Davy Crockett

“Davy Crockett Indian Fighter” 12/15/54
“Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” 1/26/55
“Davy Crockett At the Alamo” 2/23/55
“Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race” 11/16/55
“Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” 12/14/55

Produced as part of Walt Disney Studios under the Disneyland banner

Davy Crockett Cast

Fess Parker as Davy Crockett
Buddy Ebsen as George Russel

Davy Crockett Theme Song

“Ballad of Davy Crockett”
Words by George Bruns and Lyrics by Tom Blackburn
Performed by Bill Hayes

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew ev’ry tree
Kilt him a b’ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose
Addin’ redskin arrows to the country’s woes
Now, Injun fightin’ is somethin’ he knows,
So he shoulders his rifle an’ off he goes
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don’t know fear!

Off through the woods he’s a marchin’ along
Makin’ up yarns an’ a singin’ a song
Itchin’ fer fightin’ an’ rightin’ a wrong
He’s ringy as a b’ar an’ twict as strong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer!

Andy Jackson is our gen’ral’s name
His reg’lar soldiers we’ll put to shame
Them redskin varmints us Volunteers’ll tame
’cause we got the guns with the sure-fire aim
Davy, Davy Crockett, the champion of us all!~

Headed back to war from the ol’ home place
but Red Stick was leadin’ a merry chase
Fightin’ an’ burnin’ at a devil’s pace
South to the swamps on the Florida Trace
Davy, Davy Crockett, trackin’ the redskins down!

Fought single-handed through the Injun War
till the Creeks was whipped an’ peace was in store
An’ while he was handlin’ this risky chore
Made hisself a legend for evermore
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

He give his word an’ he give his hand
that his Injun friends could keep their land
An’ the rest of his life he took the stand
that justice was due every redskin band
Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin’ his promise dear!

Home fer the winter with his family
Happy as squirrels in the ol’ gum tree
Bein’ the father he wanted to be
Close to his boys as the pod an’ the pea
Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin’ his young’uns dear!

But the ice went out an’ the warm winds came
An’ the meltin’ snow showed tracks of game
An’ the flowers of Spring filled the woods with flame
An’ all of a sudden life got too tame
Davy, Davy Crockett, headin’ on West again!

Off through the woods we’re ridin’ along
Makin’ up yarns an’ singin’ a song
He’s ringy as a b’ar an’ twict as strong
An’ knows he’s right ’cause he ain’ often wrong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don’t know fear!

Lookin’ fer a place where the air smells clean
Where the trees is tall an’ the grass is green
Where the fish is fat in an untouched stream
An’ the teemin’ woods is a hunter’s dream
Davy, Davy Crockett, lookin’ fer Paradise!

Now he’s lost his love an’ his grief was gall
In his heart he wanted to leave it all
An’ lose himself in the forests tall
but he answered instead his country’s call
Davy, Davy Crockett, beginnin’ his campaign!

Needin’ his help they didn’t vote blind
They put in Davy ’cause he was their kind
Sent up to Nashville the best they could find
a fightin’ spirit an’ a thinkin’ mind
Davy, Davy Crockett, choice of the whole frontier!

The votes were counted an’ he won hands down
So they sent him off to Washin’ton town
With his best dress suit still his buckskins brown
A livin’ legend of growin’ renown
Davy, Davy Crockett, the Canebrake Congressman!

He went off to Congress an’ served a spell
Fixin’ up the Govern’ments an’ laws as well
Took over Washin’ton so we heered tell
An’ patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
Davy, Davy Crockett, seein’ his duty clear!

Him an’ his jokes travelled all through the land
An’ his speeches made him friends to beat the band
His politickin’ was their favorite brand
An’ everyone wanted to shake his hand
Davy, Davy Crockett, helpin’ his legend grow!

He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell
of his hopes for White House an’ fame as well
But he spoke out strong so hist’ry books tell
An’ patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
Davy, Davy Crockett, seein’ his duty clear!

When he come home his politickin’ done
The western march had just begun
So he packed his gear an’ his trusty gun
An’ lit out grinnin’ to follow the sun
Davy, Davy Crockett, leadin’ the pioneer!

He heard of Houston an’ Austin so
To the Texas plains he jest had to go
Where freedom was fightin’ another foe
An’ they needed him at the Alamo
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don’t know fear!

His land is biggest an’ his land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
He’s ahead of us all meetin’ the test
Followin’ his legend into the West
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

Davy Crockett Tidbits

This could rightly be called the first miniseries of all time. Under the Walt Disney banner, Davy captured the hearts of both young and old. The show was also a merchandising pioneer as coonskin caps sold like hotcakes. About 100 million dollars worth. The idea of selling tie-ins from a show is accepted practice now but it wasn’t back then!

What’s curious about this is that Davy Crockett was only a five feature Frontierland adventure which aired as part of Disneyland.

The first three episodes were:
“Davy Crockett Indian Fighter” 12/15/54
“Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” 1/26/55
“Davy Crockett At the Alamo” 2/23/55

Now as any student of history knows, Davy at the Alamo kind of boxed Disney into a corner because that’s where his tale ends. So they had to go back and make episodes about his earlier exploits. Which were:
“Davy Crockett’s Keelboat Race” 11/16/55
“Davy Crockett and the River Pirates” 12/14/55

Davy Crockett never got a series of his own.

Fess Parker portrayed both Davy Crockett and later Daniel Boone on TV. Many historians feel that this caused a permanent blurring of the two real life men into one entity forever making each less distinct.

Fess Parker now runs the Fess Parker Winery where you can buy a coonskin cap!

Passing

Sadly Fess Parker Passed away 3/18/2010 of natural causes he was 85

Fess Parker
Fess Parker