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Thread #108354   Message #2763186
Posted By: GUEST,Jim P
09-Nov-09 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: Songs involving Airplanes
Subject: RE: Songs involving Airplanes
The song by Al Stewart alluded to by many people is Flying Sorcery, about Amy Johnson, not Amelia Erhart:

Flying Sorcery Tab

And, although I haven't actually performed it, I did write a take-off on "Snoopy and the Red Baron" that kind of fits here; I've been obsessed with WWI aircraft and aces ever since I was a kid (Air Force brat). I wrote it more as a "get it off my chest" kind of thing. I fully realize that I'm taking a bit of fluff way too seriously, but what the hell. If anybody's interested:

The Real Red Baron
By Jim Partridge
TTTO: Snoopy and the Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen

You've all heard the story
As it often is told
'Bout the funny-looking dog
With the big black nose
But behind the cartoon
If you look back then
In the skies over France
Fought real, live men

Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Was a brave man
Told to use camouflage
But he had his own plan
He said a man doesn't hide
From his enemy
Had his plane painted red
To be easy to see

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
The Red Baron fought
'Till he could fight no more
He died as he lived
Fighting World War One
But there's more to the man
Than the cartoon Hun

He started the war
In the cavalry
But in 1914
That meant delivery
He said, "I want to fight,
Not just be in supply"
So he transferred out
And he learned how to fly.

He didn't do well
But he was devout
He crashed more than once
And he almost washed out
But he kept on trying
And he finally won
That bright silver badge
That said he could fly alone.

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
The Red Baron flew
Like none had done before
He fought for his country
As a knight of the air
But death was waiting for him
With its empty eyed stare

The life of a flier
Back in The Great War
Was violent and brief
Men died by the score
Richthofen was lucky
He was taught by the best
And he kept on flying
While death claimed the rest

Then finally one morning
Over the Somme
A Canadian flier
By the name of Brown
Saw an all-red plane
About to shoot down a friend
So he dove down
A legend came to an end

The question's unsolved
Down to this day
"Who killed the Red Baron?"
No one can say
Some believe it was Aussies
Firing from the ground
Some still say
That it was Roy Brown

20, 40, 60, 80, that was his score
With a bullet in his heart
He would ne'er again soar
From us he deserves
To be remembered more
As the brave fighting man
Not the cartoon bore

20, 40, 60, 80, that was the score
Of the greatest flying ace
Of the First World War
Other men tried
But failed to beat the spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron
Of Germany