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The Battle of New Orleans
(Arr. J. Driftwood)
Johnny Horton
Pop Chart # 1 Apr. 27, 1959
Album: 16 Biggest Hits
Columbia Legacy Records CK 69971



(Banjo intro)

In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in a town in New Orleans

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two-three, with a-one-two-three)

We looked down the river
(Hut-two)
And we see'd the British come
(Three-four)
And there must have been a hundred of 'em
(Hut-two)
Beatin' on the drums
(Three-four)
They stepped so high
(Hut-two)
And they made their bugles ring
(Three-four)
We stood beside our cotton bales
(Hut-two)
And didn't say a thing
(Two-three-four)

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise
(One-hut, two-three-four)
If we didn't fire our muskets
(One-hut, two-three-four)
'Till we looked 'em in the eye
(One-hut, two-three-four)
We held our fire
(Hut, two-three-four)
'Till we see'd their faces well
Then we opened up our squirrel guns
And really gave 'em - well we

Fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars
(One-hup-two)
And they ran through the brambles
(Hup-two-three-four)
And they ran through the bushes
(Hup-two)
Where a rabbit couldn't go
(Hup-two-three-four)
They ran so fast
(Hup-two)
That the hounds couldn't catch 'em
(One-two-three-four)
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two, hup-two-three-four)

We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin'
There wasn't nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they begin to runnin'
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars
(Hup-one-two)
And they ran through the brambles
(One-two-three-four)
And they ran through the bushes
(Hup-two)
Where a rabbit couldn't go
(Hup-two-three-four)
They ran so fast
(Hup-two)
That the hounds couldn't catch 'em
(One-two-three-four)
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
(One-two, hup-two-three-four)

Hut-two-three-four
Sound off, three-four
Hut-two-three-four
Sound off, three-four
Hut-two-three-four
Hut-two-three-four.



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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm
    In 1812 we were still not free from the british. They high jacked our ships and forced americans to serve in the armies and onboard their ships. When we went to war we lost the capital and the british were capturing and overcoming the east coast. Once they reached fort mchenry, they thought they could over run them. Yet by the next morning when the dawn of the day came, our flag was still flying. The british left only to regroup in jamaica and launch a forward attack on louisiana and the town of new orleans, coronal jackson (to later be president) rounded up all the farmers and shop keeps and built a levy for them to stand behind. As the british soldiers approached, jackson told them to hold steady and fire when they were close enough, they only had one cannon however made it look as if they had more. When a man fired his rifle, he immediately handed it to a man behind him to reload it, as that man handed him a loaded rifle to fire again. It was after this defeat that the british king realized our land was not his new world anymore. The song is cute, yet it holds a lot of true history. Some of the people and their remarks should really be ashamed of themselves.
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    Betty Thayer KunkelApr 9, 2013 at 2:05 am
    This song was written by Jimmy Driftwood of Timbo, Arkansas. Mr. Driftwood, a prolific songwriter and folk singer, also wrote "Tennessee Stud". He was instrumental in starting the Ozark Folk Center State Park, in Mountain View, Arkansas and the Rackensack Folklore Society. Mr. Driftwood left us a tremendous musical legacy.

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