The Ballad of Davy Crockett

Album: single release (1955)
Charted: 2 1
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  • Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

    Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
    The greenest state in the land of the free
    Raised in the woods so he knew every tree
    And kilt him a bar when he was only three
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

    He fought single-handed through the Injun War
    Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was in store
    And while he was handling this risky chore
    He made himself a legend for evermore
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

    Oh, when he lost his love his grief was gall
    In his heart he wanted to leave it all
    And lose himself in the forests tall
    But he answered instead his country's call
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the choice of the whole frontier

    He went off to Congress and served a spell
    Fixing up the Government and laws as well
    Took over Washington so we heered tell
    And patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
    Davy, Davy Crockett, serving his country well

    When he come home his politicking done
    While the big western march had just begun
    He packed his gear and his trusty gun
    And lit out grinning to follow the sun
    Davy, Davy Crockett, leading the pioneer

    His land is biggest and his land is best
    From grassy plains to the mountain crest
    He's ahead of us all meeting the test
    Following his legend right into the West
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier
    King of the wild frontier

Comments: 4

  • Pepper Ann from TexasWhat about that he died at the Alamo?
  • 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
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IWfEijXieA
  • 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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