Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home

Lyr Req: J. Edgar Swoop (Mason Williams)

Related threads:
Lyr Req: The Last Great Waltz (Mason Williams) (13)
Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams) (39)
Lyr Req: 'See them sticker pickers' (13)
Song Challenge: More 'Them' Poems (10)
Lyr Req: 'Them Poems' (1) (closed)
Lyr Req: A Gift of Song (Mason Williams) (4)

Strange 29 Mar 99 - 07:02 PM
30 Mar 99 - 01:39 AM
30 Mar 99 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,old fan 19 Apr 11 - 06:03 PM
GUEST,Gonzo 19 Oct 11 - 12:30 PM
Share Thread
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:

Subject: Lyrics; J. Edgar Swoop
From: Strange
Date: 29 Mar 99 - 07:02 PM

Looking for the words J. Edgar Swoop. I think it is out of the 60's by ???(Mason Williams). Nothing in the data base. Appreciate any help, Strange

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: J EDGAR SWOOP (Mason Williams)
Date: 30 Mar 99 - 01:39 AM

By Mason Williams

Everyone knows the eagle's supposed
To be the symbol of freedom.
They're very respected, government protected
'Sa against the law to eat 'em.

On dollars and collars, and medals for scholars,
And flags that wag in the wind;
On cigars you puff and American stuff
The eagle is proudly pinned.

With such a position in American tradition,
Eagles are responsible birds.
Moral delinquencies and idiosyncrasies
Are seldom if ever incurred.

But there once was an eagle who was not very regal
By the name of J Edgar Swoop.
'Twas quite often heard: "That bird's absurd--
Oughta be kept in a coop."

An example I'd say would be his toupee,
Which he thought made him look debonair.
And if he went to pike he'd always hitchhike;
Never would travel by air.

J hung around the streets downtown
He said, "Those mountains are dull.
All that you meets is occasional sheeps
Or a couple of high flying gulls."

But the worst thing of all was that he had the gall
To wear some baggy old knickers.
They were pink & blue plaid and fit him so bad
They caused titters, guffaws, and snickers.

In the government town word got around
About J Edgar and his antics,
So a meeting was held and some senators yelled
"Un-American!" and the usual pedantic.

The F B I director (Federal Bird Inspector)
Was called in to handle the deal.
He said, "It looks like to me this eagle's too free.
I s'pect he's gone over the hill."

(Damn this is a lotta typing)

"There's only one choice" said the people with voice.
"America's depending on us.
We gotta find this bird and give him the word:
E Pluribus or Unum or bust."

So the F B I they went out to try
To make J claw the line,
But he just wouldn't listen so they threw him in prison
To pay for his traitorous crime.

In the government town with things quieted down,
They decided to make an appendage,
'Cause the symbol of the country was in the penitentiary.
They needed a new government image.

The measure was born & committees were formed
To find a new Yankee Doodle,
And the symbol that best reflected the west
Was none but the miniature poodle.

Some argued the facts what a poodle lacks.
"Besides," they said, "They're French."
But said the committee, "So's the Statue of Liberty"
And it went up before the bench.

The measure was passed and the law at last
Was entered on government logs.
J Edgar didn't care. "Poodles are queer.
America's gone to the dogs."

***It's all spoken, in a talking blues kind of vamp; no melody.

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyrics; J. Edgar Swoop
Date: 30 Mar 99 - 01:12 PM

To Whom It May Concern,



Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: J. Edgar Swoop (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,old fan
Date: 19 Apr 11 - 06:03 PM

beginning to think I was the only one who remembered it. Brother's girlfriend had the albumn nice to know I'm not alone.   Thanks

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: J. Edgar Swoop (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,Gonzo
Date: 19 Oct 11 - 12:30 PM has what you're looking for

Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")

Mudcat time: 19 March 10:54 PM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.