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"The Caissons Go Rolling Along," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation in 2/2 (cut) time and an
ascending diminished fourth (d4) La/Re.


  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: England – Edmond L. Gruber
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/2 – cut time
  • Form: AB
  • Rhythm: advanced: | ta ti ti | ti/ ri ti ti | syncopation, ti ta ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a_|_/ (ti) ti ti | ti ti ti ti | ta/a_|_a ti ti | (_=tie)
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re
  • Intervals: advanced: So\Mi/So (x7, m3), Fa\Re (m3), Re/So (P4), So/Do (P4), Do\So (P4), Do\La (m3), La/Re8 (d4, diminished fourth), Re8\So (P5)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, two double barlines, syncopation, cut time, reading cut time
  • Key Words: world geography: England; world history: World War I, caisson (two-wheeled cart designed to carry artillery ammunition), counter march (reverse direction maintaining order), right-about, military drills, soldier formations, wagon soldiers, Field Artillery (canons, guns), contraction: it’s (it is), where’er (where ever)

The tune was later used by the United States Armed Services: “The Army Goes Rolling Along.”

“The Caissons Go Rolling Along”
“The Caisson Song”

1. Over hill, over dale,
We have hit the dusty trail,
As those caissons go rolling along.”Counter march! right-about!”
Hear those wagon soldiers shout,
As those caissons go rolling along.
For it’s hi! hi! hee! in the Field Artillery,
Call off you numbers loud and strong.
And where’re we go, you will always know
That those caissons go rolling along.
Yes, those caissons go rolling along.
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