Mudcat Café message #797082 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17941   Message #797082
Posted By: GUEST
04-Oct-02 - 06:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Into the Air (Junior Birdmen)
Subject: RE: Into the Air
What are all the words to the song posted by Mark Clark? At odd times, lines still come into my head, unheralded and unwanted. A Google search brought them up. here they are for Mark Clark and all grey-haired wonders.

OFF WE GO, INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder
Climbing high, into the sun.
Here they come, zooming to meet our thunder,
At 'em boys, giv'er the gun!
(background echo- the gun! the gun! the gun!)
Down we dive, spouting our flames from under,
Off with one hell-uv-a-roar!
We live in fame or go down in flame,
Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps!

Minds of men fashioned a crate of thunder,
Sent it high, into the blue.
Hands of mem blasted the world asunder,
How they live(d), God only knew!
Souls of men, dreaming of skies to conquer,
Gave us wings, ever to soar.
With scouts before, and bombers galore,
Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps!

Here's a toast- to the host- of those who love the vastness of the sky.
To a friend- we send- the message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold!
Off we go, into the wild sky yonder,
Keep the wings level and true!

If you live to be a gray-haired wonder,
Keep your nose out of the blue!
Flying men guarding our nation's borders,
We'll be there! Followed by more!
In echelon, we carry on!
Nothing can stop the Army Air Corps!

I have changed the version given in the website to read "Army Air Corps," which rhymes, and was the original, from the now politically correct "US Air Force." The website has a Freudian slip in the last verse- "Flying men guarding our nation's boarders."
Off We Go

Don't know the history, dates or original composer (culprit). I will try to fill this in if someone doesn't find it before I get around to it.