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Caissons Song
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Caissons
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The tune of 'As The Caissons Go Rolling Along',
was also used for the 'Army' song, which follows
As a lieutenant in the Fifth Field Artillery, Edmund Louis Gruber wrote the "Caissons
Song" during service in the Philippines, while waiting in the field for the rest of the
approaching caissons which were carrying ammunition. The sounds of the wagons and
the men’s shouts of "keep ‘em rolling!" inspired Gruber to write the words and music for
"The Caissons Go Rolling Along."
Over hill, over dale
As we hit the dusty trail,
And the Caissons go rolling along.
In and out, hear them shout,
Counter march and right about,
And the Caissons go rolling along.

Then it's hi! hi! hee!
In the field artillery,
Shout out your numbers loud and strong,
For where e'er you go,
You will always know
That the Caissons go rolling along.

In the storm, in the night,
Action left or action right
See those Caissons go rolling along
Limber front, limber rear,
Prepare to mount your cannoneer
And those Caissons go rolling along.

Then it's hi! hi! hee!
In the field artillery,
Shout out your numbers loud and strong,
For where e'er you go,
You will always know
That the Caissons go rolling along
That the Caissons go rolling along
That the Caissons go rolling along.

A longer version included this;

Was it high, was it low,
Where the hell did that one go?
As those Caissons go rolling along
Was it left, was it right,
Now we won't get home tonight
And those Caissons go rolling along.

Then it's hi! hi! hee!
In the field artillery,
Shout out your numbers loud and strong,
For where e'er you go,
You will always know
That the Caissons go rolling along.
That the Caissons go rolling along.
That the Caissons go rolling along.
Army Song

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
(2! 3!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

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.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong
(2! 3!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along
That The Army Goes Rolling Along
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

A longer version included this;

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.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong
(2! 3!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.