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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

See the Inspiring Ending to William “Wild Bill” Wellman’s Masterpiece About the True Story of “the Battered Bastards of Bastogne,” Battleground (1949), Featuring the “Jody Cadence” (Video)

 

 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“USMC Cadence: ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ (Video).”]
 

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I’ve watched this clip four times in the last hour, and each time it gave me a broad smile, and chills from my ankles to the base of my skull. Of course, I’ve seen the picture at least twice in the past four years, and like every patriotic American over the age of 15, I know the story of the Siege of Bastogne by heart. But it never gets old for me.

This is on my shortlist for the greatest fadeouts.
 

Jody Cadence

You had a good home but you left / You're right!,
You had a good home but you left / You're right!,
Jody was there when you left / You're right!,
Your baby was there when you left / You're right!,
Sound off! / 1, 2,
Sound off! / 3, 4,
Cadence count! / 1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2 ... 3, 4!

Your baby was lonely, as lonely could be, /Til’ Jody provided company,
Ain't it great to have a pal? / Who works so hard to keep up morale?,
Sound off! / 1, 2,
Sound off! / 3, 4,
Cadence count! / 1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2 ... 3, 4!

(There ain't no use in going back /Jody's livin’ it up in the shack,
Jody's got somethin' you ain't got /It's been so long I almost forgot,
Sound off! /1, 2,
Sound off!, 3, 4,
Cadence count!/ 1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2 ... 3,4!)

You ain’t got nothing to worry about / He’ll keep her happy ‘til I get out,
And you won’t get out ‘til the end of the war / In nineteen-hundred-and-seventy-four!
Sound off! / 1, 2,
Sound off! / 3, 4,
Cadence count! / 1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2 ... 3, 4!

 


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