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Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers

DownEast Bob 30 Sep 99 - 03:54 PM
Joe Offer 27 Aug 01 - 07:56 PM
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Subject: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: DownEast Bob
Date: 30 Sep 99 - 03:54 PM

This one qualifies as the worst I've ever heard, but it's so bad I love it. For you youngsters who don't remember the cold war, it dates back to the time the Russians shot down a U-2 spy plane of ours.

Eisenhower denied that we had any such planes over Russia. Then the Russians produced the pilot, Francis Gary Powers who was alive and well. It was the first time that I can recall a U.S. President being caught in a blatant lie. Anyhow, out of the whole sordid mess came a song to the tune of the Kate Smith classic, "There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere." The first verse goes:

In a lonely prison cell in Godless Russia, Where no Bible ever speaks His precious name, Sits the boy who flew the U-2 for his country, So no Pearl Harbor'd ever come again.

If anybody has the rest of the words, I'd be grateful.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 07:56 PM

I got an e-mail request for this one today. Can anybody help?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: Joe_F
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 08:17 PM

I'm afraid it's not that one, but I know one that was written at the time & begins

Have you heard of a plane called the Lockheed U-2,
Flown o'er flags are all red, and not red, white and blue?
She flew the Stars and Stripes of the Land of the Free,
And gave the other side a propaganda victory.

Oh it just can't be true, no, it just can't be true --
Can we have a spy on that Lockheed U-2?
It just can't be true, no, it just can't be true --
If they do it, we might as well do it too.

To the tune of "Good Reuben James", of course.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: raredance
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 08:54 PM

Well, I've come up with Red River Dave as a possible performer or writer of the song.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: raredance
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 09:00 PM

Here's some stuff on Red River Dave. Looks like he wrote and probably performed it also.

Red River Dave McEnery has had one of the longest careers in Country music, beginning in the early thirties, when he sang on San Antonio radio, and continuing today, health permitting, to occasional outings at folk festivals and on local television shows, where he is as likely as not to debut a new song he has written on some heated topic of the day. His classic song "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight" has inspired many a would-be folk-singer and at least one short-lived annual festival, and with the recent publicity surrounding the efforts of a Texas aviatrix to recreate Earhart's planned world-circling flight, a revival may be in order.

When commercial television debuted at the New York World's Fair in 1939, Red River Dave was there to broadcast live what is still his most famous creation, along with other country and western songs, both traditional and original.

In the early forties Red River Dave returned to San Antonio and broadcast his songs on Border Radio XERF, offering copies of his songbooks for sale as well. He also appeared in several Western films, including 1944's Swing in the Saddle, which featured cameos by the Hoosier Hotshots and Nat "King" Cole.

But Red River Dave McEnery is probably best-known for his ballads written on the spur of the noteworthy news events. Among the topics covered in his songs over the years are the ill-fated flight of Gary Powers and the triumph of Apollo 11 as well as such gripping stories as Watergate and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: raredance
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 09:28 PM

Here's the URL where you can go and listen to "The Ballad of Francis Powers" by Red River Dave.

http://members.spree.com/entertainment/recldy/vr/9q.ram

And this is the site that contained the song. It has a whole bunch more songs.

http://members.spree.com/entertainment/recldy/vets.htm

Maybe JoeO can convert these to clinks. (maybe so -JoeO-) Happy listening.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers
From: raredance
Date: 27 Aug 01 - 09:37 PM

Bonus:

Here's the URL to listen to:

'We're Gonna Have To Slap That Dirty Little Jap' by Carson Robison.

http://members.spree.com/entertainment/recldy/2vr/5bq.ram

rich r


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