“Moving On (The Bug-Out Ballad)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: Korean War
Keywords: soldier war battle escape
Found in: US


"Hear the patter of running feet / It's the old First Cav in full retreat. / They're moving on; they'll soon be gone." The singer describes the unpleasant conditions in which he is fighting, and the many enemies approaching. He intends to head out


This parody was inspired by Hank Snow's immensely popular recording "Moving On." - EC

Historical references


  1. Cray, pp. 412-414, "Moving On" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, BUGOUT*
  3. Roud #10360
  4. BI, EM412