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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 8:40 p.m. PST

Original recording by Jimmie Driftwood who wrote the dong.
YouTube link
He originally wrote it while a school teacher. It was for his history class, to make it more interesting. grin
Oddly, Lafitte and Packenham didn't make it into Johnny Horton's Version.

Driftwood also wrote The Tennessee Stud. YouTube surfing brought me to BoNO.
Interesting guy.

jdpintex27 Oct 2017 4:38 a.m. PST

I like this version much better than Johnny Horton's, albeit Horton's is pretty great.

Many thanks for the link. It's the best you've ever posted.

21eRegt27 Oct 2017 5:25 a.m. PST

A great find.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 7:15 a.m. PST

Well, it's slightly less idiotic than the Johnny Horton version but it's still crap history. Packenham is mentioned in the song but apparently, in the alternate universe described in this musical fewmet, he was only a colonel.

The park rangers at Chalmette National Battlefield are not great fans (to put it mildly) of the Horton version and I suspect they'd extend their dislike to the original as well.

LT

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

Its a song, for heaven's sakes.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 5:42 p.m. PST

True, but a history teacher writing for his class should have done better. I've worked the Battle of New Orleans reenactment for all but two years since 2004 and I am amazed at how many visitors are under the impression that this song actually has something to do with the real battle.

Of course, I recall listening to a man describing the battle to his son: <pointing at the Seventh US Infantry> "The soldiers in the blue coats are in our army." <pointing towards the British encampment> "And those soldiers over there are the Confederates." I probably can't blame Jimmie Driftwood and Johnny Horton for that one.

LT

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 7:33 p.m. PST

Are we going to apply the same standards to pop music as we do to movies with tanks? grin
The song was written before the right thinking Americans learned that Andy Jackson was a boo hiss villain.

Are you trying to say that they DIDN'T grab an alligator and powder his behind????

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP27 Oct 2017 7:35 p.m. PST

I should also point out, in the interest of accuracy and correcting my OP, that Jimmie Driftwood didn't write a dong. He wrote a song.

jdpintex27 Oct 2017 9:33 p.m. PST

I must have missed the memo. Jackson is now a villan?

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