The regiment composed a song on the train which runs,
We’ll hit the trail for Villa
We’re Yankees through and through
We’ll show the sons of Mexico,
What the U.S.A. can do.
We come from Massachusetts,
Victory or die,
So give a grand old cheer boys
As the Eight goes marching by. Ra. Ra. Ra.
This is sung to the tune of “We’ll hit the line for Harvard.” Then the two Somerville companies follow it up with,
Soma, Soma, Somervilla
Panka, Panka, Panko Villa
Spanka, Spanka, Spanka Villa
We’ll beat him black and blue. Ra. Ra. Ra.
The whole battalion made a hit all the way down here with this song and I guess it is going to stick through out the regiment.
(Editor’s Note: See Letter from Camp Cotton, Texas 7/8/1916)
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