"The Caissons Go Rolling Along"

An Artillery Song, dedicated to the U. S. Field Artillery
Written by Gen. Edmund L. Gruber (1908)

Published 1921 by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc., New York

"Battery E, 340th Artillery, 89th Division firing a 10-gun salute as part of the commemorative exercises in honor of ex-President [Theodore] Roosevelt, whose death had just been announced. Near Prum, Germany, Jan 8th, 1919." --Lt. Col. George H. English, Official Historian, War Society of the 89th Division. The 340th Artillery saw action at the Battle of St. Mihiel, the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War I.

Thanks to Robert M. Danford and William Bryden for contribution of the words of this song.

MIDI file courtesy Benjamin Tubb

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Verse 1:
Over hill, over dale,
We have hit the dusty trail,
And those caissons go rolling along.
“Count-er march! Right about”
Hear those wagon soldiers shout,
While those caissons go rolling along.

CHORUS [sung after each verse]
For it’s Hi! Hi! Hee! in the Field Artillery,
Call off your numbers loud and strong
(Call off)
And where-e’re we go
You will always know
That those caissons are rolling along.
(Keep ’em rolling)
That those caissons are rolling along.

[After Last Chorus]
Batt’ry Halt!

Verse 2:
To the front, day and night
Where the doughboys dig and fight
And those caissons go rolling along.
Our barrage will be there
Fired on the rocket’s glare
While those caissons go rolling a-long.

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