam...

"Jingle bells, mortar shells, VC in the grass,"
"take your Merry Christmas and shove it up your _SS!"
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WillT wrote:
Awesome, davepanzer!

I can't get a job, but I can recite the count-off from The Dirty Dozen. Just another reminder that my life has been utterly wasted--
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melchett wrote:
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius
Aquarius!
Aquarius!



Still on the topic, yes?


I always preferred:

We starve; look; at one another, short of breath
walking proudly in our winter coats
Wearing smells from laboratories
Facing a dying nation
Of moving paper fantasy
Listening for the new told lies
With supreme visions of lonely tunes...

"The Flesh Failures/Let The Sunshine In" - HAIR

Not the tone you'd expect from the tone of the second part of the song.
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tc237 wrote:
Unit Song's and Motto's


Sorry for the derailment.

I didn't volunteer for the Armed Forces (I did register, however), so I don't have a unit song.
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"Ode of Xe"

Well, come on all of you big strong men
"Uncle Sam" needs your help again
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Afghanistan
Put down your books and pick up a gun
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun!

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn
Next stop is Afghanistan

And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates
Well, there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! THEY're all gonna die!

Now, come on "Wall Street", don't be slow
Why man, this is WAR!-a-"go-go"
There's plenty good money to be made
Supplying the Army with the tools of the trade
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb
They drop it on the "Tal-i-ban!"!

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn
MY next stop is Afghanistan

And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! THEY're all gonna die!

Now, come on Generals, let's move fast!
Your big chance is HERE at last
Now you can go out and get those 'terrists
`cause the only good DEATH is the one that's 'tremists
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to "Kingdom come"!
SING IT!

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn
Next stop is Afghanistan

And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates
Well, there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! THEY're all gonna die!

Now, come on mothers throughout the land
Pack your boys off to Afghanistan
Come on fathers, don't hesitate
Send 'em off before it's too late!
Be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box!
alright!

one, two, three,
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn
the next stop is Afghanistan

And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates
Well, there ain't no time to wonder WHY
Whoopee! THEY're all gonna die!
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Over the Hills and Far Away

Here's forty shillings on the drum for those who volunteer to come
To 'list and fight the foe today - Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main, Through Flanders Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey - Over the hills and far away

When duty calls me I must go, to stand and face another foe
But part of me will always stray - Over the Hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main, Through Flanders Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey - Over the hills and far away

If I should fall to rise no more, as many comrades did before
Then ask the fifes and drums to play - Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main, Through Flanders Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey - Over the hills and far away

The fall in lads behind the drum. With colours blazing like the sun
Along the road to come what may - Over the hills and far away

O'er the hills and o'er the main, Through Flanders Portugal and Spain
King George commands and we obey - Over the hills and far away




Thank you Bernard Cornwell for many hours of pleasurable reading with Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper.
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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army




A few months ago I translated this poem to Esperanto as an exercise in preserving the rhythm and rhyme scheme...

En flandraj kampoj blovas vent'
papavojn tra la tombsilent',
najbaro vice ĉe najbar';
ankoraŭ kantas alaŭdar'
dum sube pafas regiment'.

Ni kuŝas mortaj en turment',
sen vid' de sun' en firmament',
sen am', ni kuŝas sur rempar'
en flandra kamp'.

Batalu daŭre kun prudent';
la torĉon ni kun velka sent'
transdonas. Ne perfidu ĉar
al mortaj ni sur papavar'
ne venus dorm', sed nur lament'
en flandra kamp'.
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He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright,
as he checked all his equipment and made sure his pack was tight.
He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar,
and he ain't gonna' jump no more....
Gory, gory what a hell of a way to die...
gory, gory what a hell of a way to die....
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Left, left. left right left
Left, left. left right left
My pack is heavy my boots are tight
My balls are swinging from left to right
Left, left. left right left
Left, left. left right left
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This was always my favorite...

A yellow bird,
with a yellow bill,
was sitting on,
my window sill,
I lured him in,
with a piece of bread,
and then I smashed,
his fucking head!


My favorite Jody, for sure!
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There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum, selenium
And hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium
And nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium
And iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium
Europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium
And lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium
And gold and protactinium and indium and gallium
And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium

There's yttrium, ytterbium, actinium, rubidium
And boron, gadolinium, niobium, iridium
And strontium and silicon and silver and samarium
And bismuth, bromine, lithium, beryllium, and barium

There's holmium and helium and hafnium and erbium
And phosphorus and francium and fluorine and terbium
And manganese and mercury, molybdenum, magnesium
Dysprosium and scandium and cerium and cesium
And lead, praseodymium, and platinum, plutonium
Palladium, promethium, potassium, polonium
And tantalum, technetium, titanium, tellurium
And cadmium and calcium and chromium and curium

There's sulfur, californium, and fermium, berkelium
And also mendelevium, einsteinium, nobelium
And argon, krypton, neon, radon, xenon, zinc, and rhodium
And chlorine, carbon, cobalt, copper, tungsten, tin, and sodium

These are the only ones of which
The news has come to Harvard
And there may be many others
But they haven't been discovered.
 
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