The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Album: single release (1955)
Charted: 2 1
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  • Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
    greenest state in the land of the free
    raised in the woods so he knew ev'ry tree
    kilt him a be 'are when he was only three
    Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

    In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose
    addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes
    Now, Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows,
    so he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

    Off through the woods he's a marchin' along
    makin' up yarns an' a singin' a song
    itchin' fer fightin' an' rightin' a wrong
    he's ringy as a be 'are an' twict as strong
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer!

    Andy Jackson is our gen'ral's name
    his reg'lar soldiers we'll put to shame
    Them redskin varmints us Volunteers'll tame
    'cause we got the guns with the sure-fire aim
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the champion of us all!~

    Headed back to war from the ol' home place
    but Red Stick was leadin' a merry chase
    fightin' an' burnin' at a devil's pace
    south to the swamps on the Florida Trace
    Davy, Davy Crockett, trackin' the redskins down!

    Fought single-handed through the Injun War
    till the Creeks was whipped an' peace was in store
    An' while he was handlin' this risky chore
    made hisself a legend for evermore
    Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

    He give his word an' he give his hand
    that his Injun friends could keep their land
    An' the rest of his life he took the stand
    that justice was due every redskin band
    Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his promise dear!

    Home fer the winter with his family
    happy as squirrels in the ol' gum tree
    bein' the father he wanted to be
    close to his boys as the pod an' the pea
    Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his young'uns dear!

    But the ice went out an' the warm winds came
    an' the meltin' snow showed tracks of game
    An' the flowers of Spring filled the woods with flame
    an' all of a sudden life got too tame
    Davy, Davy Crockett, headin' on West again!

    Off through the woods we're ridin' along
    makin' up yarns an' singin' a song
    He's ringy as a be 'are an' twict as strong
    an' knows he's right 'cause he ain' often wrong
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

    Lookin' fer a place where the air smells clean
    where the trees is tall an' the grass is green
    where the fish is fat in an untouched stream
    an' the teemin' woods is a hunter's dream
    Davy, Davy Crockett, lookin' fer Paradise!

    Now he's lost his love an' his grief was gall
    in his heart he wanted to leave it all
    an' lose himself in the forests tall
    but he answered instead his country's call
    Davy, Davy Crockett, beginnin' his campaign!

    Needin' his help they didn't vote blind
    They put in Davy 'cause he was their kind
    sent up to Nashville the best they could find
    a fightin' spirit an' a thinkin' mind
    Davy, Davy Crockett, choice of the whole frontier!

    The votes were counted an' he won hands down
    so they sent him off to Washin'ton town
    with his best dress suit still his buckskins brown
    a livin' legend of growin' renown
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the Canebrake Congressman!

    He went off to Congress an' served a spell
    fixin' up the Govern'ments an' laws as well
    took over Washin'ton so we heered tell
    an' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
    Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

    Him an' his jokes travelled all through the land
    an' his speeches made him friends to beat the band
    His politickin' was their favorite brand
    an' everyone wanted to shake his hand
    Davy, Davy Crockett, helpin' his legend grow!

    He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell
    of his hopes for White House an' fame as well
    But he spoke out strong so hist'ry books tell
    an' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
    Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

    When he come home his politickin' done
    the western march had just begun
    So he packed his gear an' his trusty gun
    an' lit out grinnin' to follow the sun
    Davy, Davy Crockett, leadin' the pioneer!

    He heard of Houston an' Austin so
    to the Texas plains he jest had to go
    Where freedom was fightin' another foe
    an' they needed him at the Alamo
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

    His land is biggest an' his land is best
    from grassy plains to the mountain crest
    He's ahead of us all meetin' the test
    followin' his legend into the West
    Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!
    Publisher: Walt Disney Music Company
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Phu from 12662 Cardinal Ave, Garden Grove, Ca 92843I would like to express my big thanks to you when I listen to this Ballad. I want to share with you a short story of my childhood before 1960 as a boy scout. During that period, I loved the Ballad of Davy Crockett so much that I suddenly sang its melody in my multiplication tables in class that made my classmates laugh and told me that it was so weird since I sang it in Vietnamese language! Now, living in the USA, I still use it to help kids at Elementary School, and luckily it is accepted!
    Phu Pham
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyCongratulations for Bill Hayes, born ninety years ago today on June 5th, 1925...
    And exactly sixty years ago today on his 30th birthday his version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was at #9 on Billboard's Best Sellers in Store chart; and just over twelve weeks earlier on March 10th, 1955 it would peak at #1 {for 5 weeks} and it stayed on the Top 100 for 20 weeks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 23 1836, the 13-day Battle of the Alamo began, it was pivotal event in the Texas Revolution, which ended with the defeat of the Mexican Army on April 21st, 1836 at the Battle of San Jacinto...
    And exactly one hundred-nineteen years later on February 23rd, 1955 Bill Hayes' covered version of 'The Ballad of Davy Crockett' was at #9 on Billboard's Best Sellers chart; and fifteen days later on March 10th it peaked at #1 {for 5 weeks} on the same chart...
    Besides the formentioned Fess Parker and Tennessee Ernie Ford's charted versions; the Voices of Walter Schumann also released a version of the song, their version peaked at #14 on Billboard's Most Played by Jockeys chart.
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