Billy The Mountain

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Just Another Band From L.A. version

BILLY THE MOUNTAIN
BILLY THE MOUNTAIN
A regular, picturesque,
Postcardy mountain
Residing between lovely
Rosamond and Gorman
With his stunning wife ETHELL,
A tree!
A tree!

BILLY was a mountain
ETHELL was a tree growing off of his shoulder
BILLY was a mountain (BILLY was a mountain!)
ETHELL was a tree growing off of his shoulder (ETHELL was a tree growing off of his shoulder)

Hey, hey hey!
Billy had two big caves for eyes,
With a cliff for a jaw that would go up 'n down,
And whenever it did, he'd puff out some dust,
And hack up a boulder (HACK!)
Hack up a boulder (HACK! HACK!)
Hack up a boulder (HACK! HACK! HACK!)
Up a boulder

Now, one day, now I believe it was on a Tuesday, a man in a checkered double-knit suit drove up in a large El Dorado Cadillac, leased from BOB SPREEN ("Where the freeways meet in Downey!"), and he laid a huge, bulging envelope right at the corner of BILLY THE MOUNTAIN, that was right where his foot was supposed to be. Now, BILLY THE MOUNTAIN, he couldn't believe it! All those postcards he'd posed for, for ALL OF THOSE YEARS, and finally, now, AT LAST, his Royalties! ("Royalties... Royalty check is in, honey!") Yes, BILLY THE MOUNTAIN was rich! Yes, and his eyeball-caves, they widened in amazement, and his jaw (which was a cliff), well it dropped thirty feet! A bunch of dust puffed out! Rocks and boulders hacked up, (hack! hack!) crushing THE LINCOLN!

I gave him the money
He acted real funny
He hocked up a rock and
It totalled my car!

Oh, do you
Know any trucks might
Be bound for THE VALLEY?
I don't wanna stand here
All night in this bar

Dear Lord, I
Don't wanna stand here
All night in this bar

No shit, I
Don't wanna stand here
All night in this bar!

By two o'clock, when the bars are already closed down, BILLY had broken the big news to ETHELL. And with dust and boulders everywhere, BILLY, choked with excitement, announced:

"ETHELL, we're going on a vacation!"

Yes, and they were going on a vacation! Oh, and ETHELL, ETHELL, ETHELL, like every little woman, she of course was very excited! She creaked a little bit, and some old birds flew off of her. BILLY told ETHELL they were going to... Yes! They were going to NEW YORK!

"ETHELL, we're going to... NEW YORK!"

But first they were gonna stop in LAS VEGAS..

It's off to LAS VEGAS
To check out the lounges
Pull a few handles,
And drink a few beers,

Oh, ETHELL!
ETHELL, my darling,
You know that I love you!
I'm glad we could have a
Vacation this year!

Oh, neet-o!
Glad we could have a
Vacation this year!

They left that night, crunchin' across the Mojave Desert, their voices echoing through the canyons of your minds (Poo-ah!).

"ETHELL, wanna get a cuppa cawfee?"

("Howard Johnson's! Howard Johnson's! Howard Johnson's! Howard Johnson's!)

"Ahhh! there's a HOWARD JOHNSONS! Wanna eat some clams?"

"The first noteworhty piece of real estate they destroyed was EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE."

And to this very day, "Wing Nuts" and Data Reduction Clerks alike, speak in reverent whispers about that fateful night when test stand #1 and the rocket sled itself ("We have ignition!") got lunched! I said: lunched ("Lunched!") by a FAMOUS MOUNTAIN-IN and his SMALL, WOODEN WIFE.

"Word just in to the KTTV News Service undeniably links THIS MOUNTAIN and HIS WIFE to drug abuse and pay-offs as part of a SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY smut ring! However, we can assure parents in the Southern California area that a recent marcotics crack-down in Torrance, Hawthorne, Lomita, Westchester, Playa Del Rey, Santa Monica, Tujunga, Sunland, San Fernando, Pacoima, Sylmar, Newhall, Canoga Park, Palmdale, Glendale, Irwindale, Rolling Hills, Granada Hills, Shadow Hills, Cheviot Hills, will provide the secret evidence the Palmdale Grand Jury has needed to seek a criminal indictment, and pave the way for stiffer legislation, increased federal aid, and avert a crippling strike of Bartenders and Veterinarians throughout the INLAND EMPIRE."

Within the week, JERRY LEWIS had hosted a Telethon ("Wah wah wah, nice lady!") to raise funds for the injured (injured) and homeless (homeless) in Glendale, as BILLY had just levelled it, and, a few miles right outside of town, BILLY caused a 'Oh Mein Papa' in the Earth's crust, right over the secret underground dumps (right near the JACK-IN-THE-BOX on Glenoaks) where they keep the pools of old poison gas, and obsolete germ bombs, just as a freak tornado cruised through.

Yes, it was about three o'clock in the afternoon when little Howard Kaplan was sitting on his porch ("Toto...!") just playing ("Come on, Toto...!") and having a nice time with his little accordion ("Toto...!"), and this weird wind came up ("Toto...!"), direct from Glendale ("Toto... Toto...!"), blowing these terrible germs in his direction ("Come here, Toto... !"), and all of this caused ("Toto...!") by a HUGE MOUNTAIN... ("Aunty Em!")

"Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly..."

...sucking up two thirds of it (Suck! Suck! Suck!) for untimely dispersal over vast stretches of... WATTS!

Now, unless I misunderstood, it was right outside of Columbus, Ohio when BILLY received his notice to report for his induction physical. Now, lemme tell ya, ETHELL said, now ETHELL, ETHELL said she wasn't gonna let him go:

"I'm not gonna let you go, BILLY!" (That's right!)

"We now have confirmed reports from an informed ORANGE COUNTY MINISTER, that ETHELL is still an active Communist... and it is this reporter's opinion that she also practices (Coven!) witch-craft!"

It was about this time that the telephone rang inside of the secret briefcase belonging to the one mortal man who might be able to stop all of this senseless destruction and save America Herself ("Hooray!"); and I'm sorry to disappoint some of you, it was not Chief Reddin. This one man was STUDEBAKER HOCH, fantastic new super hero of the current economic slump.

Now, some folks say he looked like (he was like, he was like)
ZUBIN MEHTA (ZUBIN MEHTA!)
Still others say (others say he),
bullshit, honey (bullshit, man)
He's just another greasy guy
Who happened to be born next to the Frozen Beef Pies at BONEY'S MARKET. (Others say he was just a, just a)
Still others say, John, piss on you, Jack! (crazy Italian)
He's just a crazy Italian who drove a red car.
You see (nobody knows for sure 'cause he was so),
Nobody ever really knew for sure,
Because STUDEBAKER was so mysterious... (mysterious)
He was so (He was so, he was so!)
Mysterious!
He was so (He was so, he was so!)
Mysterious!

'Cuz when a person gets to be such a hero, folks,
And marvelous beyond compute,
You can never really tell about a guy like that
Whether he's really a nice person
Or if he just smiles a lot (What?)
Or if he has a son named "PINOCCHIO", or what?

... Whether he's really a nice person or if he has a son named "PINOCCHIO" or what?

Some men say he could fly
Some men say he could swim
Others say he could sing like NEIL SEDAKA,
And all the girls in FLUSHING would be amazed of him

Two, three:
Amazed of him!
Amazed! Amazed!

Time passes...

January...
February...
March...
July...
Wednesday...
August...
Irwindale...
2:30 in the afternoon...
Sunday...
Monday...
Funny Cars...
Walnut...
Friday...
City of Industry...
Big John Mazmanian...

So when the phone rang
In the secret briefcase,
A strong masculine hand
With a Dudley Do-Right wristwatch
And flexy bracelet
grabbed it and answered
In a deep, calmly assured voice:

"So, ah, yeah, yeah, hello already... what? ... Well, yeah? ... Ah, are you kidding? ... You're not kidding! ... A mountain?! ... With a tree growing off of its shoulder?! ... Aw, you're fulla shit, man! ... Ah, listen, by the way, before I go on: did you get those white albums I sent ya with the pencil on the front? ... Yeah? ... Yeah, you should move some of those for me, we're having a lot of-- ... listen, so kiss little Jakee on the head ... and, ah, how's your wife's hemorrhoids? ... Oh, that's too bad! ... Listen! So you've got a mountain, with a tree, listen, causing-- ... Oh, my! Well, let me write this down, sorta take a few notes here! ... Yeah? To El Segundo, huh? ... Causing untold destruction? ... Oh, God! That's terrible! ... (My baby, my baby!) Wanted for DRAFT EVASION? ... An expense account? .. And per diem, too?"

Some men say he could dance!

They said he could dance, and, of course, they were right! Ladies and Gentlemen, this is it: THE STUDEBAKER HOCH DANCING LESSON & COSMIC PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE featuring Aynsley Dunbar, hit it!

Hey! Twirly, twirly, twirly, twirly, twirly!
Fillmore, Fillmore, Fillmore, Fillmore...
Hey!
Right hand from the heart-uh
Left hand from the heart-uh
Right hand from the heart-uh
Left hand from the left shoulder
To the heart-uh
Fillmore, Fillmore, Fillmore, Fillmore...

Nobody can dance like STUDEBAKER HOCH! So many rumors have spread about STUDEBAKER HOCH! ("A rumor... a rumor...") Consider this rumor ("A rumor..."), which was published ("A rumor...") about three weeks ago in ROLLING STONE ("Oh, it's gotta be true!"): STUDEBAKER HOCH can write the Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin! ("No!")

Do-do-do-do-do,
Doot-doot-do do do do!
Do-do-do-do-do,
Doot-doot-do do!
Do-do-do-do-do,
Doot-doot-do do do do!
Do-do-do-do-do,
Doot-doot-do do!
...

"I'm so hip!"

Beef pies!
He was born next to the beef pies,
Underneath JONI MITCHELL'S autographed picture,
Right beside
ELLIOT ROBERTS' big Bank Book,
Next to the boat
Where CROSBY flushed away all his stash
And the cops
Got him in the boat and drove away
To the can
Where Neil Young slipped another disc

Froze-ing by the pies!
Froze-ing by the pies!
Froze-ing by the pies!

