Strike Up the Band

George Gershwin, Bert Lown, Ira Gershwin, Ralph Burns

About Strike Up the Band

"Strike Up the Band" is a 1927 song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin with the collaboration of Millie Raush. It was written for the 1927 musical Strike Up the Band, where it formed part of a satire on war and militaristic music. Although the musical was not successful, the instrumental version of the song, titled the "March from Strike Up the Band", has become quite well known. The song was also used in the Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney 1940 film Strike Up the Band.  


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2007
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Let the drums roll out
Let the trumpet call 
While the people shout 
"Strike up the band"

Hear the cymbals ring 
Callin' one and all 
To the martial swing
Strike up the band

There is work to be done, to be done 
Let's have fun, fun, fun
Come on you son of a son, of a gun 
Take your stand

Fall in line, yea a bow
Come along, let's go 
Hey, Leader, strike up the band!

There is work to be done, to be done 
Let's have fun, fun, fun
Come on you son of a gun, of a gun 
Take your stand

Fall in line, yea a bow
Come on, let's go 
Hey, Leader, strike up 
Hey, Leader, strike up 
Hey, Leader, strike up the band!

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, as well as the opera Porgy and Bess. more »

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Written by: GEORGE GERSHWIN, IRA GERSHWIN

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