by Mort Walker
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, October 5, 1975. A military cadence is a call-and response chant sung by soldiers while marching or running.  The rhythm of these chants keeps the soldiers moving in step as a unit and serves to promote teamwork and camaraderie.  Typically, one soldier initiates a line and the others either complete it or repeat it.  A drummer usually sets the beat. Here are the words to one popular military cadence.

They Say That In The Army Cadence

They say that in the Army the coffee's mighty fine 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 hoo-hoo-hoooome EH! They say that in the Army the chow is mighty fine A chicken jumped off the table and started marking time Chorus: Oh Lord, I wanna go But they won't let me go Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH! They say that in the Army the biscuits are mighty fine One rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine Chorus: Oh Lord, I wanna go But they won't let me go Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH! They say that in the Army the training's might fine Last night there were ten of us, now there's only nine Chorus: Oh Lord, I wanna go But they won't let me go Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH! They say that in the Army the pay is mighty fine They give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine Chorus: Oh Lord, I wanna go But they won't let me go Oh Lord, I wanna go hoo-hoo-hoooome EH

Click on this link to hear the audio version of this chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FTVC7jMozI The Sunday page above shows a cadence march at Camp Swampy with Lt. Flap as the leader.  As General Halftrack observes, the men are having too much fun. Stop back next week to see the next installment from 1975 in our Timeline series. – Brian Walker

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