Lord Ellpus wrote:
Kicky, wasn't it the bugle tune that was actually used to signal a charge of your Cavalry? You know, John Wayne and all that?
I can only go by your very descriptive da da da etc.. but I've watched films such as "she wore a yellow ribbon", and am sure I've heard it in most of them.
I'm no big John Wayne fan, but the movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
was a very technically accurate motion picture with regard to cavalry practice, and was beautifully filmed. That was the only one of John Ford's "cavalry trilogy" filmed in color. There is one scene in which they ride up out of Monument Valley, and a thunderstorm is just passing over the mesas in the valley--people who were there for the filming were sure the film for that day's shooting was ruined, and should be shot over (since they were in Arizona, they could not look at "daily rushes," the first prints made from the previous day's filming). But Ford was sure of his product, and it is the most breathtaking scene in the motion picture.
Yellow ribbon is significant, because it means the cavalry. When United States soldiers wore blue coats, the color of the facings on the collar and lapels, and piping on the pants identified the branch of service: infantry wore light blue, artillery wore red, the medical corps wore burgundy, and the cavalry wore yellow.
Round her neck, she wore a yellow ribbon
She wore if for her lover in the U.S. Cavalry . . .
Is one version of the song--and there are many. Indian activists, ever the masters of propaganda and sour grapes, claim it meant they were specifically going out to kill Indians. However, the United States Cavalry has worn yellow on their jacket facings and trouser pipings from the very beginning of the nation.