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Lyr Add: Snowshoe Thompson (from Johnny Horton)

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Gene 27 Aug 98 - 11:59 AM
GUEST,Bill Flack 02 Jul 07 - 07:42 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: SNOWSHOE THOMPSON (from Johnny Horton)
From: Gene
Date: 27 Aug 98 - 11:59 AM

Recorded by Johnny Horton
Writers: B. Graves, P. M. Howard & Buddy Ebsen

In Eighteen Fifty-Five, in old Californ-i-a
A man was a-lookin' in the paper one day
Uncle Sam needs a postman, to carry the mail
Though the High Sierra mountains over God-forsaken trails.

Snowshoe Thompson told them, he swore he was their man
I'll get through them mountains, if anybody can
He took a pair of snowshoes, he took a pair of skis
And lit out through the mountains, where a normal man would freeze.

He was cautious as a mountain cat, fleet as a deer
Tough as a grizzly bear, he knew no fear
He lived a life of danger bringing mountain people news
For Snowshoe Thompson packed the mail on through.

In the High Sierra mountains, it was thirty-two below
The blizzards fairly whistled, bringin' forty feet of snow
No one dared to venture on the slippery mountain trail
But Snowshoe kept a coming, he was packing US Mail.

His face was weather-beaten from his many rugged miles
But he knew it was worth it, when he'd see the people smile
His deeds are not forgotten, listed in the hall of fame
They're changin' old Squaw Valley, to Snowshoe Thompson' name.



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Subject: RE: ADD LYR: Snowshoe Thompson
From: GUEST,Bill Flack
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 07:42 AM

Alex Harvey did a version - on the LP "SOLDIER ON THE WALL"
Here is the chorus and first verse.


Go man Go
Gonna get on through the snow
Mush man mush
Gonna get on through the slush
Go man Go
means mush in Eskimo
So mush man, mush man, mush man go

Snowshoe Thompson carried the Mail
through wind and thunder rain and hail
had no dogs, had no sledge
just one foot forward and stright ahead


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Subject: RE: ADD LYR: Snowshoe Thompson
From: Artful Codger
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 01:45 PM

Buddy Ebsen? May explain why the song fits "The Ballad of Jed Clampett".

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