Caissons Go Rolling Along, The (Caisson Song, Field Artillery Song)
DESCRIPTION: "Over hill, over dale, as we hit the dusty trail, And the ciassons go rolling along...." "Then it's Hi! Hi! Hee! in the field artillery." The artillerymen are always available; they go into formation and fight
AUTHOR: Edmund L. Gruber (1879-1941)
EARLIEST DATE: 1907 (source: Fuld)
KEYWORDS: soldier war nonballad travel
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Niles/Moore, pp. 64-67, "Caisson Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 156-157+, "The Caissons Go Rolling Along"
NOTES: According to Fuld, Edmund L. Gruber wrote this song in 1907 for the Fifth Artillery Regiment, when portions of the regiment were reunited after a long separation. It was reportedly first printed in 1918, with an incorrect attribution to John Philip Sousa (perhaps based on the fact that he had created an arrangement for the song). - RBW
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