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Song Parodies -> "The Ride Of Paul Revere"

Original Song Title:

"Fugue For Tinhorns (From Guys and Dolls)"

Original Performer:

Frank Sinatra

Parody Song Title:

"The Ride Of Paul Revere"

Parody Written by:

Airfarcewon

The Lyrics

Paul and his horse we cheer,
I'm talkin' Paul Revere
He warned us when the British were comin' here
Did do, did do,
The guy and his horse did do
This guy and his horse did do, did do, did do
It happened "Seven - Five"
Now, not a man's alive
Nobody left recallin' that famous drive
No guy, all die
'Cause two centurys..go by
If two centurys...go by
All die..no guy
No way..

'Twas Paul Revere that night,
Rode fast and held on tight
He told his friend to hang
lantern signal light...
One if by land, should be
Two, if they come by sea
And he along the opposite shore would be
To spread...alarm
Through each middlesex and farm
For all of the folks to arm
And meet with no harm,
No harm...

To shore, to shore,
Paul rowed with a muffled oar, soft oar
Docked there on that Charlestown shore
Near Som-erset..That old man, The man..of war
Big...man of war

He climbed the North Church tower
And there he saw two lamps..
He saw two lamps in the belfry burn
So, off he..
galloped..

Upon this night so clear
Away rode, Paul Revere
With a defiant cry and not one of fear
Wake up! Wake up!
He yelled, everyone wake up !
Yelled loud, everyone wake up !
Wake up, they did..

So, thanks to Paul Revere
We have our freedom, here
To him and his great courage, we owe a cheer
Did do, did do,
This guy with the horse did do
In our great time of need
Fast hoofbeats of his steed
Proudly helped this hero do his deed
That night, that night
Saved us from the British might
Now, there's democracy
And there's a you and me
All livin' in a land filled with liberty
Paul Revere...
Famous stride...
Midnight ride,
The Ride Of Paul Revere...




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Lionel Mertens - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
I think Paul Revere lived in Concord 5's
John Barry - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
This parody is long, fellow. And clever.
alvin rhodes - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
my favorite of the day...wonderful concept and execution
Kristof Robertson - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
A great parody to a song from one of my favourite musicals. 555
AFW - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks, Lionel, alvin, John, Kristof...and I see I suffered a bad spell while writing this...twice...with "Centuries"
Johnny D - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Bravo, AFW, 555!

Paul Revere lived in Boston's North End, not in Concord.

On the night of April 18-19, 1775, not only Paul Revere but an entire pre-arranged network of riders spread out through Middlesex county to alert all the outlying towns, farms, and settlements. The British were well aware of this network of colonial alert-riders and had sent out patrols to intercept them wherever possible. It was one such patrol that encountered Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Dr. Samuel Prescott between Lexington and Concord. Prescott jumped his horse over a stone wall and evaded the British troops by galloping off through the woods; Dawes turned back towards Lexington and hid on a nearby farm; but Revere was surrounded by a group of British Regulars who detained him and then confiscated his horse. Revere and Dawes didn't make it to Concord that night --- but Dr. Samuel Prescott did. In Concord, the Barrett family hid a huge stash of ammunition underneath their grandmother's feather bed with granny in the bed itself --- when the British troops entered the bedroom, they excused themselves like proper English gentlemen when they saw the old lady in her bed and left the room undisturbed. Various other clever means of hiding guns & ammo were employed around Concord before the British troops arrived. Meanwhile, a group of about 400 angry Minutemen (teenage boys) & militia (farmers & tradesmen) from Concord, Acton, and numerous surrounding towns, gathered in the early morning twilight on Punkatasset Hill, just north of downtown Concord, across the Sudbury/Concord River from a group of around 70 to perhaps as many as 100 outnumbered and frightened British troops who were under orders to hold the North Bridge. In the center of town, some British troops had found a few cannon and were burning them in the town square when some embers from the burning cannon touched-off a fire on a nearby building --- the British troops voluntarily joined in a bucket-brigade with the townspeople to put out the fire on the building's roof, since they were under orders to destroy only munitions, nothing else. But over on Punkatasset Hill, the Minutemen & militiamen saw the smoke rising over the center of town in the distance, and rumors immediately spread that the British were burning down Concord! Enraged, the colonials marched towards the North Bridge, with the Acton men leading the way since they were the only ones whose muskets had fixed bayonets. The grossly outnumbered British troops on other side of the bridge were terrified at the sight of 400 armed and angry colonials advancing on them --- somebody fired a shot --- then volleys rang out from both sides --- and when the smoke cleared, Abner Hosmer of Acton, Captain Isaac Davis of Acton, and James Hayward of Acton lay dead on the colonial's side of the river, while fourteen British lay wounded or dead on the other side. The American Revolution had begun.
Johnny D - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
BTW, my wife and I live in Concord, Massachusetts. In 2004, I marched in our annual Patriot's Day Parade (April 19) in-costume along with the entire cast of The Concord Players' production of the Broadway musical " 1776 " --- I played the part of Dr. Lyman Hall, Congressional delegate from Georgia and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
AFW - June 28, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks, Johnny D...and thanks for this in-depth, and very interesting story tag ....I never realized you lived where all this great history took place...

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