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THE BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT From the film "Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Fronteir" (1954) (George Bruns / Tom Blackburn) Bill Hayes - 1955 Dick James - 1956 Max Bygraves - 1956 Eddy Arnold - 1961 Louis Armstrong - 1968 Also recorded by: Burl Ives; Fess Parker; Tennessee Ernie Ford; Stephen Bishop; Kentucky Headhunters; Chip Davis; Mac Wiseman; Cliff Adams Singers; Moose & The Pelicans Born on a mountain top in Tennessee Greenest state in the land of the free Raised in the woods so he knew ev'ry tree Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier! Off through the woods he was marchin' along Makin' up yarns an' singin' a song Itchin' for some fightin' and rightin' of wrongs. Ringy as a bar and twice as strong. Davy Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Fronteir. He went off to Congress an' served a spell Fixin' up the Govern'ments an' laws as well Took over Washin'ton so we heered tell An' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Fronteir! When he come home his politickin' done The western march had just begun So he packed his gear an' his trusty gun An' lit out grinnin' to follow the sun Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Fronteir! He heard of Houston an' Austin so To the Texas plains he jest had to go Where freedom was fightin' another foe An' they needed him at the Alamo Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Fronteir! His land is biggest an' his land is best From grassy plains to the mountain crest He's ahead of us all an' meetin' the test Followin' his legend right into the West Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier! ***** FULL VERSION: Born on a mountain top in Tennessee Greenest state in the land of the free Raised in the woods so he knew ev'ry tree Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier! In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose Addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes Now, Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows, So he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear! Off through the woods he's a marchin' along Makin' up yarns an' a singin' a song Itchin' fer fightin' an' rightin' a wrong He's ringy as a b'ar an' twice as strong Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer! Andy Jackson is our Gen'ral's name His reg'lar soldiers we'll put to shame Them redskin varmints us Volunteers'll tame 'Cause we got the guns with the sure-fire aim Davy, Davy Crockett, the champion of us all!~ Headed back to war from the ol' home place But Red Stick was leadin' a merry chase Fightin' an' burnin' at a devil's pace South to the swamps on the Florida Trace Davy, Davy Crockett, trackin' the redskins down! Fought single-handed through the Injun War Till the Creeks was whipped an' peace was in store An' while he was handlin' this risky chore Made hisself a legend for evermore Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier! He give his word an' he give his hand That his Injun friends could keep their land An' the rest of his life he took the stand That justice was due every redskin band Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his promise dear! Home fer the winter with his family Happy as squirrels in the ol' gum tree Bein' the father he wanted to be Close to his boys as the pod an' the pea Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his young'uns dear! But the ice went out an' the warm winds came An' the meltin' snow showed tracks of game An' the flowers of Spring filled the woods with flame An' all of a sudden life got too tame Davy, Davy Crockett, headin' on West again! Off through the woods we're ridin' along Makin' up yarns an' singin' a song He's ringy as a b'ar an' twice as strong An' knows he's right 'cause he ain' often wrong Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear! Lookin' fer a place where the air smells clean Where the trees is tall an' the grass is green Where the fish is fat in an untouched stream An' the teemin' woods is a hunter's dream Davy, Davy Crockett, lookin' fer Paradise! Now he's lost his love an' his grief was gall In his heart he wanted to leave it all An' lose himself in the forests tall But he answered instead his country's call Davy, Davy Crockett, beginnin' his campaign! Needin' his help they didn't vote blind They put in Davy 'cause he was their kind Sent up to Nashville the best they could find A fightin' spirit an' a thinkin' mind Davy, Davy Crockett, choice of the whole frontier! The votes were counted an' he won hands down So they sent him off to Washin'ton town With his best dress suit still his buckskins brown A livin' legend of growin' renown Davy, Davy Crockett, the Canebrake Congressman! He went off to Congress an' served a spell Fixin' up the Governments an' laws as well Took over Washin'ton so we heered tell An' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear! Him an' his jokes travelled all through the land An' his speeches made him friends to beat the band His politickin' was their favorite brand An' everyone wanted to shake his hand Davy, Davy Crockett, helpin' his legend grow! He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell Of his hopes for White House an' fame as well But he spoke out strong so hist'ry books tell An' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear! When he come home his politickin' done The western march had just begun So he packed his gear an' his trusty gun An' lit out grinnin' to follow the sun Davy, Davy Crockett, leadin' the pioneers! He heard of Houston an' Austin so To the Texas plains he jest had to go Where freedom was fightin' another foe An' they needed him at the Alamo Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear! His land is biggest an' his land is best From grassy plains to the mountain crest He's ahead of us all meetin' the test Followin' his legend into the West Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier! ***** LA BALLADE DE DAVY CROCKETT (The Ballad of Davy Crockett) (Tom Blackburn, Georges Bruns, Francis Blanche, 1954) Annie Cordy (Belgium) Y avait un homme qui s'appelait Davy Il était né dans le Tennessee Si courageux que quand il était p'tit Il tua un ours du premier coup d'fusil Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais peur A quatorze ans il s'était perdu Dans un désert vaste et inconnu Pendant dix jours il marcha vers le Sud Sans rien manger qu'un petit peu d'herbe crue Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais faim Pendant la guerre contre les indiens Il combattit tout seul contre vingt Ayant une flèche plantée dans une main Il l'arracha avec son autre main Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais mal Dans la forêt au cœur de l'hiver Quand il chassait les loups et les cerfs Le torse nu et les bras découverts Il s'en allait riant des courants d'air Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais froid Quand les Peaux-Rouges demandèrent la paix Davy serra la main qu'ils tendaient Avec les chefs il fuma le calumet Mais sans rien boire, pas même un verre de lait Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais soif On l'présenta pour les élections Et ses discours remuaient l'opinion Il était là dans toutes les réunions La tête froide malgré son émotion Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais chaud C'était un homme qui s'appelait Davy Tout le monde ici se souvient de lui Face au danger, à la peur, à la nuit Face au devoir, à la mort, à la vie. Davy, Davy Crockett, l'homme qui n'a jamais fui.

    


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