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Tuesday, September 2. 2008
The Bill Hayes version of 'The Ballad of Davy Crockett' I listened to 50 years ago is here. Give it a listen. The following keeps to the general storyline of the song (including the sad 3rd verse) and will be much more enjoyable if you do.
And away we go!
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This is great! Nice job. :)
My brother used to sing this song over and over when he was in bed. I guess he was about seven, and every night he'd sing himself to sleep, and we'd all listen and feel right with the world.
But friends ... Sarah Palin was born in Idaho. I think she was very young when her parents moved with her to Alaska. God song version, though ...
Thankee kindly. It was an interesting challenge because I was determined to leave the last word of every line alone and just 'fill in the blanks', all the while making sense and staying in meter. And as someone who knows the song by heart, you can probably appreciate how much of the original lyrics are still there. I actually changed very few words in the second verse -- but it sure changed the meaning. :)
OOPs. Can't spell this morning Not God song, Good song version. Tut-tut. Even Mrs. Homer nods.
Meanwhile, has anyone noticed how the so-called feminists are showing their "dark roots" about Palin. This is only going to get worse ... much worse.
"But friends ... Sarah Palin was born in Idaho."
By the same token, it's probably doubtful that Davy Crockett was actually born on a "mountain top" or actually killed a bear when he was three.
We great composers must be allowed some artistic license!
Dear Dr. Mercury,
Fabulous! Send it to Rush.
Did you mean "sent", as in you sent it to Rush? We've all heard of an Instalanche, we've all heard of a Digglanche -- is there such thing as a Rushlanche?
"Hi, BD, this is your webmaster. Bad news, I'm afraid. You just received 21 million hits and used up all your bandwidth for the rest of 2008 and most of 2009."
"Damn, I hate it when that happens! Another Rushlanche?"
"Doc and Roy again?"
"Okay, I'll sic the Florida police on Doc, you call the FBI about Roy. Let's put a stop to this, once and for all."
The perils of inadequate bandwidth allotment!
I did send an e-mail to Rush. I am suggesting that you e-mail him the whole thing and also contact Paul Shanlin:
Didn't know you were in Florida. I'm in Titusville.
Well, that's a good thought, Navy, but there's a problem.
"Come and listen to a story about our Sarah, just a kid
A poor Alaskaneer, barely kept her family fed,
Then one day she was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude.
"Oil, that is. Black gold. Alaskan applesauce."
Oil, from Alaska? Navy, you stretch the bounds of the imagination!
As a kid I loved Crockett and my coonskin hat was my proudest possession! As a grown-up I appreciate the juxtaposition with the mighty Sarah!
The best Davy Crockett story.
[Crockett's constituent Horatio Bunce questioned Colonel Crockett about a vote he took in Congress appropriating $20,000 for the relief of fire victims.]
[Bunce] 'My papers say that last winter you voted for a bill to appropriate $20,000 to some sufferers by a fire in Georgetown . Is that true?'
"[Crockett replied] 'Well, my friend; I may as well own up. You have got me there. But certainly nobody will complain that a great and rich country like ours should give the insignificant sum of $20,000 to relieve its suffering women and children, particularly with a full and overflowing Treasury, and I am sure, if you had been there, you would have done just as I did.'
" [Bunce] 'It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing to do with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be intrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government.
FEE's Leonard Read says of this incident:
Holders of political office are but reflections of the dominant leadership--good or bad--among the electorate.
Horatio Bunce is a striking example of responsible citizenship. Were his kind to multiply, we would see many new faces in public office; or, as in the case of Davy Crockett, a new Crockett.
For either the new faces or the new Crocketts, we must look to the Horatio in ourselves!
Dennis - That was a superb article, thanks for the link.
It is not the amount, Colonel, that I complain of; it is the principle. In the first place, the government ought to have in the Treasury no more than enough for its legitimate purposes. But that has nothing to do with the question. The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be intrusted to man, particularly under our system of collecting revenue by a tariff, which reaches every man in the country, no matter how poor he may be, and the poorer he is the more he pays in proportion to his means. What is worse, it presses upon him without his knowledge where the weight centers, for there is not a man in the United States who can ever guess how much he pays to the government.
I would note for the record that this spirit of squelching the federal government isn't completely dead. From Neal Boortz yesterday:
As I've told you many times, our founding fathers felt that in times of peace 95% of all governance should come from the local, not the federal level. Not one of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence or who participated in the design of our Constitution ever dreamed that the federal government would become the out-of-control behemoth it is today. We should be far more concerned with local elections than federal. The main thing we should be looking to the federal government for is national security ... that and some roads and bridges. Our downfall was the lure of political power. The men and women we sent to Washington became so intoxicated – and addicted – to power that they constantly wanted more and more. So, they seized it. Simple as that.
That, of course, is what made Fred Thompson and 'Frederalism' so attractive. Unfortunately, the very term "States' Rights" seems anachronistic these days -- like something you'd read in a Davy Crockett memoir.
I am usually bored by song parodies, but this one is excellent.
AVI - Thanks, bud, that was appreciated. If anyone's interested, I also updated the words to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" here.
Dr. Mercury . . . did you come up with the lyrics? I'm trying to track down EXACTLY where these started to get permission to use ot officially! Help!
Rowena - Yes, my lyrics, and you're welcome to use them wherever you see fit and/or improve upon them. A link to the post might be nice.
If you're interested, the origin of the post started with Roy's comment here. It's cool the way things like that work out sometimes.
Will be contacting you directly via 'feedback'. Can you watch for my message? Thanks!
Rowena - (love the name) If by "feedback" you mean the email address attached to my name, it's on all the time. I'm also notified when comments are left to posts I've made, like this thread.
I hate to break it to you. I did this video Last Sunday Night, and it has swept the net. Granted my lyrics are very different, but if you want to have a Look See, here you go!
"The Ballad of Sarah Palin"
Thanks for watching!
Wow! I love it! Another three million votes for Our Lady.
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