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Monday, May 20, 2013

Rock Steady Military Cadences (with sound files & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents four examples of the "Rock Steady" military cadence. Brief informational excerpts about the history & purposes of military cadences is also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

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INFORMATION ABOUT MILITARY CADENCES
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_cadence
"In the armed services, a military cadence or cadence call is a traditional call-and-response work song sung by military personnel while running or marching. In the United States, these cadences are sometimes called jody calls or jodies, after Jody, a recurring character who figures in some traditional cadences."

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From http://markjcreative.com/sites/basic/basic/week03/smedia/dod/cadejuke.htm
"History of Cadences

Dating back to the Revolutionary War, the Army cadence has been an important tradition that has withstood the test of time. Used to motivate, inspire and keep the Soldiers' steps in time, cadences foster a cohesive company while at the same time handing down the rich oral traditions of the U.S. Army. In addition, cadences help the Soldiers by controlling and strengthening their breathing during the strenuous marches and runs."

Click this page of my cocojams website for more information about and more examples of military cadences: http://cocojams.com/content/military-cadences-other-cadences

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
Example #1:
ROCK STEADY (Example #1)
Rock me, Rock me, Rock, Rock steady,
Roll me, Roll me, Roll me ready,
We’re gonna Rock,
Rock,
All night long,
We’re gonna Roll,
Roll,
'Til the break of dawn.
We’re gonna swing it,
Swing it,
'Til we wanna go home.
We’re gonna shake it,
Shake it,
'Til your twilight zone,
We’re gonna Rock
Rock,
Roll,
Roll,
Get,
Stay,
Ready, Ready
Ready, Ready
- retrieved from http://markjcreative.com/sites/basic/basic/week03/smedia/dod/cadejuke.htm
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The title of the "Rock Steady" military cadence was probably inspired by the 1987 song "Rock Steady" by the Whispers and not the 1971 song with the same title by Aretha Franklin. Notice that in this particular example the line "rock all night long" is similar to the Whispers' "Rockin to the break of dawn" line.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2013/05/examples-of-comments-about-aretha.html for a post on my pancocojams blog about the Whispers' song "Rock Steady" and the 1971 Aretha Franklin song with that same title.

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Example #2: ROCK STEADY (Example #2)
[This is a call & response chant. The squad repeats what the drill sergeant says. Notice the slight change in this instruction found in this example after the word "response" in brackets.]

Rock me, Rock me, Rock, Rock steady,
Roll me, Roll me, Roll me ready,
We’re gonna rock,
All night long,
We’re gonna Roll,
'Til the break of dawn.
We’re gonna swing it,
'Til we wanna go home.
We’re gonna shake it,
'Til the twilight zone,
We’re gonna rock
Rock,
Roll,
Get,
Stay,
Ready,
Ready
Ah We are ready,
I said we are ready ready ready
[Response] -we are ready ready ready
Shake rattle and roll everybody
Shake rattle and roll everybody
Hoah
Ha ha
Hoah
Ha Ha
Here we go
Here we go
Here we go
Here we go
Left right layo*
Left right layo
Madea said layo**
Had a tough time
I said left right layo
Whole lot of layo
Madea said layo
Had a double time
-unmotivated, Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008
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Transcription by Azizi Powell. Additions and corrections are welcome.
*I'm unsure if the word "layo" is correct.
**I'm unsure if the word "Madea" is correct. "Madea" is African American English referent that is a combination of the words "mother dear".
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Thanks for the correction, Y Y!
Here's that sound file:

US Airborne Cadence (Rock Steady)



unmotivated, Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008

US Airborne Cadence (Rock Steady)

Run To Cadence with the US Army Airborne Vol. 2
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My transcription begins at .30.

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Example #3: ROCK STEADY (Example #3)
This is a call & response chant. The squad repeats what the drill sergeant says. Notice the slight change in this instruction found in this example after the word response in brackets.

Rock

Steady

Roll

Ready

Rock your body body
Rock your body body


Now roll your body body
Roll your body body

[Reponse] Roll your body body
Roll your body [All the similar responses start with the verb, using this same pattern]

Now slide your body body
Slide your body body

Now glide your body body
Glide your body body

And don’t beat your body body
Beat your body body

And don’t cheat your body body
Cheat your body body

And don’t peep your body body
Peep your body body

Rock

Steady

Roll

Ready

The day I was born
I rocked I rocked steady

I jumped up and down
I rock, I rock steady

I turned all around
I rock, I rock steady

I moved in the aisle
and rock, rock steady

This here army don’t need no LAZY man.

One of these days we may have to go to war again.

And when we get there we have to be ready.
Do it on your left foot and do it steady.

Hard core.

Motivated.

Dedicated

Stimulated.

Percolated

Hooah!

Ha Ha!

Hooah!

Ha Ha!
- posted by LordJamesVI, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2011
Additions and corrections welcome.
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Here's that sound file:

US Army Cadence: Rock Steady



LordJamesVI, Uploaded on Feb 24, 2011

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Example #4: ROCK STEADY
Rock, (reply) ROCK!
steady, (reply) STEADY!
Roll, (reply) ROLL!
Ready (reply) READY! - sometimes I use EASY here instead of READY. Or sometimes after they say ROLL, I will scream, "I can't here you!" then go back to the "Rock" at the beginning.

You've got the right, the right to rock steady, ( reply is the same )

You've got the right to ROLL when you're ready, ( reply is the same )

(then you say the top part again twice)

Rock, Rock, Steady, Steady Charlie Rock is always ready! ( reply is same)
Rock, Rock Steady, Steady 1st Platoon is always ready! ( reply is same)

That's about all I can recall right now. If I think of anymore I'll add it. Feel free to insert your own words as well. I do it all the time! LOL

Hope this helps!
-DS2000 (Baumholder, Germany), 01 November 2003, http://community.armystudyguide.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/9651093521/m/2181065521

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to the composers of these military cadencees. Thanks also to all those who valiantly and ethically serve in the armed services. Thanks to the YouTube publishers of these sound files and to those who I have quoted.


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting. I gotta start practice this- I like the first one.

    But correction- the line at the end of the first one, "Had a tough time."

    It's "double time."

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    1. Thanks, J Y for that correction.

      I added it to the post.

      Best wishes!

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    2. That 'layo' is just a a stretched out 'left'. Left Right Leffffttt

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    3. Thanks for your comment , anonymous!

      It took me a while to figure that "'layo' in those cadences is just a stretched out 'left'". But I like the way "layo" sounds better than the way a stretched out left sounds with the "f" sound ending.

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