Topic: "The Heathens Are Here"

This one sort of formed in my mind as I was doing some yardwork on this beautiful Easter day.  I realize that I have taken very broad poetic license with the facts of history, but hey - it's a song, not a bloody textbook!

The Heathens Are HereJames McCormick, April 8, 2007


In 6/8 time, an end-of-empire waltz




Just [G]pass me my fiddle, I'll [C]rosin my [G]bow


You [G]don't have to tell me what I already [D]know


[G]Scream bloody murder and [C]hunker down [G]low


The [G]heathens are here, they're [D]runnin' the [G]show


. . .


[C]Grab some provisions, take [G]just what you'll use


Some [G]food and a weapon and [D]sensible shoes


[G]Head for the hills and [C]sound the a-[G]larm


The [G]heathens are here, they're [D]heavily [G]armed


[C]Rome is on fire, the [G]skyline is bright


De-[C]cide for yourself to [G]flee or to fight


[C]Rome is on fire it's [G]been really [D]sweet


[G]Is this new history or [D]just a re-[G]peat


We [G]conquered their land, en-[C]slaved them with [G]trade


[G]Won hearts and minds at the tip of a [D]blade


[G]Made them an offer they [C]could not re-[G]fuse


The [G]heathens are here, they [D]are not a-[G]mused


. . .


[C]Life was so simple when [G]we were on top


The [G]milk and the honey just [D]never did stop



Ex-[G]ploiting our neighbors just [C]made so much [G]sense


The [G]heathens are here, they're a [D]little bit [G]tense


[C]Rome is on fire, the [G]skyline is bright


De-[C]cide for yourself to [G]flee or to fight


[C]Rome is on fire the [G]end is com-[D]plete


[G]Is this new history or [D]just a re-[G]peat


[G]Might just makes right, that's [C]been our mot-[G]to


We [G]made them agree where e'er we did [D]go


We [G]took their resources, their [C]primitive [G]bliss


The [G]heathens are here, I [D]think they are [G]pissed


. . .


So just [C]pass me my fiddle, I'll [G]rosin my bow


You [G]don't have to tell me what I already [D]know


I'm [G]not really sure what [C]I'm gonna [G]do


The [G]heathens are here, I [D]think we are [G]screwed


[C]Rome is on fire, the [G]skyline is bright


De-[C]cide for yourself to [G]flee or to fight


[C]Rome is on fire this [G]is our de-[D]feat


[G]Is this new history or [D]just a re-[G]peat



"That darn Pythagorean Comma thing keeps messing me up!"
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Speaking as an old western NC boy, that was purty! It also got me a litte bit homesick. Great song that had my toe tapping. I think I added a little yeehaw to the lyric a time or two as well.

J  E  T  S
...and yet a Washington Football Club fan ...long story...HTT...WFT

Re: "The Heathens Are Here"

Glad you like it, Jeff.  I have been having lots of fun lately with simple waltz forms - for some reason, the lyrical meter is just stuck in my head.


Maybe I should worry about getting stuck in a creative rut doing so many waltz-timed songs.  But I'm having too much fun to be concerned.


So much stuff is in 4/4 anyway . . . I'll just be a rebel and enjoy my waltz phase while it lasts.  James

"That darn Pythagorean Comma thing keeps messing me up!"
[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_comma[/url]

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Well done you, i love your song!


Old Doll .

Why Blend in with the Crowd ? When you were made to stand out !

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James wow man that song is great.

you have a way of making a song flow.I like it.good job.


...Badeyed.

one caper after another

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Hi James,


Another great waltz from you, and a bit more upbeat than usual. As Badeye had already said it flows very well and I enjoyed playing it. Who cares about history if the song is good?


Thank you,


Roger

"Do, or do not; there is no try"