CLANCY LOWERED THE BOOM

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  • CLANCY LOWERED THE BOOM
    “Clancy Lowered the Boom” is a song written by Hy Heath & Johnny Lange in 1947,
    made famous by Dennis Day on Jack Benny‘s radio program (The Jack Benny Program).
    The song follows the adventures of an Irish-American stereotype as he “lowers the boom”
    on any person that gives him “guff”.
    On his VH1 Storytellers record with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash mentions that the
    melody for his well-known Columbia Records hit “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” was
    taken from “Clancy Lowered the Boom”. It was also recorded by Bing Crosby, and it was
    Petula Clark‘s second single in 1949.
    Now Clancy was a peaceful man
    If you know what I mean,
    The cops picked up the pieces
    After Clancy left the scene,
    He never looked for trouble
    That’s a fact you can assume,
    But never-the-less when trouble would press.
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    Chorus:
    Oh, that Clancy, Oh that Clancy
    Whenever they got his Irish up,
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    O’Leary was a fighting man,
    They all knew he was tough,
    He strutted ’round the neighborhood,
    A-shootin’ off his guff,
    He picked a fight with Clancy,
    Then and there he sealed his doom,
    Before you could shout “O’Leary, look out!”
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    Chorus:
    Oh, that Clancy, Oh that Clancy
    Whenever they got his Irish up,
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    O’Hollihan delivered ice
    To Misses Clancy’s flat,
    He’d always linger for a while,
    To talk of this and that,
    One day he kissed her,
     Just as Clancy walked into the room,
    Before you could say the time of day,
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    Chorus:
    Oh, that Clancy, Oh that Clancy
    Whenever they got his Irish up,
    Clancy lowered the boom!
    Sure it was the most beautiful sight you ever did see
    when Clancy Lowered The Boom