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Doan sings the Army fight song — radio gold!

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Update: I got a correction from Doan. Read that below.
Lurita Doan

Lurita Doan

So some had tried to make it out as if Lurita Doan, for former GSA administrator, and I have some kind of tiff — for the record, we don’t. But I will say that she is always entertaining — she was gold for a magazine editor, and she has been radio gold for Federal News Radio.

Doan, who now does commentary on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris, was on this morning… and apparently Lurita is a big Army fan, so…

She sang the Army fight song this morning. It is radio gold. You can hear it here.

Update: I got an e-mail from Doan correcting me on the song that I pointed to…

I got a call about your blog and your confusion about the lyrics to the Army Fight Song.

Just to set the record straight…the song I sang on FedNewsRadio (albeit WAY off key) was indeed the Army Fight Song and you will hear it being sung by West Point Cadets at every opportunity and especially after every Army score. Here’s a well sung version of the Army Fight Song off the West Point website.

You may want to update your blog because there is a “Long, Gray Line” of West Point grads who are pretty particular about their songs. Don’t mess with their mule either!

What you posted is the Official Army song, “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” which is another wonderful tune but something completely different. I am something of an authority on Army songs and ditties (grandfather was a Buffalo soldier, father was in Army for WWII and Korean War and husband is a West Point grad) and I could go into even greater length if you want to learn even more….You would love “Benny Havens , Oh” and maybe even my personal favorites “Slum and Gravy” and “Army Blue”.

In fact, I feel almost as strongly about Army songs as I do about procurement issues and will always help to set the record straight.

Read the rest of my original post after the break.

Here is what I wrote before…

If you want to compare and contrast… from the Army band’s Web site… if, for some reason, you can’t follow along with Doan’s lyrics…

Verse: March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free.
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory.
We’re the Army and proud of our name!
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim:

First Chorus: 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.

Refrain: Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong;
For where’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Second Chorus: 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.

Refrain: (same as above)

Third Chorus: (slower, more freely)
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.

Refrain: Then it’s hi! hi! hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong; (two! three!)
For where’er we go,
You will always know
That THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG! (keep it rolling!)
And THE ARMY GOES ROLLING ALONG!

Again… hear the Lurita Doan version here

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Written by cdorobek

December 2, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Posted in Federal News Radio, Off-topic

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