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Subject: Lyr Add: Night Plane to Nashville
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 16 - 12:50 AM

cnd sent me another "Red River Dave" McEnery song for posting.

NIGHT PLANE TO NASHVILLE
(J. R. Kish--D. L. McEnery)

I'm takin' the night plane to Nashville [1]
My heart is as happy as can be
I'm gonna see all the big stars in Nashville
When I take in the Grand Ole Op-er-y

Chorus:
I'll be hearin' the King of Country Music [2]
The sweetest sound this nation's ever heard
I'll be wearin' a big grin when I see that yo-yo spin [3]
And Roy Acuff sing A Great Speckled Bird [4]

Marty Robbins will be singin' El Paso [5]
Minnie Pearl will be shouting "How-dee-doo!" [6]
Ernest Tubb will be Walkin' the Floor there [7]
While the Duke of Paducah's shoes are killin' me [8]

Chorus

Grant Turner will be doin' the announcin' [9]
Connie Smith will sing the hymn "How Great Thou Art" [10]
And before the ev'nin's gone I'll see Hank Snow Movin' On [11]
While the Wilburn Brothers both do do their part [12]

Chorus

I'm takin' the Night Train to Memphis [1]
Mister captain, do a favor for me
Tell the world I'm on my way, to Music City, USA [13]
I'm a-headed for the Grand Ole Op-er-y

Chorus


REFERENCES

[1] A joke on Roy Acuff's song, Night Train to Memphis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDpodo_tJ1I

[2] A nick-name for Roy Acuff

[3] The grin may refer to the segment of the show called "Pickin'' and Grinnin'," which was joke time. Part of Roy Acuff's trademark act was doing tricks with a yo-yo on stage. During the height of Watergate Nixon visited the set of the Grand Ole Opry and even played with it and signed it. http://www.conelrad.com/media/atomicmusic/images/acuffnixon.gif

[4] A song Roy Acuff sang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8rb7wev1LQ

[5] A song Marty Robbins sang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRL_iu3eQM

[6] A country comedian who often began her segments with "Howdy!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0gtWOWBsGo

[7] A reference to Ernest Tubb's most well-known song, "Walkin' the Floor Over You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWmbFXJDHrM

[8] Country comedian Benjamin Ford, known as "the Duke of Paducah." He ended his acts with the tag-line "I'm goin' back to the wagon, boys, these shoes are killin' me." http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/sfc/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DukeofPaducah_12x8.jpg

[9] Long-time announcer of the Grand Ole Opry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvTHbgqCuL8

[10] Connie was one of the most popular female singers of her time and this was one of her most popular songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAyXxEJaKgE

[11] One of Hank Snow's most popular songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhR06FifvrA

[12] Popular country duo on the Opry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npzXm-JJoCE

[13] Nick-name for Nashville

As performed by Jimmy Kish (The Flying Cowboy), Kess Records UR-754 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oYQYgCcgnU
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