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"Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, Greenest state in the land of the free, Raised in the woods so he knew every tree, Kilt him a b'ar when he was only 3. Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier!"

Even before the Davy Crockett television series aired, there was the song "The Ballad of Davy Crockett", which premiered on the very first episode of Disneyland, October 27 of 1954. It was placed there as a coming attraction for the upcoming Crockett trilogy. The most amazing thing about this soon-to-be-hot, ten-million, best-record-seller was that it was written as an afterthought, filler, needed as padding for extra running time. Tom ("I never wrote a song in my life") Blackburn, the Crockett script writer, and George Bruns, Disney's head staff songwriter/ composer, slapped it together in about twenty minutes. Walt Disney himself hit upon the idea of using the song as a device to help move the story along saying, "The lyrics will pick it up for the kids. It's what I call a comic book approach."

In the first six months of 1955, nearly seven million copies of the song were sold, making it the fastest-selling record up to that time. It spent six months on the Hit Parade, and was recorded by Bill Hayes (a now veteran soap opera actor) who had the most popular version, at #1 on the charts for five weeks, with two-and-a-half million copies sold. Fess Parker, our Davy Crockett, reached # 5 with a million copies sold and Tennessee Ernie Ford reached #10. Eddie Arnold, Fred Waring, the Sons of the Pioneers, Steve Allen, Mitch Miller, Rusty Draper and Burl Ives were also among the 41 separate recorders to cover the song. Composer George Bruns later added, "The irony of it was that most people thought it was an authentic folk song that we uncovered and updated."
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1 Born on a mountain top in Tennessee greenest state in the land of the free raised in the woods so he knew ev'ry tree kilt him a b'ar when he was only three Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier! 

2 In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes Now, Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows, so he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

3 Off through the woods he's a marchin' along makin' up yarns an' a singin' a song itchin' fer fightin' an' rightin' a wrong he's ringy as a b'ar an' twict as strong Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer!

4 Andy Jackson is our gen'ral's name his reg'lar soldiers we'll put to shame Them redskin varmints us Volunteers'll tame 'cause we got the guns with the sure-fire aim Davy, Davy Crockett, the champion of us all!

5 Headed back to war from the ol' home place but Red Stick was leadin' a merry chase fightin' an' burnin' at a devil's pace south to the swamps on the Florida Trace Davy, Davy Crockett, trackin' the redskins down!

6 Fought single-handed through the Injun War till the Creeks was whipped an' peace was in store An' while he was handlin' this risky chore made hisself a legend for evermore Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

7 He give his word an' he give his hand that his Injun friends could keep their land An' the rest of his life he took the stand that justice was due every redskin band Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his promise dear!

8 Home fer the winter with his family happy as squirrels in the ol' gum tree bein' the father he wanted to be close to his boys as the pod an' the pea Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his young'uns dear!

9 But the ice went out an' the warm winds came an' the meltin' snow showed tracks of game An' the flowers of Spring filled the woods with flame an' all of a sudden life got too tame Davy, Davy Crockett, headin' on West again!

10 Off through the woods we're ridin' along makin' up yarns an' singin' a song He's ringy as a b'ar an' twict as strong an' knows he's right 'cause he ain' often wrong Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear! 
Music by George Bruns ~ Lyrics by Tom Blackburn
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11 Lookin' fer a place where the air smells clean where the trees is tall an' the grass is green where the fish is fat in an untouched stream an' the teemin' woods is a hunter's dream Davy, Davy Crockett, lookin' fer Paradise!

12 Now he's lost his love an' his grief was gall in his heart he wanted to leave it all an' lose himself in the forests tall but he answered instead his country's call Davy, Davy Crockett, beginnin' his campaign!

13 Needin' his help they didn't vote blind They put in Davy 'cause he was their kind sent up to Nashville the best they could find a fightin' spirit an' a thinkin' mind Davy, Davy Crockett, choice of the whole frontier!

14 The votes were counted an' he won hands down so they sent him off to Washin'ton town with his best dress suit still his buckskins brown a livin' legend of growin' renown Davy, Davy Crockett, the Canebrake Congressman! 

15 He went off to Congress an' served a spell fixin' up the Govern'ments an' laws as well took over Washin'ton so we heered tell an' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

16 Him an' his jokes travelled all through the land an' his speeches made him friends to beat the band His politickin' was their favorite brand an' everyone wanted to shake his hand Davy, Davy Crockett, helpin' his legend grow! 

17 He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell of his hopes for White House an' fame as well But he spoke out strong so hist'ry books tell an' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

18 When he come home his politickin' done the western march had just begun So he packed his gear an' his trusty gun an' lit out grinnin' to follow the sun Davy, Davy Crockett, leadin' the pioneer!

19 He heard of Houston an' Austin so to the Texas plains he jest had to go Where freedom was fightin' another foe an' they needed him at the Alamo Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

20 His land is biggest an' his land is best from grassy plains to the mountain crest He's ahead of us all meetin' the test followin' his legend into the West Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!
Music by George Bruns ~ Lyrics by Tom Blackburn
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