BALLAD OF DAVY CROCKETT

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  • “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Tom
    W. Blackburn.
    The first recording of the song was made by Bill Hayes, quickly followed by versions by
    Fess Parker and Tennessee Ernie Ford (recorded February 7, 1955), all in 1955. All three
    versions made the Billboard charts: The song reached #1 on the Cash Box charts, from
    March 26 through May 14, 1955. Over ten million copies of the song were sold. It was
    introduced on the television series “Disneyland” in December, 1954. Fess Parker played
    the role of Davy Crockett on the series and continued in several movies made by Walt
    Disney‘s company.
    Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
    The greenest state in the land of the free
    Raised in the woods so’s he knew ev’ry tree
    Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three
    Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier
    Fought single-handed through many a war
    Till the enemy was whipped and peace was in store
    And while he was handlin’ this risky chore
    He made himself a legend forever more
    Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who knew no fear
    He went off to Congress and served a spell
    Fixin’ up the Government and the laws as well
    Took over Washington, so I heard tell
    And he patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
    Davy, Davy Crockett, seeing his duty clear
    When he came home his politic’ing was done
    And the western march had just begun
    So he packed his gear and his trusty gun
    And lit out a-grinnin’ to follow the sun
    Davy, Davy Crockett, leading the pioneer