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‘Deer Lake Airport Blues’ has Paradise man feeling wronged


A video of the “The Deer Lake Airport Blues” has been getting a lot of attention, but just who wrote the song — a parody of the late Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” — is being called into question.

The video of the song, sung by Cox’s Cove resident Greg Crane has been making its way around Facebook since Oct. 31 and has been viewed more than 55,000 times. The credits on the video list Crane and Lloyd Rose as co-writers to the song that pokes a bit of fun at an incident involving Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, at the Deer Lake Regional Airport on Oct. 27.

The story with Crane appeared in the paper and online on Wednesday. When Paradise resident Dwight Brown heard about it he certainly didn’t hang his head and cry.

“That’s my song,” said Brown when he contacted The Star on Wednesday afternoon.

Brown said he wrote the song on the morning of Oct. 28 after he and friend had been joking about the incident with John Carter Cash. He posted the lyrics to Facebook at 10:38 a.m. and by the end of the day they had been shared about 800 times.

A few days later some friends pointed out the video that had been posted by Crane just after noon on Oct. 31.

Brown said he doesn’t know Crane, but said he sent him a Facebook message complimenting him on the video and pointing out that the lyrics were his.

Brown said there’s no way the almost identical lyrics to the two songs could be a coincidence.

“It’s impossible — there’s no way in the world that someone would write the almost identical stuff that I had written,” he said. “We should be out buying lottery tickets if this is a coincidence.”

Brown figures Crane must have seen his lyrics through one of the about 1,400 Facebook shares that it got and he wouldn’t have a problem with him singing the song as long as the proper credit was given for the lyrics.

He knows proving it would be hard, but points to the time difference in his posting of the lyrics and Crane’s video as some evidence. Brown said he has nothing to gain by speaking out and is just doing it out of principle.

“It just bugs the life out of me that this guy is claiming that he wrote the words that he didn’t write. They were my words.

“I just want it known that this guy is saying he wrote this song when he didn’t.”

Meanwhile, Crane stands by his claim that he wrote some of his own lyrics in the song that he said was started by Rose.

“I’m the first fellow that composed it,” he said.

He said the first he’d heard of Brown’s allegations was from The Western Star and, like Brown, felt proving who was the original writer would be hard to do.

One thing the two men do agree on is that the music doesn’t belong to either of them. Johnny Cash gets credit for the music as well as many of the original lyrics.

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Compare the lyrics:

Deer Lake Airport Blues

by Greg Crane and Lloyd Rose

I hear the Mounties comin’, they’re rollin’ around the bend

I ain't seen my clothes since I don’t know when

And I'm stuck in Deer Lake Airport, and I should be gone

Till I hear the Mounties hollerin’ ‘put your clothes back on’

When I got loaded my friends told me

‘son, try to be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns’

But I shot a moose in Badger, just to watch him die

Now I'm sittin’ here in prison instead of flying through the sky

I bet there’s Newfies sittin’ in that fancy KFC,

They’re probably eatin’ chicken and makin’ fun of me

I know I had it comin’, but I will be free

What made me take my clothes off? That's what tortures me

When they free me from this prison and I am in the sky

On that plane be movin’ farther as i fly

Far from Deer Lake airport that's where I want to stay

Leave my clothes to the Mounties, let them give them away

Deer Lake Airport Blues

By Dwight Brown

I hear the cops a comin’, they’re rolling round the bend

And I ain’t seen my clothes since, I don’t know when

And I’m stuck in Deer Lake Airport and time keeps draggin’ on

Til I hear that Mountie Callin’, Put them clothes back on!

When I got loaded, my friends told me, son

Try to be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns

But I shot a moose in Badger, Just to watch him die

Now I’m sitting in this jail cell, not flying through the sky.

I bet there’s rich folks eating in that fancy KFC

There probably eating chicken and making fun of me

Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free

But I hope I get my clothes back, And that’s what comforts me

Well if they freed me from this prison and if that plane was on time

I bet I’d move it on a little further down the line

Far from Deer Lake Airport, that’s where I want to stay

And I’d let that lonesome Mountie, give my clothes away.

