battle of new orleans lyrics – johnny horton

the battle of new orleans
(arr. j. driftwood)
johnny horton
pop chart # 1 apr. 27, 1959
columbia legacy records ck 69971

(banjo intro)

in 1814 we took a little trip
along with colonel jackson down the mighty mississip
we took a little bacon and we took a little beans
and we caught the bl**dy british in a town in new orleans

we fired our guns and the british kept a-comin’
there wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
we fired once more and they begin to runnin’
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico
(one-two-three, with a-one-two-three)

we looked down a river
(hut-two)
and we see’d the british come
(three-four)
and there must have been a hundred of’em
(hut-two)
beatin’ on the drums
(three-four)
they stepped so high
(hut-two)
and they made their bugles ring
(three-four)
we stood by our cotton bales
(hut-two)
and didn’t say a thing
(two-three-four)

we fired our guns and the british kept a-comin’
there wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
we fired once more and they begin to runnin’
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico

old hickory said we could take ’em by surprise
(one-hut, two-three-four)
if we didn’t fire our muskets
(one-hut, two-three-four)
’till we looked ’em in the eye
(one-hut, two-three-four)
we held our fire
(hut, two-three-four)
’till we see’d their faces well
then we opened up our squirrel guns
and really gave ’em – well we

fired our guns and the british kept a-comin’
there wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
we fired once more and they begin to runnin’
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico

yeah, they ran through the briars
(one-hup-two)
and they ran through the brambles
(hup-two-three-four)
and they ran through the bushes
(hup-two)
where the rabbit couldn’t go
(hup-two-three-four)
they ran so fast
(hup-two)
that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
(one-two-three-four)
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico
(one-two, hup-two-three-four)

we fired our cannon ’til the barrel melted down
so we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round
we filled his head with cannon b*lls, and powdered his behind
and when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind

we fired our guns and the british kept a-comin’
there wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
we fired once more and they begin to runnin’
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico

yeah, they ran through the briars
(hup-one-two)
and they ran through the brambles
(one-two-three-four)
and they ran through the bushes
(hup-two)
where the rabbit couldn’t go
(hup-two-three-four)
they ran so fast
(hup-two)
that the hounds couldn’t catch ’em
(one-two-three-four)
on down the mississippi to the gulf of mexico
(one-two, hup-two-three-four)

hut-two-three-four
sound off, three-four
hut-two-three-four
sound off, three-four
hut-two-three-four
hut-two-three-four.

~

/ johnny horton lyrics