On a Stormy Night When the Continental Army took the Airports from the British in 1776

On a Stormy Night When the Continental Army took the Airports from the British in 1776

mike skliar's picture
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This is a little fun thing that I wrote with the prompt 'stormy night'- you were asked to come up with a song using that title, or stormy night as part of the title.
For those who don't know, that orange disaster in the white house in Washington DC (as i like to call trump) just had this 'military parade' yesterday with tanks, etc. on display. As part of his speech, he was saluting the Continental Army of the American Revolution (which was in existence back in 1776 or so) and talked about how they had the British surrender at the end of that war of independence (which was in the early 1780's) after we 'took the airports from the British'. (I kid you not! and he also referenced the war of 1812 in the same paragraph, not that that's any excuse).

So here ya have it, one quick iPhone take, changing the chords and melody as i'm doing it, with auto-drums from this 'music memo' app.

Lyrics: 

I am a Continental soldier with musket and bayonet
Froze last winter in Valley Forge but tonight we will be set
We are taking all the airports from the British that’s no lie
And an airport will be valuable, once we learn to fly

The airplane won’t be invented yet, for a century
in-flight movies and lost luggage’ll take another decade or three
LaGuardia and Kennedy, Logan and O’Hare
We’ll take them from the British now, and we will rule the air

On a stormy night, stormy night, don’t you try to stop her
One if by land, two if by sea, three by helicopter
On a stormy night we scale the ramparts
This very night we take the airports
The continental army, taking airports in 1776

I am a Continental soldier planning for that airport warfare
Should we start with LA-X or National or O’Hare
Do you capture all the gift shops, or go right for the runways
I wonder what a President will say about us someday

On a stormy night, stormy night, don’t you try to stop her
One if by land, two if by sea, three by helicopter
On a stormy night we scale the ramparts
This very night we take the airports
The continental army, taking airports in 1776

(c) M. Skliar 2019



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alyxanderjames's picture

Ha, oh boy. Way to make something hilarious out of a truly maddening situation!

metalfoot's picture

Funny lyrics and very topical. Smile Love the shuffle-beat music too.

Jibbidy34's picture

Smart write! Feel good vibes for a quick write skirmish!

johnstaples's picture

Damn Mike, I am SO GLAD YOU WROTE THIS! And I wish the orange prick could hear it too! I am cracking up as I listen to this! Brilliant lyrics especially "One if by land, two if by sea, three by helicopter"!!! I love your performance too! You are the Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger of 50/90 and FAWM! Delighted that I heard this today. Now I have to have my wife listen to it. Great work on the skirmish!

JWHanberry's picture

I laughed all the way through. I wonder if we could give Las Vegas and Midway back.

rorowe's picture

You beat me to it! Love the "three by helicopter" line, which got me laughing loudly. Great take on the prompt, too.

OdilonGreen's picture

Terrific, and brilliantly funny lyrics ("three if by helicopter")! Your fun singing and upbeat guitar work perfectly for the song (even if the underlying inspiration is fundamentally tragic (and pathetic)). This definitely needs to be out there on comedy radio shows and podcasts!

wobbie wobbit's picture

of course we can rely on you to turn such a situation into a pointed and funny song. nice one and top skirmishing

Amanda West's picture

This is hysterical and brilliant ! I no longer watch the news, and totally missed that this happened.
Perfect song, you need to put it on YouTube with a fun video Smile

ductapeguy's picture

Hilarious. You hit all the right beats for political satire, but these days it's hard to write political satire because so much of what we hear in the news is self-parodying.