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"The Marine's Hymn," Lyrics, Text Format

Syncopation in 2/2, cut time, tonic octave skip
Do/Do, tonic arpeggios, subdominant arpeggio, and eight
measure phrases promote breath support for voice and recorder.



  • Grade: Fifth
  • Origin: USA – Marine Corps Hymn, circa. 1917
    music: Jacques Offenbach’s “Geneviève de Brabant,” revised 1867
  • Key: C Major
  • Time: 2/2 cut time
  • Form: AABbA
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta ta | ta/ ti | syncopation, | ti ta/ | syncopation, | ta/a |
    | ta (ta) ta ta | ta ti ti | ta (ta) ti/ ri | syncopation,
    | ta ti/ ri | syncopation
  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, C), So/Do8 (P4) Do8\So\Mi descending tonic arpeggio (I, C), Do/Do8 ascending tonic octave skip, La\Fa (M3), Fa/La/Do ascending subdominant arpeggio (IV, F), So/Do8\So (P4)
  • Musical Elements: notes: whole, dotted half, half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; rest: quarter; pickup beat, tied notes, 2/2 – cut time syncopation, tonic octave skip, tonic arpeggios, subdominant arpeggio, eight measure phrases promote breath support
  • Key Words: USA history, USA Armed Services, US Marines, Marine Corps Hymn, “Rhymes of the Rookies” published in 1917 by W.E. Christian, world history/geography: Jacques Offenbach ( 1819-1880) German Romantic composer, Halls of Montezuma, Tripoli, patriotism, patriot, freedom, honor, proud, claim, title, United States Marines, unfurled, breeze, dawn, tropic scenes, always, health, serve, strife, nerve, Army, Navy, guarded; contractions: flag’s (flag is) , here’s (here is), we’ve (we have); abbreviations: clime (climate) , possessive: Heaven’s
  • Recorder: intermediate: C/C tonic octave skip, C/E/G, C\G\E tonic arpeggios, and F/A/C subdominant arpeggio, note: eight measure phrases promote breath support

“The Marine’s Hymn”
From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean:
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
3. Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
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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