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Lyrics, Poetry and Prose III

A place to share some words of beauty, inspiration, and fun. WARNING: This week’s selections are not politically correct. They include cruelty to an alligator, hurtful slurs to native Americans, and a proud black man exploited by a white boss. Click on the name of the piece to get a video or more information. You have some favorites? Please share…

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 ‘n’ powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind

Battle of New Orleans writer James Morris, singer Johnny Horton

Please Mr. Custer, I don’t wanna go
Listen Mr. Custer, please don’t make me go
There’s a redskin waitin’ out there, just fixin to take my hair
A coward I’ve been called, cuz I don’t wanna wind up dead or bald

Please Mr. Custer Singer: Larry Verne, Composers: Fred Darian, Al DeLory, and Joseph Van Winkle

John Henry said to the Captain
Well a man ain’t nothing but a man
And before I let a steam drill beat me down
Going to die with a hammer in my hand, Lord, Lord
Going to die with a hammer in my hand

The Ballad of John Henry Richard Buckner, Melanie Clarin, Alex Liu, Stephanie Rogan