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Song Parody - Remember the Alamo

06 Dec 09 - 06:01 PM (#2782402)
Subject: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Little Hawk

This has already been posted in the BS section, but you above-the-liners may have missed it, so here it is. Enjoy! ;-)

I got the idea to do this parody at song circle last Tuesday. Richard sings that song, and he's under the impression that the first verse goes...

"Eight hundred and eighty were challenged by Travis to die
By a line that he drew with his sword when the battle was nigh
And him that would fight to the death cross over
But him that would live better fly
And over that line came a hundred and seventy nine..."

I told him, "Richard, it's a hundred and eighty, not eight hundred and eighty."

He said, "No, it's 880. That's how Donovan sings it."

"No, he doesn't!"

"Yes he does!"

And so on.... ;-) Well, we never resolved it. Richard will just go on singing "880 were challenged by Travis to die" on the first line, I guess...but it gave me the idea for stretching the whole thing just a tad farther...why just 880? Why not...85,000?

;-)

So, here's the story....

THE INTRO:

It is a little known fact that the garrison of the Alamo numbered about 85,000 Texians, most of whom were huddling in terror behind the walls as a Mexican army of about 1500 approached under command of the flamboyant and vainglorious dictator, Santa Ana, the self-proclaimed "Napoleon of the West". Fortunately for the Texians, there were three men of real grit in the garrison who were in a position of command, and who might be counted upon to stir some herioc passions in the breasts of their chicken-hearted comrades. There were also a couple of farm animals who proved absolutely vital to the defence of the fort, and that part has been suppressed in the popular mythology that later arose around the battle. At any rate, the Mexican army (soon reinforced to about 2400 men) was blissfully unaware that it had surrounded a garrison of approximately 35 times its own strength in numbers. Had the Mexicans known this, they would have fled. They were under the impression, though, that there were less than 200 poorly armed men defending the fort, so they prepared a siege and bombarded the place for 12 days while the 85,000 Texians hunkered down, prayed, wept, swore, and wrote desperate letters to their wives and sweethearts.

By the 12th day Travis had realized that reinforcements were not forthcoming and that little time was left before the shit would hit the fan. He summoned the entire garrison to parade in the open square and gave them a dramatic choice! Our song begins....

The Battle of the Alamo - 1836

85,000 were challenged by Travis to die
By a line that he drew with his sword when the battle was nigh
And him that would fight to the death cross over
But the others had better vamoose!
And over that line came three men, a pig, and a goose!

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

'Twas Travis and Bowie and Crockett who dared to remain
And the pig and the goose crossed over the line unashamed
But 84,998 Texans were lacking in grit
The sight of the Mexican Army had caused them to shit

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're fleeing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, when we're far from the Alamo!

So 84,000 came pouring out over the walls
While another 600 tried to hide in the urinal stalls
Fifty men ran for the pigpen, twenty-eight jumped in the well
320 were trampled to death when they fell

And the 84,000 came pouring out over the walls
When the Mexicans saw that mob coming, they were plainly appalled
They threw down their rifles, abandoned their cannons
In panic and fled from the field
As the goose honked in joy and the pig triumphantly squealed:

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

86,000 men scattered like shot from a gun
The Texans and Mexicans showed the world how they could run
They ran for the rivers, they ran for the hills, they dug holes and hid in the dirt
Santa Ana lost both of his boots, his hat, and his shirt

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

"We've won," cried out Travis, in wonder, "and the glory's all mine!"
"Like hell!" growled Jim Bowie, "I outrank you, and you ain't worth a dime!"Then up stepped bold Davie Crockett, his rifle held firm in his hand
Said, "If there's to be one lone survivor here, I am that man!"
Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

Jim Bowie was found with a bayonet stuck in his chest
While Travis lay dead with a bullet hole right through his breast
And bold Davie Crockett lay cold as a sprocket, the Bowie knife deep in his heart
While the goose and the pig danced a jig on the bloody ramparts!

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

Santa Ana was ruined, he had to go back in disgrace
He'd lost half his army, but worse than that, he'd lost face
The pig and the goose caught a train to Ohio where they got a good job at the zoo
And the Alamo stands as the proof that this story is true!

Hey—up! Santa Ana, we're killing your soldiers below
So the rest of Texas will know, and remember the Alamo!

Yes, the Alamo stands as proof of all that I've said
It will stand there forever to honor the glorious dead
But no one remembers the brave little pig and no one remembers the goose
Where's the honor in that? Where's the justice? And what's the excuse?

Hey--up! Santa Ana, they drove off your soldiers below
And the rest of Texas should know
How they fought for the Alamo!


06 Dec 09 - 08:48 PM (#2782509)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: frogprince

As I was saying, L.H., you did a real nice job on that cut of "Lot to Laugh/Train to Cry....


06 Dec 09 - 08:56 PM (#2782512)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Little Hawk

Ah, yes...but you haven't heard me do the new Alamo song! ;-) I plan to play it almost everywhere except in Texas...


07 Dec 09 - 04:19 AM (#2782673)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Leadfingers

Actually I always thought the b'originl' was something of a paraody -' Young' Davy Crockett was in his sixties wasnt he ?


07 Dec 09 - 07:53 AM (#2782794)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: mkebenn

LH, yea, not in Texas. Leadfingers, just turned 50, I belive. I sing that line as "Here David Crockett stood etc." for that reason. Mike


07 Dec 09 - 05:36 PM (#2783276)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: GUEST

Don't exaggerate - Crockett was a young man of 48.


07 Dec 09 - 05:44 PM (#2783282)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Dave MacKenzie

Sorry - that was me sans cookie.


08 Dec 09 - 03:43 PM (#2784013)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Little Hawk

Crockett was a very interesting character....he seems to have been a likable and skillful man with a big personality. It's too bad he decided to go to Texas at that particular time, but I guess it saved him from dying in bed anyway. Perhaps to die in battle is the better way to go for a man like that? Hard to say. But it did earn him immortality.


16 Dec 09 - 10:04 AM (#2789630)
Subject: RE: Song Parody - Remember the Alamo
From: Mr Happy

My pal Jim sings this one.

In a version I have from The Johnstons, the chorus they sing goes

'Hey, up Santiana ...etc'

When Jim's doing it, I can never resist singing 'Eh oop'!!