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Mr Custer

Larry Verne
Language: English

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[1960]
Lyrics and Music by Larry Verne
Testo e musica di Larry Verne

Larry Verne dressed as grl. Custer. Larry Verne vestito da generale Custer.
Larry Verne dressed as grl. Custer. Larry Verne vestito da generale Custer.
"Mr. Custer" is a novelty song, sung by Larry Verne, that was a number-one song in the United States during the year 1960. It topped the Billboard magazine chart on October 10, 1960 and remained there for one week. It is a comical song about a soldier's plea to Custer at the climatic Battle of the Little Bighorn against the Sioux that he did not want to fight. - en.wikipedia.

Nel 2006, il giornalista freelance Joseph Walther traeva spunto dalla canzone per un paragone ben azzeccato tra George A. Custer e George W. Bush:

“[…] General George Armstrong Custer and George Bush have some things in common. Custer was not very bright and Bush seems intent on demonstrating to the world that he’s not quite as bright. Custer’s ego swelled out of proportion to reality because Grant promoted him to the temporary rank of Brigadier General at the age of twenty-three. This coupled with a monumental level of arrogance made him colossally stupid and careless.

George Bush acquired his ego and stupidity later in life. Some people have said that he was quite the drinker for much of his earlier years. Medical experts claim that excessive alcohol consumption destroys brain cells. I don’t know if this is true in either case. However, given George’s penchant for refusing to let facts interfere with his perception of reality, I’d say that the claims are true. […]” (Joseph Walther, 2006-11-03)
(Shrieks and `Red Indian sounds' in background)

(That famous day in history)
(The men of the 7th Cavalry went riding on)
(And from the rear a voice was heard)
(A brave young man with a trembling word rang loud and clear)

What am I doin' here?

Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go
Hey, Mr. Custer, please don't make me go
I had a dream last night about the comin' fight
Somebody yelled "Attack!"
And there I stood with a arrow in my back.

Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go
(Forward, HO-O-O-O-O!) Oooohhhh

SPOKEN:
Look at them bushes out there, they're movin'
And there's a injun behind every one
Hey, Mr. Custer, you mind if I be excused the rest of the afternoon?
HEY CHARLIE, DUCK YER HEAD!!
(Sound of arrow whizzing by)
Hmm, you're a little bit late on that one, Charlie
Whooh, I bet that smarts!

(They were sure of victory
(The men of the 7th Cavalry, as they rode on)
(But then from the rear a voice was heard)
(That same brave voice with the trembling word rang loud and clear)

What am I doin' here?

Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go
Listen, Mr. Custer, please don't make me go
There's a redskin waitin' out there, just fixin to take my hair
A coward I've been called, cuz I don't wanna wind up dead or bald

Please Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go
(Forward, HO-O-O-O-O!) Oooohhhh

SPOKEN:
I wonder what the injun word for friend is
Let's see....friend.....kemo sabe, that's it
KEMO SABE!, HEY OUT THERE, KEMO SABE!
(Sound of arrow whizzing by)
No, that itn't it
Look at 'em out there
Runnin' around like a bunch of wild Indians, heh-heh
Nah, this ain't no time for jokin'
(Sound of arrows whizzing by)

Contributed by Alessandro - 2008/6/6 - 13:59




Language: English

La versione interpretata da Charlie Drake
Version as performed by Charlie Drake
MR CUSTER

(Shrieks and `Red Indian sounds' in background)

(That famous day in history)
(The men of the 7th cavalry went riding on)
(And from the rear a voice was heard)
(A brave young man with a trembling word rang loud and clear)

What am I doing here?

Please Mr.Custer, I don't wanna go
Eh, er, Mr.Custer? Please don't make me go
I had a dream last night about the comin' fight
Somebody yelled "Attack!"
And there I stood with an arrow in my back
Please Mr.Custer, I don't wanna go
Oh-oh, oh..

SPOKEN:
Look at `em bushes out there, they're movin'
There's an Indian behind every one of `em
Er, um, Mr.Custer
May I be excused for the rest of the afternoon, please?
Wanna change my library book
OY, WATCH OUT, DUCK YOUR HEAD!
Oo-er, bit late on that one, son
God, I bet that don't half hurt

(They were sure of victory)
(The men of the 7th Cavalry as they rolled on)
(When from the rear a voice was heard)
(That same great voice with a trembling word rang loud and clear)

What am I doing here?

