modern lyrics by Don Farrar, 2009
composed by John Philip Sousa - 1889, original lyrics by Charles Burr
Who's making all the noise?
It's just the Marching Boys!
Let's all go out to greet them as they tramp along the street!
"Semper Fidelis" is the song that we sing as we go marching
Over land and everywhere; yes, even flying in the air.
We're always marching, even though we got heavy boots beneath us
And a forty-pound pack on our back, all because we must be
Prepared to attack!
We're happy fella's as we're marching ahead; we may get blisters
But we're manly sons o'bitches; even though our feet need stitches,
We keep marching to the beat of the drum. When all seems lost you see us
Forging ahead to the front. It's because for Marines,
There's no turning back!
It's a wonderful thing to see us march for you!
What a fabulous sight to view,
Such a beautiful line of blue!
And forever we'll keep the faith you've brought us forth;
To defend all the borders our nation can see,
Both south and north!
We will ever be faithful, true and, oh, so bold,
When the weather is freezing cold,
It can make us all feel so old,
But forget it, we're young and foolish anyway,
You can count on us all to be "Semper Fidel-
Is" ev'ry day! Hey!
Don't you know the Marines are marching,
When you can hear this song?
So, when all of the boys are marching,
Sing as they march along.
Yes, we know the Marines are coming!
Everyone sing along!
As we hear how the drums are thrumming,
Welcome the marching throng!
You can see as they pass before us,
Shoulders square, heads held high;
That the pride of the Corps is glorious,
Hail to our "Semper Fi!"
But only one can come "E Pluribus"
No one can worry us if you are sure of us,
We know this song won't be superfluous
If it gets more of us to join The Corps.
We always knew there'd be a Corps for us;
If there were more of us, they'd start a war for us!
'Cause lately we're so damn victorious
Let's get uproarious for Semper Fi!
Copyright by Don Farrar 2009
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Permission granted for use in Wikisource by Don Farrar 5/12/09