This free lead sheet of the Marine's Hymn has three verses of lyrics, and chords.
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
Plain block chords and chord inversions work well with this lead sheet, because it sounds good with a thick and vigorous texture.
For an example of what I mean, look at the "Key of C" PDF, downloadable on the"12 Major Scales and Chords" pageof my site. See the top line of the printout, with the I-IV-V chords and inversions.
The history of the Marine's Hymn
Wikipedia has quite a bit of Marine Corps History, including information about this song:
"The 'Marines' Hymn' is the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. It is the oldest official song in the United States military. The 'Marines' Hymn' is typically sung at the position of attention as a gesture of respect. However, the third verse is also used as a toast during formal events, such as the birthday ball and other ceremonies."
And look at this really great video of a little guy trying on his dad's uniform, interspersed with scenes of his dad & other Marines.
And I really like this short and unusual version of The Marine's Hymn, sung by men (the best way to hear this song!):
The Marines are "the toughest"
My father was a Marine in the Korean War. He said when the war started, he didn't wait to get drafted, but joined up -- and joined the Marines "because they were the toughest."
Well, my dad was pretty tough all right! Sometimes he'd sing these Marine Hymn lyrics to me and my brothers and sisters, though he never really wanted to talk about his time in Korea as an artillery gunner and instructor. The older he got, the more he wished to reconnect with old comrades-in-arms.
Guarding the streets of Heaven!
I know there were special bonds between him and those other Marines, though he couldn't - or wouldn't - put it into words.
I love the last phrases of the third verse of the Marine's Hymn - you can't help but smile:
This beautiful song book for piano & voice "Esther, For Such a Time as This", available as a digital download, tells the riveting story of the time when Jews in ancient Persia faced a foe named Haman, and how a brave young queen risked her life to save her people.
A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theater production, or a class of children!
This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.
Anna Lee: What a fabulous website! I've been a keen amateur piano player since I first learnt 56 years ago at the age of 8.
I now have a three year old granddaughter and am hoping fervently that she'll want to learn - at which point I'll teach her. This is just the kind of resource I'll need to make it comprehensible. Thank you very much.
Kim in Washington: My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much. Dana: That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me! Thanks for writing, Kim!
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