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BIG BRUCE (John H. Duffey) (A parody of "Big Bad John") Steve Greenberg - 1969 Country Gentlemen - 1969 SPOKEN: The folk history of America is the history of its heroes. Big workin' men like John Henry, Paul Bunyan snd Big Bad John. But today I'd like to introduce a new folk hero. He didn't work in a mine, or in a railroad, or any of those strenuous occupations. He worked in a beauty salon and his name was Bruce......... Well ev'ry day at the salon you can see him arrive He stood six foot six, weighed one-o-five He's kinda narrow at the shoulders, narrow in the hips With a curl in his hair and a smile on his lips Big Bruce...........Big Bad Bruce No-one seemed to know where Bruce came from He kinda swished into town and stayed all alone Never said much, kind o' quiet and shy And when he spoke at all, it was just to say "Hi" Big Bruce...........Big Bad Bruce Same say he came from New Orleans Where he had a social group called the Cajun Queens Some say Hollywood or Beverly Hills Where he got arrested for passin' three-dollar bills That's Bruce Then came the day o' that terrible fire Something went wrong in the number five dryer Into the chaos of those matronly caves Went Big Bad Bruce, a-just a-fannin' the flames Big Bruce...........Big Bad Brucey-Woosey Well, the flames grew higher and the fire got worse And someone heard Brucey cry, "Mercy, I forgot my purse!" Into the fire with a squeal and a shout We waited an hour, but he never came out Poor Bruce..........Poor old Bruce Where that salon once stood is a grocery store But his name will live for evermore In the annals of time and in the hall of fame As a gay young cat who went down in flames Big Bruce You might say this is a big kind o' fairy tale (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2006)


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