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Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Farewell To The Mountains
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 05:13 PM

When as a kid, I bought the 45rpm single of "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett", this song, "Farewell To The Mountains, was on the other side of the record. The same artist did both songs. I do not remember whether or not Fess Parker did his own singing in thr Disney movie. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell To The Mountains
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 05:24 PM

see this thread


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Subject: Lyr Add: FAREWELL TO THE MOUNTAINS
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 06:47 PM

I am hurt that Fess Parker's brilliant rendition of "Farewell to the Mountains" would be on anybody's "singing badly" list. From the ages of 7 to 11, I considered this masterpiece the very essence of sensitivity and feeling. I memorized the words in hopes that I would one day be able to sing out loud without people wincing.

I still have the original 45 in the bookcase in my living room.

I will admit that my tastes have changed considerably, so I haven't listened to it for 40 years or so. Nevertheless, I hereby pledge to defend my childhood tastes from any of you aging Philistines who don't recognize fine music created by the irreproachable Disney organization.

(verse)
Farewell to the mountains, whose mazes to me
Are more beautiful far than Eden could be.
The home I redeemed from the savage and wild.
The home I have loved as a father his child.

(bridge)
The wife of my bosom, Farewell to ye all.
In the land of the stranger, I rise or I fall.

(repeat verse)

Should these not be the actual words or should my memory be incomplete, you will have to give me a little slack. 40 years is a long time and I don't really want to blow the dust off the old record and risk spoiling a good memory.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell To The Mountains
From: GUEST,mkebenn@work
Date: 15 Dec 04 - 06:52 PM

As a point of intrest, Crockett wrote this as a poem,and George Burn? put it to music. Mike


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 01:01 PM

Crockett's FAREWELL TO THE MOUNTAINS has been posted at this old thread, and again at this old thread where it is called CROCKETT'S FAREWELL. Indeed it is longer than what Guest posted, but it might not be Guest's memory that is faulty; maybe the makers of the record pared down the poem.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crock
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 04:33 PM

In case Guest doesn't choose to follow those links, which He/She should anyway..since there's lots of good stuff there:

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Subject: Lyr Add: CROCKETT'S FAREWELL (David Crockett)
From: Dicho - PM
Date: 22 Apr 02 - 02:05 PM

Lyr. Add.: CROCKETT'S FAREWELL

Farewell to the mountains whose mazes to me
Were more beautiful far than Eden could be;
No fruit was forbidden, but Nature has spread
Her bountiful board, and her children were fed.
The hills were our garners- our herds wildly grew
And nature was shepherd and husbandman too
I felt like a monarch, yet thought like a man,
As I thanked the great Giver, and worshipped his plan.

The home I forsake when my offspring arose;
The graves I forsake where my children repose.
The home I redeemed from the savage and wild;
The home I have loved as a father his child;
The corn that I planted, the fields that I cleared,
The flocks that I raised and the cabin I reared;
The wife of my bosom-- Farewell to ye all!
In the land of the stranger I rise or I fall.

Farewell to my country! I fought for thee well,
When the savage rushed forth like the demons from hell.
In peace or in war I have stood by thy side--
My country, for thee I have lived, would have died!
But I am cast off, my career now is run,
And I wander abroad like the prodigal son--
Where the wild savage roves, and the broad prairies spread,
The fallen-- despised-- will again go ahead.

Penned by David Crockett, and edited by "Pegleg" Longfellow, "it will serve to express my feelings on leaving my home, my neighbors, and friends and country, for a strange land, as fully as I could in plain prose." Colonel Crockett's political defeat from Congress and vilification on the part of his opponents was too much for him. The land to which he traveled was to become the Republic of Texas.
Lines 1-2 of verse 1, lines 3-4, 7-8 of verse 2, have been set to music; these were heard at the time of that fictional epic, Davy Crockett and its insipid "Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the wild frontier." He hated being called Davy.
From John S. C. Abbott, "David Crockett: His Life and Adventures,", Chap. 11. On the Univ. Virginia Library website, Crockett

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Now let us NOT start to argue over whether or not Crockett died in the battle of the Alamo or was killed shortly thereafter in cold blood. That will NEVER be settled.

He was a remarkably articulate man, in his own vernacular, for someone who was considered an illiterate. Of course, Longfellow must have fixed it up a bit here and there.

