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Johnny Horton performs "The Battle Of New Orleans" Live Video.

Johnny Horton performs "The Battle Of New Orleans" Live Video.

"The Battle of New Orleans" is a song written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the War of 1812 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton. His version scored number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959 (see 1959 in music). Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1959, it was very popular with teenagers in the late 50's/early 60's in an era mostly dominated by rock and roll music.

 

In Billboard magazine's rankings of the top songs in the first 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "The Battle of New Orleans" was ranked as the 28th song overall,and the number-one country music song to appear on the chart.

Johnny Horton – The Battle Of New Orleans Lyrics

 

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 bloody British in the town of 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 began to runnin'

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

We looked down the river and we see'd the British come

And there must have been a hundred of 'em beatin' on the drum

They stepped so high and they made their bugles ring

We stood behind our cotton bales and didn't say a thing

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 began to runnin'

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Old Hickory said we could take 'em by surprise

If we didn't fire our muskets 'till we looked 'em in the eyes

We held our fire 'till we seed their faces well

Then we opened up our squirrel guns and 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 began to runnin'

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah they ran through the briers and they ran through the brambles

And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go

They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

We fired our cannon 'till the barrel melted down

So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round

We filled his head with cannonballs 'n' 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 began to runnin'

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah they ran through the briers and they ran through the brambles

And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go

They ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch 'em

On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Hut, hut, three, four

Sound off, three, four

Hut, hut, three, four

Sound off, three, four

Hut, hut, three, four

Hut, hut, three, four


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