Please Mr.Custer, I don't wanna go
Er, listen, er, Mr.Custer? Please don't make me go
There's a redskin waitin'out there, waitin' to cut my hair
A coward I've been called
But I don't wanna wind up dead or bald
Please Mr.Custer, I don't wanna go
Oo-errr, err-oo

SPOKEN:
Now, let's see, what's the Indian word for `friend'?
Oh yes, I know – manyarna, yeah that's it
Oy, you lot out there `Manyarna'
(Arrow whizzes by) Ooo!
Oooh! No, that ain't it
Look at `em out there
Running around like a bunch of wild Indians
Bunch of wild Indians! Ha-ha-ha-ha
Now this is no time for joking
(Sound of many arrows whizzing by)
Oo…oh…oo…help!
Mr Custer?
Oh my God!

(Fades)

Contributed by Alessandro - 2008/6/6 - 14:04


In un primo momento, erroneamente, tale canzone era stata attribuita al grande Bo Diddley, che ci ha lasciati lo scorso 2 giugno. Bo Diddley, in effetti, è stato autore di un'altra Mr Custer (del 1936, che può essere ascoltata qui), che però non ha nulla a che fare con il testo di Larry Verne. Nel ristrutturare la pagina (capita a volte anche nelle migliori famiglie...) non ce la siamo sentiti di cancellare un suo piccolo ricordo (a cura di Alessandro), che riproduciamo qui sotto:

Bo Diddley.
Bo Diddley.


Se n'è andato il grande Bo Diddley. Pare che se ne sia andato ascoltando un vecchio gospel, "Walk Around Heaven". Che il Dio/Demonio del blues lo accolga con tutti gli onori nella sua casa eterna!

CCG/AWS Staff - 2008/6/6 - 17:32


The humorous novelty song "Please Mr. Kennedy", a plea from a reluctant astronaut, appears to be a fourth generation derivative of the 1960 song "Mr. Custer", also known as "Please Mr. Custer", about the Battle of the Little Bighorn, sung by Larry Verne and written by Al DeLory, Fred Darian, and Joseph Van Winkle. A Tamla-Motown single followed in 1961: "Please Mr. Kennedy (I Don't Want to Go)", a plea from a reluctant Vietnam War draftee, sung by Mickey Woods and credited to Berry Gordy, Loucye Wakefield and Ronald Wakefield. In 1962 using a similar theme, The Goldcoast Singers recorded "Please Mr. Kennedy" on its Here They Are album, with writing credits to Ed Rush and George Cromarty. The Llewyn Davis version credits Rush, Cromarty, Burnett, Timberlake, and the Coens.


"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Ft: Adam Driver, Justin Timberlake & Oscar Isaac
Produced By: "T-Bone" Burnett


PLEASE MR. KENNEDY

[All]
10...9...8...7.6.5...4...3...2...

[Adam Driver]
One second please!

[Chorus]
Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)
P-P-Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)

[Verse 1: Justin Timberlake & Oscar Isaac]
I sweat when they stuff me in the pressure suits
Bubble helmet, Flash Gordon boots
Nowhere up there in gravity zero (outer...space)
I need to breathe, don't need to be a hero (outer...space)
Are you reading me loud and clear?
Oh!

[Chorus]
Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)
P-P-Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)

[Verse 2: Justin Timberlake & Oscar Isaac]
I'm six-foot two, and so perhaps you'll
Tell me how to fit into a five foot capsule
I won't be known as man of the century
If I burn up upon reentry
Gotta red-blooded wife with a healthy libido
You'll lose her vote if you make her a widow
And who'll play catch out in the back with our kid?
Oh!

[Chorus]
Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)

[All]
Countdown!
10...9...8...7.6.5...4...3...2...

[Adam Driver]
Oh no!

[Chorus]
Please Mr. Kennedy (Uh oh!)
I don't wanna go (please don't shoot me into outer space)
Please (oh please!)
Please (oh please!)
Please (oh please!)
Please don't shoot me into outer space!
Please (oh please!)
Please (oh please!)
Please don't shoot me into outer space!

