The Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton  Lyrics

August 19, 2008

Album: N/A
Genre: Country
Released: 1959

This song is a classic country that describes the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 against British Forces. The single was written by Jimmie Driftwood and with many version, the most popular is from Johnny Horton. The song reached the peak position #1 on Billboard Hot 100 during 1959. The Battle of New Orleans is a song usually used during US sporting events. According to Jimmie Driftwood, the idea with the song was to create interest in all students for the history. This single won at 1960 Grammy Award for Best Country and Western Recording. Also in 2001, it won a Grammy Hall of Fame Award as one of the most important Songs of the Century by reaching the position #333.


The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton

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 the bugles ring
We stood by 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 ’til we looked ‘em in the eye
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with 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 began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars 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
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

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 balls, 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 began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico

Yeah, they ran through the briars 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
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

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