And that was the main influence on him!

The influence of a Frozen Beef Pie!

Boldly springing into action, he phoned his wife (who ran a modeling school), whereupon he... yes, he ran around the back of the Broadway at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine to see if he could find himself some big large, un-used cardboard boxes; ("No shit!") after which, he hit up the RALPH'S on Sunset for some 'AUNT JEMIMA SYRUP', some 'KAISER BROILER FOIL', and a pair of blunt scissors! ("Hey-hey!") Yes! Yes, and in the parking lot of RALPH'S, where "no prices are lower prices than RALPH'S"... in the parking lot of RALPH'S (in between a pair of customized trucks where nobody was looking), he cut out some really, really, really nice wings, and he covered them thoroughly with foil! ("Tho-rough-ly with... foil!") Then he took those wings and wedged one under each of his powerful arms and sneaked into a telephone booth. Yes! Yes! And then he shut the fucking door! And he pulled down his blue denim policeman type trouser pants, and he spread even amounts of AUNT JEMIMA maple syrup all over the inside of his legs! Soon the booth was filling with flies! ("Help me, help me, help me!") He held open the legs of his boxer shorts so they could all get in ("Yes! Yeah!"), and when each and every one of those little cocksuckin' flies had gone into his pants, and they were lapping up all that maple syrup, he bent over and he put his head between his legs and he said in a very clear, impressive, RON HUBBARD-type voice: "NEW YORK!" And the booth and everything lifted up, out of the parking lot, and into the sky!

STUDEBAKER HOCH
Yeah, yeah
STUDEBAKER HOCH
STU-DE-BAKER HOCH!

STUDEBAKER HOCH
Yeah, yeah
STUDEBAKER HOCH
STU-DE-BAKER HOCH!

He's coating his legs with AUNT JEMIMA syrup up and down!
His shorts'll be filled with flies that will be buzzing all around!
STOODLA-BAKER HOCH: He's really outa sight!
STOODLA-BAKER HOCH: He does it every night!
STOODLA-BAKER HOCH: He treats the flies all right
STOODLA-BAKER HOCH: That's why they never bite, hey!

Please to NEW YORK!
Fly to NEW YORK!
He could be a dog or a frog or a lesbian queen!
Fly to NEW YORK!
He could be a narc or a Lady Marine!
Or he might play dirty! He's over thirty!
Getting old? Say:
I don't know!

His peculiar attire
And the flies he require
Keep leading him on
'Cause ETHELL is gone
They keep leading him on
'Cause ETHELL is gone
And THE MOUNTAIN she's on

And speaking of mountains, we'll join STUDEBAKER HOCH on the edge of BILLY THE MOUNTAIN's mouth. Take it away:

"Ah... ya, ya, ya, hey-ah BILLY, ah, listen! I've come to reason with you! Our great country needs you in the Armed Forces! Your NUMBER came up . . . you can't go on running like this forever."

Oh! But ETHELL just shook her twigs angrily, but STUDEBAKER HOCH, calm, cool, collected, and un-ferturbed, continued:

"Ya, well listen, you... (cough cough) Listen, you Communist son-of-a-bitch! You better get your ass down there for your fuckin' physical, or I'll see to it that you get used for fill dirt in some impending New Jersey marsh reclamation! And your girl-friend there will wind up disguised as a series of brooms, primitive ironing boards, or a dog house! Get the... (cough, cough) get the picture?"

Yeah, well, BILLY just laughed:

"Ho, Ho, Ho! If they think they're gonna draft me, they're crazy!"

Unfortunately, because STUDEBAKER HOCH was standing on the edge of BILLY THE MOUNTAIN's mouth when the giant mountain laughed, STUDEBAKER HOCH lost his footing and fell, screaming, two hundred feet into the rubble below!

"Aaahhhhh...! Oh fuck, I'm gonna need a truss!"

Oh, listen, that only goes to show you, and it'll show you once again that...

A Mountain is something
You don't wanna fuck with
You don't wanna fuck with
Don't fuck around
Don't fuck around

Don't fuck with BILLY
And don't fuck with ETHELL
You saw what just happened
To the guy with the flies!

Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!
Don't fuck around!

With
BIDDILY, BIDDILY, BIDDILY, BIDDILY, BIDDILY...
BIDDILY THE MOUNTIN-INNNNNNN!

(Eddie, are you kidding?)

Eddie, Are You Kidding?
Oh, I forgot to mention this is where we take our intermission, we'll see you in a few minutes.
Thank you!
We'll be back!

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Notes About This Song

The text to Billy The Mountain is part of Them Or Us (The Book).

After the line "Billy The Mountain was rich!" Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March Nr. 1 in D. Major" is quoted. Other musical quotes are "Johnny's Theme" by Paul Anka, "Off We Go Into The Wild Blue Yonder" (Crawford), "O Mein Papa" (Paul Burkhard), "Over The Rainbow" (Harburg/Arlen), "The Star-Spangled Banner" (Smith/Key) and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stephen Stills])

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