 

 

 

The video of the song, sung by Cox’s Cove resident Greg Crane has been making its way around Facebook since Oct. 31 and has been viewed more than 55,000 times. The credits on the video list Crane and Lloyd Rose as co-writers to the song that pokes a bit of fun at an incident involving Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, at the Deer Lake Regional Airport on Oct. 27.

The story with Crane appeared in the paper and online on Wednesday. When Paradise resident Dwight Brown heard about it he certainly didn’t hang his head and cry.

“That’s my song,” said Brown when he contacted The Star on Wednesday afternoon.

Brown said he wrote the song on the morning of Oct. 28 after he and friend had been joking about the incident with John Carter Cash. He posted the lyrics to Facebook at 10:38 a.m. and by the end of the day they had been shared about 800 times.

A few days later some friends pointed out the video that had been posted by Crane just after noon on Oct. 31.

Brown said he doesn’t know Crane, but said he sent him a Facebook message complimenting him on the video and pointing out that the lyrics were his.

Brown said there’s no way the almost identical lyrics to the two songs could be a coincidence.

“It’s impossible — there’s no way in the world that someone would write the almost identical stuff that I had written,” he said. “We should be out buying lottery tickets if this is a coincidence.”

Brown figures Crane must have seen his lyrics through one of the about 1,400 Facebook shares that it got and he wouldn’t have a problem with him singing the song as long as the proper credit was given for the lyrics.

He knows proving it would be hard, but points to the time difference in his posting of the lyrics and Crane’s video as some evidence. Brown said he has nothing to gain by speaking out and is just doing it out of principle.

“It just bugs the life out of me that this guy is claiming that he wrote the words that he didn’t write. They were my words.

“I just want it known that this guy is saying he wrote this song when he didn’t.”

Meanwhile, Crane stands by his claim that he wrote some of his own lyrics in the song that he said was started by Rose.

“I’m the first fellow that composed it,” he said.

He said the first he’d heard of Brown’s allegations was from The Western Star and, like Brown, felt proving who was the original writer would be hard to do.

One thing the two men do agree on is that the music doesn’t belong to either of them. Johnny Cash gets credit for the music as well as many of the original lyrics.

Twitter: WS_DianeCrocker

Compare the lyrics:

Deer Lake Airport Blues

by Greg Crane and Lloyd Rose

I hear the Mounties comin’, they’re rollin’ around the bend

I ain't seen my clothes since I don’t know when

And I'm stuck in Deer Lake Airport, and I should be gone

Till I hear the Mounties hollerin’ ‘put your clothes back on’

When I got loaded my friends told me

‘son, try to be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns’

But I shot a moose in Badger, just to watch him die

Now I'm sittin’ here in prison instead of flying through the sky

I bet there’s Newfies sittin’ in that fancy KFC,

They’re probably eatin’ chicken and makin’ fun of me

I know I had it comin’, but I will be free

What made me take my clothes off? That's what tortures me

When they free me from this prison and I am in the sky

On that plane be movin’ farther as i fly

Far from Deer Lake airport that's where I want to stay

Leave my clothes to the Mounties, let them give them away

Deer Lake Airport Blues

By Dwight Brown

I hear the cops a comin’, they’re rolling round the bend

And I ain’t seen my clothes since, I don’t know when

And I’m stuck in Deer Lake Airport and time keeps draggin’ on

Til I hear that Mountie Callin’, Put them clothes back on!

When I got loaded, my friends told me, son

Try to be a good boy, don’t ever play with guns

But I shot a moose in Badger, Just to watch him die

Now I’m sitting in this jail cell, not flying through the sky.

I bet there’s rich folks eating in that fancy KFC

There probably eating chicken and making fun of me

Well I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free

But I hope I get my clothes back, And that’s what comforts me

Well if they freed me from this prison and if that plane was on time

I bet I’d move it on a little further down the line

Far from Deer Lake Airport, that’s where I want to stay

And I’d let that lonesome Mountie, give my clothes away.

 

 

 

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