Monday 23rd July 2018

“Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” is a novelty song written by Phil Gernhard and Dick Holler and recorded in 1966 by the Florida-based pop group The Royal Guardsmen.

The Royal Guardsmen went on to record several other Snoopy-themed songs, including two follow-ups to “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” – “The Return of the Red Baron” and “Snoopy’s Christmas” – together with other tunes such as “Snoopy for President”.

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Snoopy Vs The Red Baron

Royal Guardsmen

Achtung!
Jetzt wir singen zusammen die Geschichte
Über den schweinköpfigen Hund
Und den lieben Red Baron

After the turn of the century
In the clear blue skies over Germany
Came a roar and a thunder men have never heard
Like the scream and the sound of a big war bird

Eins, zwei, drei, vier ….

Up in the sky, a man in a plane
Baron von Richthofen was his name
Eighty men tried and eighty men died
Now they’re buried together on the countryside

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ out the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

Left, two, three, four ….

In the nick of time, a hero arose
A funny-lookin’ dog with a big black nose
He flew into the sky to seek revenge
But the Baron shot him down “Curses, foiled again!”

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ out the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

Now, Snoopy had sworn that he’d get that man
So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan
He challenged the German to a real dogfight
While the Baron was laughing, he got him in his sight

That Bloody Red Baron was in a fix
He’d tried everything, but he’d run out of tricks
Snoopy fired once and he fired twice
And that Bloody Red Baron went spinning out of sight

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin’ out the score
Eighty men died tryin’ to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

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“Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” was inspired by the comic strip Peanuts by Charles Schulz, which featured a recurring storyline of Snoopy imagining himself in the role of a World War I airman fighting the Red Baron. The song was released approximately one year after the first comic strip featuring Snoopy fighting the Red Baron appeared on Sunday October 10, 1965. Schulz and United Features Syndicate sued the Royal Guardsmen for using the name Snoopy without permission or an advertising license. The Guardsmen, meanwhile, hedged their bets by recording an alternative version of the song, called “Squeaky vs. the Black Knight”; some copies of this version were issued by Laurie Records in Canada.  UFS won the suit, the penalty being that all publishing revenues from the song would go to them. Schulz did allow the group to write more Snoopy songs.

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The song begins with a background commentary in faux German: “Achtung! Jetzt wir singen zusammen die Geschichte über den Schweinköpfigen Hund und den lieben Red Baron,” which is a purposeful mistranslation of the English: “Attention! We will now sing together the story of that pig-headed dog [Snoopy] and the beloved Red Baron” and features the sound of a German sergeant counting off in ones (“eins, zwei, drei, vier”, after the first verse), and an American sergeant counting off in fours (after the second verse); a fighter plane; machine guns; and a plane in a tailspin.

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Don’t Let It Show

Alan Parsons

If it’s getting harder to face every day,
Don’t let it show, don’t let it show.
Though it’s getting harder to take what they say,
Just let it go, just let it go…

And if it hurts when they mention my name,
Say you don’t know me…
And if it helps when they say I’m to blame,
Say you don’t owe me…

Even if it’s taking the easy way out,
Keep it inside of you.
Don’t give in.
Don’t tell them anything.
Don’t let it,
Don’t let it show.

Even though you know it’s the wrong thing to say,
Say you don’t care, say you don’t care.
Even if you want to believe there’s a way,
I won’t be there…I won’t be there…

But if you smile when they mention my name,
They’ll never know you.
And if you laugh when they say I’m to blame,
They’ll never own you.

Even if you feel you’ve got nothing to hide,
Keep it inside of you.
Don’t give in,
Don’t tell them anything.
Don’t let it-
Don’t let it show.

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