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10.17.2005

Freeze a Yankee lyrics

I used to have this song recorded onto tape somewhere. (probably off the radio) I haven't seen it in years now :( Though I've had a part of the song stuck in my head.

Today, I found the lyrics and more information.
Found here
I would still love to get my hands on a recording (tape or CD. Unfortunately, I don't have a record player)

"Freeze a Yankee" was a song sung by the Folkel Minority. Apparently written in 1978.
Lyrics:
Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He’d turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

They don’t want an oil rig
around their seashores,
Lord, it’s a terrible sight.
And don’t you try to drill
in their dirty old water
if you do you’re in for a fight.

Senator Kennedy told me himself
That he wouldn’t let a drill
on the continental shelf.
So, when they tried to get
Texas to drill another well
We could tell them all to go to ……
Hyannis port.

Now President Carter was a good ole boy,
A southerner thru and thru,
But when he asked
all American’s to sacrifice,
He really meant …you know who.

He want’s all our oils
And our nuclear fuels
What does he take us for?
Silly fools?

Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He’d turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

Cram them Yankee’s in little bitty cars
While we drive around in limousines.
There ain’t nothing in the world any more fun,
Then pumpin’ gas in those big Mochines.

Us Texan’s love our Cadillac’s,
Big continental’s and Pontiac’s.
We’re gonna keep all the gas we can make
And let them Yankee’s shiver and shake.

Well them Yankee’s say they need our oil
And they gotta have gasoline,
But don’t you put no refineries way up north,
They wanna keep their air real clean.

They only got enough Ignite
To last until midnight.
Not enough fuel
to keep their mirrors cool.

Governor Briscoe promised us
that if any damn Yankee raised a fuss,
He’d turn off the gas, cut the oil,
and let them all freeze and boil.

Save your confederate credit card,
The south wanna rise again

12 Comments:

Anonymous BOB ARNOLD said...

I'm the author of the "Freeze A Yankee" song. I'd be happy to communicate with anyone wanting any information about the lyrics (which really are not accurate in the previous posting), and the political and sociological climate surrounding the 1978 timeframe during which the song was created.
BOB ARNOLD
DALLAS, TEXAS

4:15 PM  
Anonymous BOB ARNOLD said...

I'm the author of this song. BOB ARNOLD at email address:

bob.susan@sbcglobal.net

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for the record, below are the CORRECT lyrics to "Freeze A Yankee":

FREEZE A YANKEE
1979
Music by Bob Arnold
Lyrics by Bob Arnold & Bill Sturgeon

CHORUS
Freeze a Yankee, drive seventy-five and freeze ‘em alive
Freeze a Yankee, let your thermostat rise and give ‘em a surprise
Governor Briscoe promised us that if any damn Yankee a fuss
We’d turn off the gas, cut off the oil and let ‘em all freeze and boil

VERSE 1
Now President Carter was a good ol’ boy, a Southerner through and through
But when he asked all Americans to sacrifice, he really meant you-know-who
He wants all our oil and our nuclear fuels
Now what does he take us for, silly fools?
The president wants us to pass our gas, now ain’t that a kick in the . . .

CHORUS

VERSE 2
They don’t want an oil rig around their seashore, Lord its a terrible sight
And don’t you try to drill in their dirty, old water, if you do you’re in for a fight
Senator Kennedy told me himself
That he wouldn’t let us drill on the Continental Shelf
So when they try to get Texans to drill another well, we can tell ‘em all to go to . . .
Hyannis Port

VERSE 3
Cram them Yankees into little bitty cars while we drive around in limousines
There ain’t nothin’ in the world any more fun then pumpin’ gas in them big mo-chines
Us Texans love our Cadillacs, big Continentals and Pontiacs
We’re gonna keep all the oil that we can make, and let them Yankees shiver and shake

VERSE 4
Them Yankees say they need our oil and they gotta have gasoline
But don’t you put no refineries way up north, they wanna keep their air real clean
They only got enough lignite to last till midnight
Not enough fuel to keep their beer real cool
But we’ll send you lots of oil, now don’t you fear
If you promise not to move down here!

CHORUS TAG
Freeze a Yankee, Alleluia
Keep your Confederate credit cards, the South’s gonna rise again!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Glenn said...

I've got the actual lyrics (per Mr. Arnold) posted at;

http://unitelater.com/s9y/index.php?/archives/180-Freeze-a-Yankee....html

4:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I cannot believe that when I Googled "Freeze a Yankee," I got the site of one of my blog pals. I still remember how the song went. The words in the title are sung to the tune of the first "Hallelujah" in the Hallelujah Chorus.

9:20 PM  
Blogger My Boaz's Ruth said...

*grins* I can't believe someone I know also remembers that old song.

This is one of my most popular hits on this blog! probably the most comments!

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Mr. David R. Dorrycott said...

Regarding this song. My wife has a copy of the 45 and I have just now transferred it to the computer so that I can clean up the clicks, pops and bzzz noise. Then it will be transfered to her MP3 player.

I've been around 56 years and must say that it isn't the funniest political song I have ever heard and the tune tends to drag, but it is well worth listening too.

For the record, the wav file is around 37 megabytes and the record was found in Lubbock Texas, with its original cover.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to play this over and over when I was a kid. Used to make my cousin so mad because he was born & raised in NY. I still have the 45 but can't play it...haven't been able to find a needle for my turntable in years...granted I haven't looked in a while either. None of my friends, then or now, had ever heard of the song. Glad to see I'm not the only one who remembers it...and the words to it.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for this! I remember this was played on the radio every morning when Dad was getting ready for work and I was getting ready for school. I didn't quite understand what the song was about, but thought it was funny.

Lyrics are still pretty apt today it seems. ;)

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Arnold,
I too am one of those that not only remember that song, up until our house fire in 2006, had a 45 copy of the song. On the back was "Ode to the Trinity".

I still sing it today. My kids were the first native Texans in my family, so they grew up knowing it as the Texas State Anthem.

I am trying to find another copy of the recording. Can you offer any ideas as to how I can obtain it? In fact, in this day and age, you should think about re releasing it in my opinion.
My address is chefgreg_advance@yahoo.com.
I would appreciate any assistance you can give on this matter.
Thank you,
Greg

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a yankee who in 1978 lived in New York, born and raised until age 21, and remember the song and still have the 45. my eldest brother was drafted in 1973 and instead joined the airforce and stationed in Texas. Well make a long story short I am 44 and been in Texas now for 23 years along with my sister other brother and parents who are now a permenant part of the Texas soil.

8:07 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I grew up in a little town west of Tulsa, and every morning before I went to school, and at night while going to sleep I had my little transistor radio tuned to AM 740 KRMG in Tulsa. The a.m. DJ was John Erling and I remember he used to play this song. For the last 32 years I have had that tune stuck in my memory, and I remembered the chorus and the tag line at the end. I am so glad I found this! ha ha I did NOT imagine it! Thanks for posting this! KatieP

11:37 AM  

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