Please Mr. Kennedy!


https:
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WCRAuIcjsc


Da Wikipedia e http://genius.com/

Krzysiek Wrona - 2015/3/1 - 18:58


This song. Please Mr. Kennedy, I know it is suppose funny but anti-war songs are not suppose to be funny If you want to hear a real anti-war song listen to the music from the movie, The Boys In Company C, and you will near real anti-war music.

2017/3/14 - 20:35


Grazie. Le ascolterò.
In cambio posso consigliare la visione del film russo del 2007
"Cargo 200" (Gruz 200):



Ecco il relativo soundtracks:



Saluti

Krzysiek - 2017/3/14 - 22:38




Language: Italian

La cover di Pippo Franco, realizzata nel 1967 per la pubblicità in Carosello dell'acqua e bibite San Pellegrino, la réclame introdotta dal personaggio del Maestro Bombardone.
Poi nell'LP del 1968 "I personaggi di Pippo Franco"

I personaggi di Pippo Franco

"Si tratta dell’adattamento italiano del quasi omonimo brano di Larry Verne “Mr. Custer” lanciato nel lontano 1960, che in chiave comica riprende il rifiuto di un soldato semplice di andare in guerra contro i sioux al comando del generale Custer, prevedendo la beffarda e scontata riuscita della battaglia. Una canzone in un certo senso che si riallaccia velatamente alla protesta mondiale contro la guerra nel Vietnam, che riscontrava allora anche nel movimento beat italiano la piena condanna.
In definitiva una cover riuscita e personalizzata ad hoc che riesce a mostrare ancora una volta la verve ironica del nostro Pippo, che si distinguerà in seguito come attore comico d’eccellenza della commedia sexy all’italiana oltre che fenomenale attore teatrale.
Questo 45 giri ormai introvabile, tanto che lo stesso Pippo Franco ha dichiarato durante una intervista di non esserne in possesso (!), ha il vanto di essere l’unico reperto noto del cosiddetto (e passateci pure il termine) “beat demenziale” che ha saputo prendere alla leggera, anche ridendoci su se vogliamo, la realtà dei fatti che caratterizzarono la allora difficile situazione mondiale in pieno subbuglio socio-politico-economico." (Alex e Vittorio “Vikk” Papa su Orrore a 33 giri)



MISTER CUSTER

Col generale Custer noi partiamo per combattere gli indiani!
E non temiamo nè le lance, nè i coltelli, nè le frecce dei Sioux!

Io invece ho paura!

Prego signor Custer! Io non so sparar!
Ehi! Signor Custer! Non vorrei venir!

Io ho la vaga impressione
Vedendo nel cielo gli avvoltoi
E quei segnali di fumo
Che qui le cose si metteranno male!

Prego signor Custer! Ci ripensi su!
Ma…ma lo sa che gli indiani
Ci tagliano i capelli
Io ai miei ci tengo
E vorrei pettinarli con la riga in mezzo!

Ehi! Signor Custer
Guardi quanti indiani ci stanno seguendo in silenzio!
Ehi caporale!
Io scappo!
Sssshh!

Io non vi ho fatto niente signori Sioux...
Io non ho niente contro di voi... non ho niente...

Col generale Custer noi marciamo per combattere gli indiani!
E non temiamo nè le lance, nè i coltelli, nè le frecce dei Sioux!

Ecco gli indiani si stanno avvicinando!

Prego signor Custer! Io non so sparar!
Senta signor Custer… sto tremando tutto...

E se lei mi avesse ascoltato
Ora non saremmo nei guai!
Toro Seduto si è alzato
S’è pure arrabbiato e la festa ci vuol far!

Ehi! Signor Custer! Io l’avevo detto!
Ha visto? Che fine ha fatto signor Custer...
Sono finiti tutti male...
Anche lei signor Custer non è che stia molto bene...
Ed io sono senza capelli... Oh Dio mi sento male!

Oh Dio, hai visto che brutta fine ha fatto il signor Custer...
Io gliel’avevo detto!
Non la facciamo la guerra con gli indiani!

Ehi signor Custer!
E’ contento adesso, eh?
Contento? Contento e senza capelli, eh?
Signor Custer... io... gliel’avevo detto...
Signor Custer...

Contributed by B.B. - 2018/2/18 - 12:05



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