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Americana, pt. 1

I’m hoping to make this a regular feature here at the Ratlands. OK, it’s not catblogging, but I find these little pieces of Americana fascinating, and perhaps a bit more so as they are bits of my family history.

First up is the Army Song Book.


This belonged to my Grandfather. He entered the Army in 1918. He trained at Camp Funston (now known as Fort Riley) here in Kansas. He was to have been in a group of reinforcements for the 1st Infantry Division. Although I never asked him about it, family tradition says he was somewhere on the east coast, ready to ship out to Europe when the Armistice was signed, and therefore never left American soil.

(More pictures below the break)

Inside the front cover


The first song in the book is the Star Spangled Banner. This is on the facing page.


Finally, mixed in after America, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Columbia the Gem of the Ocean, etc. we come to La Marseillaise, God Save the King, The Garibaldi Hymn, and La Brabanconne (the Belgian National Anthem).


La Brabanconne is still the Belgian National Anthem. Strangely enough, the Garibaldi Hymn is not the Italian National Anthem. According to Wikipedia (yes, I know, it’s Wikipedia) it has never been the Italian national anthem. Something I’ll have to check into later.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Ken BuchananNo Gravatar | June 19, 2007 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Very cool slice of Americana. I thought it was interesting that the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities made a point of noting their song book was for free distribution to all “Officers” and “Men” in the Army.

  2. CziltangNo Gravatar | June 19, 2007 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Hey, it was 1918…

  3. Ken BuchananNo Gravatar | June 20, 2007 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    So, during that particular time period, Army officers weren’t men? (I know… don’t ask, don’t tell)

  4. Ken BuchananNo Gravatar | June 28, 2007 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Thanks for letting me flip through this yesterday… very cool slice of history! I was particularly fascinated with the fact that reveille has words to it. The only words I recall ever having heard on rising in the Marine Corps were… (never mind). It was mostly from the guys who had returned late from furlough the night before with hangovers and they had a tendency to make stuff up as they went along. Colorful though… real colorful. 😉 Peace. -K.

  5. Ken BuchananNo Gravatar | July 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Please post (you promised) the words to “Stable Call” from this song book. Recent events in my personal life have left me aching for a peppy little tune I could sing/ or whistle to bring a little more stability into my world. I know… it’s a different kind of “stable” but, you know me (though I know there might be times you wouldn’t actually admit it) I can relate all sorts of seemingly random stuff, (to all kinds of other, seemingly random stuff) if it means the imagery created will afford me some small slice of:
    A. Joy
    B. Comfort
    C. Solace
    D. Stability
    E. Amusement
    G. All of the above (and/ or *below)

    Okay… having read this over, I’m thinking maybe ‘promised’ was to strong a word but, as God is my witness (and He was the only witness) you said you would post them… you know you did! So, give me what you pro… (crap!) said you would! Please. (Yes! The magic word! Used at the start AND at the end of this comment! Now you must post the words to the song! The power of PLEASE compels you! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!)
    F. *Peace

    P.S. I want the map too Dude… you know the one I’m talking about too so, don’t hold out on me! You pro… (Double Crap!) said you would.

  6. cziltangNo Gravatar | July 1, 2007 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    That last bit reminds me of a song my mother used to sing:

    Tell me a story, tell me a story, tell me a story before I go to bed. You promised me, you said you would, you gotta give in so I’ll be good. Tell me a story and then I’ll go to bed.

    The map will have to wait. Dad wanted to build shelves today when we were over there. The rest I can handle.

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