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"Life in the Army," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation on the second half of the first beat (& of 1)
and an ascending tonic arpeggio.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Traditional
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 4/4
  • Form: AB – verse/refrain
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti ti ti ti ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti ta/ ti | syncopation,
    | ta/ ti ti ti ti ti | syncopation, | ta ta ta/ (ti) |
    | ti ta ti ti ti ta | syncopation, | ta/a/a (ti) ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: beginners: So/Do (P4), Ti\So (m3), So/Re (P5), Do\La (m3), So/Do/Mi(ti)/So8ascending tonic arpeggio (I, G), So8\Mi (m3), Re/So8 (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, tonic arpeggio, verse/refrain
  • Key Words: USA history, Armed Services, military song, camp song, scout song, biscuits, mighty fine, rolled, killed, friend, coffee, mud, water, tastes, iodine, chicken, drumsticks, beating time, enough, army life, gee me, hey me, I wanna go home
  • Recorder: intermediate: introducing F sharp, ascending tonic arpeggio

“Life in the Army” 

1. The biscuits in the army they say are mighty fine,
But one rolled off the table and killed a friend of mine,
Oh, I have had enough of army life,
Gee Ma, I wanna go,
Hey ma, I got to go,
Gee Ma, I wanna go home.
The coffee in the army they say is mighty fine,
It looks like mud and water and tastes like iodine,
3. The chicken in the army they say is mighty fine,
But once two drumsticks got up and started keeping time,
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