Sunday, October 26, 2008

TODAY'S TWD: WYATT'S THEME

1881 - The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.

As I suggested I might do earlier, I went to the timeline for the history of the real world to find the inspiration for Sunday's Tiddlywinkydink.

Many TV shows today forego theme songs altogether. But back in the day, they were elaborate splainins of what the show was all about - 'Gilligan's Island' may be the best example.

The theme song for 'The Life And Legend of Wyatt Earp' served not only as an introduction to the main character, but it could also stand alone as an American folk ballad about one of the most legendary characters in the Old West.

"The Legend of Wyatt Earp"
music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Harold Adamson

Performed by the Ken Darby Singers; as well as Johnny Western

I'll tell you a story

A real true life story
A tale of the Western frontier

The West it was lawless

But one man was flawless
And his is the story you'll hear.

CHORUS

Wyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp,
brave, courageous and bold.

Long live his fame and long live his glory
And long may his story be told.

He came to Kansas

To settle in Kansas
He planned on a peaceable life.

Some goods and some chattel

A few head of cattle
A home and a sweet loving wife.

CHORUS

He wasn't partial

To being a marshal
But fate went and dealt him his hand.

While outlaws were lootin'
And killin' and shootin'
He knew that he must take a stand.

CHORUS

He cleaned up the country

The Old Wild West country
He made law and order prevail

And none can deny it
The legend of Wyatt
Forever will live on the trail.

CHORUS

BCnU!
Toby O'B

1 comment:

Mercurie said...

I definitely miss the theme songs of old. It's too bad so many shows forgo them now.