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The Ballad of Davy Crockett
Bill Hayes Lyrics


Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
The greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew every tree
And kilt him a bar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

He fought single-handed through the Injun War
Till the Creeks was whipped and peace was in store
And while he was handling this risky chore
He made himself a legend for evermore
Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier

Oh, when he lost his love his grief was gall
In his heart he wanted to leave it all
And lose himself in the forests tall
But he answered instead his country's call
Davy, Davy Crockett, the choice of the whole frontier

He went off to Congress and served a spell
Fixing up the Government and laws as well
Took over Washington so we heered tell
And patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
Davy, Davy Crockett, serving his country well

When he come home his politicking done
While the big western march had just begun
He packed his gear and his trusty gun
And lit out grinning to follow the sun
Davy, Davy Crockett, leading the pioneer

His land is biggest and his land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
He's ahead of us all meeting the test
Following his legend right into the West
Davy, Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier
King of the wild frontier

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Tom Blackburn, George Edward Bruns

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The Ballad Of Davy Crockett
Song by Bill Hayes
Lyrics
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 be 'are when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!
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!
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 be 'are an' twict as strong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Off through the woods we're ridin' along
makin' up yarns an' singin' a song
He's ringy as a be 'are an' twict as strong
an' knows he's right 'cause he ain' often wrong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Songwriters: Tom Blackburn / George Edward Bruns



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Judy Winfree

Congratulations on 50 years of entertaining us musically as well as you're acting skills on Days of Our Lives. We love you Bill Hayes. 💗

Judy Winfree

@Jody Nicholes Dougherty
He is so precious he's 95 years old.
and the woman that plays his wife on the show is his wife in real life also.
They are so darling. ❤️💜❤️

Jody Nicholes Dougherty

I adore him on DAYS

Bill Herald

Bill Hayes was a frequent performer -- along with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca -- on "Your Show of Shows" in the early days of television. This song topped the national pop music charts for five weeks in 1955, breaking a string of 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1 for the McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely."

Jody Carver

I hate to brag  but   that's  my Dad Zeb Carver playing the Jaw Harp many years ago Miss  you dad   Love You......Jody

sauquoit13456

Happy Birthday to Bill Hayes, born ninety years today on June 5th, 1925...
And exactly sixty years ago today on his 30th birthday his version of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was at #9 on Billboard's Best Sellers in Store chart; and just over twelve weeks earlier on March 10th, 1955 it would peak at #1 {for 5 weeks} on that chart and it stayed on the Top 100 for 20 weeks...

Robert Crestohl

Bill Hayes is still alive at 96.

Claudia Cotner

I was 5 years old when it came out, and it brings back great memories of a nice time in America. We all had Davey Crockett muskits and went to the movies to see it. To me Fess Parker will always be Davey. John Wayne had other things to fall back on!

Claudia Cotner

I am ghost writing for Ms Claudia. By the way, my father was a Polish Jew who fought in Monty’s British 8th Army in North Africa. Until he passed he received a pension “ on her majesty’s service.”

philip norris

Nice one, Claudia (incidentally, I'm British).

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