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Song Parodies -> "On Old Boot Hill"

Original Song Title:

"Mockin' Bird Hill"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Patti Page

Parody Song Title:

"On Old Boot Hill"

Parody Written by:

Guy DiRito

The Lyrics

There is a grave marker in boot hill cemetary in Tombstone, Az. that this parody is about. I have seen Mr. Moore's marker on several occasions. Some URLs on the subject are in the comment lines at the bottom of this page. The original song to this parody Mockin' Bird Hill was released in 1951 so it may not be that memorable to most readers. It is one my earliest memories of anything musical..
Pulled a gun with no warning, it soon did its chore,
He caught him four doses now he's dead for sure.
In the smoke and the madness four shots called the score,
Now, no less and no more from a colt forty-four.

Ha-ha-ha, heh-heh he he, it's funny for sure,
To read of things so corny, like this epitaph lore.
In the ground here lies Les Moore,
Four shots called the score.
Now, no less and no more from a colt forty-four.

From a gun brought some mournin' up on old boot hill,
Those .44 doses most certainly kill.
A quick gun spelled disaster for old Lester Moore, *
Death came quick out the end of a colt forty-four.

---- Instrumental Interlude ----

Though he's late no ones grieving way up on boot hill,
Gone away to God's kingdom, he's buried there still.
Bury me said this guy if someday I get killed,
Put a song on my grave site up on old boot hill.

Ha-ha-ha, heh-heh he he, it's funny for sure,
To read of things so corny, like poor old Lester Moore.
Ha-ha-ha, heh-heh he he,
Four shots called the score.
Now, no less and no more from a colt forty-four.

Ha-ha-ha, heh-heh he he,
It's funny for sure,
To read of things so corny, like like poor Lester Moore.
* Lester Moore was a Wells Fargo Co. station agent for Naco, Arizona in the 1880's who is one of the people that was buried in boot hill cemetary in Tombstone, Az. His epitaph reads as follows: Here lies Lester Moore four slugs from a forty-four, no less no more. More info and pics - Boothill ---- Epitaphs

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Pacing: 4.5
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Overall Rating: 4.5

Total Votes: 8

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Adagio - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
I like the way the 'ha ha's' and 'he he's' just fall smoothly into the lyrics.Good job on this...the song goes along with it too. 5's
Rick D - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Love this. Here's what I want on my tombstone:
Each time I caught flu
It was worrisome to
The woman I called wife and lover
I told her I will
Be many times ill
Only once will I never recover
alvin rhodes - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
that was great...5s
Dee Range - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Guy, I saw his tomstone inscription somewhere this week, and laughed my ass off. I have been racking my brain, or semblace thereof, for a song to incorporate it into all week. You've taken the pressure off. Great parody
Johnny D - September 06, 2004 - Report this comment
Wow....well done, Guy, but it was weird reading a parody like this to a song that my mother used to sing to me (Mockingbird Hill) when I was a baby, and that I remember so well....
Guy - September 07, 2004 - Report this comment
Pat - Thanks for letting me entertain you with this.

Rick - Lovely epitaph - hope it doesn't get written for at least 100 years yet.

Alvin - Thanks!

Dee - What a coincidence. Don't know why I thought of this. It's been at least two years since I last visited Tombstone Az. Where did you see the epitaph? Hey if you can come up with another parody on this please be my guest. It has a kind of halloween theme to it and that observance is right around the corner again as much as I dislike it.

JD - This is a song that most moms would have liked back when it was popular. I am sure that my mother would have had it playing when I was a baby and this is why it seems to be so far back in my memory.

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