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.
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 (Here is where to go to buy a download of that performance, on an album called "Unmarked Car" at Itunes:
And I really like this short and unusual version of The Marine's Hymn, sung by men (the best way to hear this song!):
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.
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:
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