The Song of the Marines (circa 1937)

Marine veteran Ray Priest, as a young Marine musician in the early 1960s, was in a band, which occasionally played “Song of the Marines.” By the 1990s, the song had pretty well died out. He thought it too good
to die and promoted it to the Marine Corps Musicians Association. It subsequently was voted the official song of the MCMA. Now the song is played and sung by all 12 of the Marine field bands, “The President’s Own” and “The Commandant’s Own” Drum and Bugle Corps. The song is regularly played as a part of the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. Actor and singer Dick Powell performed this song written by Al Dubin in the 1937 movie, “The Singing Marine.”

SONG OF THE MARINE
OVER THE SEA -LET'S GO MEN
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF AGAIN
NOBODY KNOWS WHERE OR WHEN
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF AGAIN
IT MAY BE SHANGHAI
FAREWELL & GOOD -BY

SALLY & SUE DON'T BE BLUE
WE'LL JUST BE GONE FOR
YEARS AND YEARS AND THEN
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF FOR HOME
WE'RE SHOVIN' RIGHT OFF FOR HOME