SNL Transcripts: Mardi Gras Special: 02/20/77: Randy Newman performs “Kingfish”



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  Season 2: Mardi Gras Special



Mardi Gras Special

Randy Newman performs “Kingfish”

from the album: Good Old Boys (1974)

…..Randy Newman

[ open on Randy Newman at the Theater of the Performing Arts ]

Randy Newman: This is a song, uh, about Huey P. Long. “Kingfish.”

[ singing ]“There’s a hundred-thousand Frenchmen in New Orleans
In New Orleans, there are Frenchmen everywhere
But your house could fall down
Your baby could drown
Wouldn’t none of those Frenchmen care.

Everybody gather ’round
Loosen up your suspenders
Hunker down on the ground
I’m a cracker
And you are, too
But don’t I take good care of you?

Who built the highway to Baton Rouge?
Who put up the hospital and built you schools?
Who looks after [shit]-kickers like you?
The Kingfish do.

Who gave a party at the Roosevelt Hotel?
And invited the whole north half of the state down there for free
The people in the city
Had their eyes bugging out
‘Cause everyone of you
Looked just like me.

It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Everybody sing
It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Every man a king.

Who took on the Standard Oil men
And whipped their tail
Just like he promised he’d do?
Ain’t no Standard Oil men gonna run this state
Gonna be run by little folks like me and you.

It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Friend of the working man
It’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
The Kingfish gonna save this land.”

[ audience applauds ]

Randy Newman: Thank you! Thank you very much! Thank y’all, very much!

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SNL Transcripts: Mardi Gras Special: 02/20/77: Randy Newman performs “Sail Away”



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  Season 2: Mardi Gras Special



Mardi Gras Special

Randy Newman performs “Sail Away”

from the album: Good Old Boys (1974)

…..Buck Henry
…..Jane Curtin
…..Randy Newman

Buck Henry: Well, Jane, I don’t think we can keep it a secret any longer. Do you want to tell them?

Jane Curtin: I guess not, Buck. [ chickens out ] Here is a song from Randy Newman!

[ dissolve to Randy Newman at the Theater of the Performing Arts ]

Randy Newman: [ singing ]“In America, you’ll get food to eat
Won’t have to run through the jungle
And scuff up your feet
You’ll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It’s great to be an American.

Ain’t no lions or tigers, ain’t no mamba snake
Just the sweet watermelon and the buckwheat cake
Ev’rybody is as happy as a man can be
Climb aboard little wog, sail away with me.

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay.

In America, every man is free
To take care of his home and his family
You’ll be as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree
You’re all gonna be an American.

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay.”

[ audience applauds ]

Randy Newman: Thank you very much! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you very much!

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