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Classic Steve Martin

  1. Sep 16, 2007 #1

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    For anyone who needs a laugh today...

    The Great Flydini!
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  3. Sep 16, 2007 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    Great stuff!!! I remember when this aired.

    Is that a dictaphone?
  4. Sep 16, 2007 #3


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    Martin's old stuff is great. When he got hot enough to get his ideas developed, he made a short cowboy film using chimps and elephants, etc, as characters, playing out the story in Marty Robbins' "El Paso" - it was a side splitter!!

    EDIT: Holy Cow! They've got the skit linked on Jib-Jab. Give it a go.

    Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
    I fell in love with a Mexican girl.
    Night-time would find me in Rosa's cantina;
    Music would play and Felina would whirl.

    Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
    Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
    My love was deep for this Mexican maiden;
    I was in love but in vain, I could tell.

    One night a wild young cowboy came in,
    Wild as the West Texas wind.
    Dashing and daring,
    A drink he was sharing
    With wicked Felina,
    The girl that I loved.

    So in anger I

    Challenged his right for the love of this maiden.
    Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
    My challenge was answered in less than a heart-beat;
    The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

    Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
    Shocked by the FOUL EVIL deed I had done.
    Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
    I had but one chance and that was to run.

    Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran,
    Out where the horses were tied.
    I caught a good one.
    It looked like it could run.
    Up on its back
    And away I did ride,

    Just as fast as I

    Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
    Out to the bad-lands of New Mexico.

    Back in El Paso my life would be worthless.
    Everything's gone in life; nothing is left.
    It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
    My love is stronger than my fear of death.

    I saddled up and away I did go,
    Riding alone in the dark.
    Maybe tomorrow
    A bullet may find me.
    Tonight nothing's worse than this
    Pain in my heart.

    And at last here I

    Am on the hill overlooking El Paso;
    I can see Rosa's cantina below.
    My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
    Down off the hill to Felina I go.

    Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys;
    Off to my left ride a dozen or more.
    Shouting and shooting I can't let them catch me.
    I have to make it to Rosa's back door.

    Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
    A deep burning pain in my side.
    Though I am trying
    To stay in the saddle,
    I'm getting weary,
    Unable to ride.

    But my love for

    Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen,
    Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
    I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle.
    I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.

    From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
    Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
    Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
    One little kiss and Felina, good-bye.
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  5. Sep 16, 2007 #4

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    I never saw that film. Sounds very funny!

    Steve could hold his own as a banjo player, too. I found a clip of him doing a little Foggy Mountain Breakdown with Earl Scruggs:

  6. Sep 16, 2007 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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    Yep, Martin IS good, and look at Paul Schaffer go!!! I can't even play the wrong notes that fast.
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    What a great clip! You've got Albert Lee and Vince Gill on guitars, Marty Stewart on mandolin, and Jerry Douglas on dobro. Can't get much better than that!! Now, who were those banjo-whackers, again?
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