Talk:Blood on the Risers

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Copying to Wikisource[edit]

What is the copyright status of this work? --Benn Newman 21:42, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

How can it be copyrighted? The author is comletely unknown. --YankeeDoodle14 06:48, 26 November 2006 (UTC)
Which is a problem; that makes it an orphan work. Anonymous works can still be copyrighted. --Benn Newman 17:51, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

The last verse before the last chorus is not referenced in either of the citations. If there is a citation out there that references it speak up, because I'm going to remove it in a day or twoColin 8 04:12, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

"Beautiful streamer" is a different song IIRC. I don't know the name of the actual tune it is based on, but it's different. DMorpheus (talk) 17:53, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
I don't know, but I would guess Beautiful Dreamer by Stephen Foster? Pustelnik (talk) 00:18, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

He counted long, he counted loud, he waited for the shock, He felt the wind, he felt the cold, he felt the awful drop, The silk from his reserve spilled out and wrapped around his legs,

This isn't the way we sung it in the airborne. The reserve wraps around your 'cock.' You'll see that it rhymes, too, because that's how we made it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:05, 25 August 2009 (UTC)


In the 6th verse, it should be "medicos" not medic corps. It's a colloquialism, just added to make the patter/beat fit. I'll try to find something more authoritative than my husband the history buff, but here's a post from the History Channel Blog: Ileanadu (talk) 06:42, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

Shouldn't the lyrics of the first line read "He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright. " and not "shook with pride?" :

demosthenes247 (talk) 10:06, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Regarding the issue of "Gory" vs. "Glory" in the refrain, at West Point in 1975, we cadets sang it as "Gory" exclusively throughout the song. Wrightwiki (talk) 17:03, 24 October 2012 (UTC)


I believe the title is "Blood Upon the Risers," just like the verse, not "On the Risers." Ileanadu (talk) 06:47, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

British version?[edit]

I heard that there was a British version, which was significantly different (largely because the British in WW2 did not have reserve parachutes). For example, one verse went He hit the ground, the sound was splat, the blood went spurting high His pals were heard to say "Oh what a pretty way to die!" They rolled him in his parachute and poured him from his boot And he ain't gonna jump no more! And another verse was about love knots. Is this true? (talk) 12:27, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

They scraped off the tarmac like a lump of strawberry jam -- he ain't gonna jump no more. You should never tie love-knots in a parachuters chute -- he ain't gonna jump no more. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:15, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

"Legs" is actually "Cock"[edit]

And being bold, I made the correction.

This was apparently a major controversy a few years back, but hopefully the problem editor who constantly reverted it has moved on. If anyone takes issue with the word "cock," please keep in mind that Wikipedia never purports to be "family friendly." Also, as "cock" is factual and accurate, it stands on its own, and needs no further validation. Jersey John (talk) 02:56, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

(Please note that it is true that in more noticeable public venues, "legs" IS indeed substituted, but this is done as an afterthought for sensitivity reasons; so maybe instead we should ask ourselves "Do we show the original, intended version, or the "safe" one?) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jros83 (talkcontribs) 02:59, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

And I had to fix it YET AGAIN... Jersey John (talk) 04:45, 11 June 2013 (UTC)
Just come across this through using STiki. I've added an editing note beside the word referring users to the talk page. Fraggle81 (talk) 12:59, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Second line of the chorus[edit]

I changed the second line of the chorus back, so it matches the first and third line, and made a note of the "rifle on his back" variation under chorus confusion. I've never heard that line before, and although obviously there will be variations I've never heard, I figure the version in the external links is what should be prnited as the "primary" lyrics (talk) 14:01, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Cock, Revisited[edit]

Let's get this straight.

It is COCK. It is NOT LEGS.

Wikipedia is not a family site. It is not a Christian site. It is not a values site. I will not allow revisionism for something I hold dear. Anyone who changes "cock" back to "legs," I will eventually find it and put it back to "cock." I don't care if your sensitivities are offended. Jersey John (talk) 03:22, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

I see people still want to play games.

When I wore a uniform, there were songs and cadences we 1. were not allowed to sing or 2. had to change words from the original because of the integrated, "don't hurt anyone's feelings" world we live in today (My Girl's a Vegetable, anyone?). HOWEVER, we all understood there were songs and cadences that existed that we could do privately, or in hushed tones, and original lyrics that we knew if we kept it quiet.

This song was written in the 1940s. There were scant few women running around for these boys to have offended. They were saying "cock." "Cock" is the original, and therefore the best example. I will continue to watch this. Jersey John (talk) 14:03, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Comment in Article[edit]

Found this comment at the bottom of the article, the "chorus confusion" section. I supposed it belongs here.

I am not the author of this piece. I am merely inserting an observation based on personal experience relating to the topic;
I entered the US Army in the summer of 1974 taking Basic Combat Infantry Training at Ft. Jackson So. Carolina. I was not "AIRBORNE" but we used a lot of the Airborne chants in training. In our versions of this particular chant, we most definitely called out "Gory, Gory" what a hell of a way to die..." There is absolutely no question in my mind about this. Now, this cannot cast any light upon the original dispute referred to above.

Memtgs (talk | contribs) @ 15:15, 19-02-2016 UTC 15:15, 19 February 2016 (UTC)

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