If you read his surviving letters and other writings, you'll discover just what a natural talent for expression he had. His commentary about having to eat potatoes drenched in the human fat of indians that had been burned alive on top of the root cellar...when he was with on a military campaign is horrifying. He skirts around the issue of cannabilism but addresses it in his own way. His comments about the death of his first wife are also quite eloquent. His hopes for Texas as expressed in letters to his children are merely sad when you consider what was to follow.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crock
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 04:50 PM

I suppose I should add however, that IF crockket indeed wrote this, he obviously didn't start from scratch. Go to the other thread and see what the thinking is on that.

He could be expressive and it is true he played fiddle but I would assume he 'adapted' that from older songs also discussed in THAT thread.

I never gave much credence to the thought that he sat down and wrote this hisownself but even if he didn't and adapted it..well, he'd be in good company.

I prefer reading his surviving letters to gain insight into his life. H


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: Lighter
Date: 18 Dec 04 - 06:39 PM

Billy Bob Thornton as Crockett plays the fiddle (a little *too* well) in the recent very good "The Alamo." He doesn't sing this song though. ; )


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,Austin Spencer
Date: 19 Jan 12 - 09:14 AM

I like the poem that Davy Crockett because I like the woods and I gon outside every minute of my life and watch the bird fly and the deer in the swamp. I love the woods as much as you do and I wil always liike it know matter how old I am and weak i wiil always love the woods


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,John
Date: 19 Jan 12 - 09:29 AM

Hi i like Davy C rockett


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,K Doughty
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 06:50 PM

Maybe you could clear up a recently-imposed puzzle for me. I am now 59. When I was a preschooler, my parents bought a 45 record that had "TheBallad of Davy Crockett" on side a, and "Farewell To The Mountains" on side b. I have always remembered the artist as Tenessee Ernie Ford. Now I see only reference to Fess Parker. Am I mistaken? Either way, side b touched the heart of this 4 year old Hoosier. I cried at the beauty of the words, tho' now I see they were greatly abbreviated. The song has stayed vividly in my memory for over half a century. It brings back a time before I knew about war and strife.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 07:03 PM

K Doughty: This one's for you and the innocence of youth.

Note that a few places I looked said that TEF recorded The Ballad of Davy Crockett (Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier) and it hit #4 on the C+W charts for weeks in 1955. The flip side was Farewell to the Mountains.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 07:27 PM

Please note that a few places have named the B side as being Farewell.

The following info is about the BofDC by TEF and Farewell is on the B side.

Label: Capitol F-3058 w/ CS
Genre: C&W/Hillbilly/Western
Release Country: US
Release Date: 1955


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,K DOUGHTY
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 10:30 AM

Thank you very much for the information.    I have been hearing that song in my head almost constantly since the subject arose.   Ernie Ford's rich, booming voice has always been a comfort to me. He is one of my earliest memories (I was 2 when the record was pressed). I read a book that I believe was his autobiography when I was in junior high school. I couldn' t put it down, but now all I remember is a vague comical reference to an outhouse. I remember that it was hilarious, but that's all. Does anyone know the title? I really appreciate the existance of this website.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 10:44 AM

Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back by Billy Edd Wheeler is the only outhouse song that comes to mind, KD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,Mike Davis - Australia
Date: 12 Mar 12 - 05:42 PM

I had this record on a 78 back in England and played both sides constantly. One day it got dropped and broke and my Dad glued it back together again. Eventually the tick tick in addition to the interminable playing of it drove him so mad he went out and bought a second copy. I was just singing this song (farewell) this morning (don't know why) and decided to google the lyrics and here I am. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 13 Mar 12 - 02:45 AM

It's even on YouTube.

Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "Farewell [to the Mountains]":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs6GTuqSp-Y


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: GUEST,Buckeye
Date: 24 May 13 - 12:04 PM

The reference to a youthful reaction to this song struck a cord with me. I had a very similar response when as a kid back in the Midwest I heard the Crockett "Farewell," and I believed in the heroism of characters like Boone and Crockett. And, yes, though now I too have experienced war, first hand, and know the pains and joys of parenthood, I still think that simple song as sung in the Disney film is a very moving expression of sadness and hope. We all rememebr a lost Eden.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell to the Mountains (Davy Crockett)
From: Q
Date: 24 May 13 - 12:53 PM

The other longer thread of the same name contains more information.

In Texas, I saw a copy of a letter he wrote about Andrew Jackson. It is quite vitriolic.

Crockett was not illiterate- likely mostly self-taught, but he could express himself well with pen or with words, and was effective in Congress as the member from Tennessee.

Among other things, he was a Freemason (his apron has been preserved).


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