Marine Hymn lyrics and sheet music in three keys. This free lead sheet of the Marine's Hymn has three verses of lyrics, and chords.
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" page of 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:
Here is a link to a good version of the US Marine Corps Band playing this song (thanks, Jasper!).
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:
"If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines!"
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