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Song Parodies -> "Gunsmiths"

Original Song Title:

"Judas"

Original Performer:

Lady Gaga

Parody Song Title:

"Gunsmiths"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

The old "Kentucky Rifle" (like many American icons) originated in Germany. It was the German Jaeger Rifle which became popular in the 1600s. As opposed to muskets, it had a 30-36" barrel and avg. caliber of .65 in! The Germans improved the accuracy through "riffeln" (rifling) with grooves cut into the inside of the barrel. As German gunsmiths came to America, they settled in PA but did not approve of the Quaker way of life so moved to Lancaster where they set up shops to sell the new Colonial version of the Jaeger with longer barrels of 40-48", and calibers reduced to .45-.50 cal. This allowed a 1 lb lead block to produce 36 balls vs just 11 in Germany for their larger calibers up to .80 in!!! The German gunsmiths also introduced the first telescopic sights that were screwed on since the range was so much higher than any musket of the time. By 1730, there were famous gunsmiths producing the rifle: Stenzel, Roessner, Albrecht, and Folecht. The "Kentucky Rifle" was named so b/c it was used west of the Cumberland Mountains in territory considered "Kentucky" back then (KY + TN now). It is also in the song "The Hunters of Kentucky" that sings of Andrew Jackson's victory over the British at New Orleans in the War of 1812. The gun spread from Pa, to the Carolinas, the Ohio River county, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, and then Virginia. A fine weapon of the mid-to-late 1700s for hunting, frontier use, or military use. All due to German high quality manufacture.
Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
GERMAN!

Jaeger Rifle came from Germany
Gunsmiths arrived in Lancaster, you see
Introduced telescopic sights, rifling
West of Cumberland Mountains- “Kentucky”

Most in .50 cal, .50 cal, cal
36 balls per lb, more balls per lb (lead)

[Chorus]
They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!
They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
GERMAN!

They couldn’t love a gun so surely
Colonial America, German-made
The longer barrels did the trick
Greater stability and range

Most in .50 cal, .50 cal, cal
36 balls per lb, more balls per lb (lead)

They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!
They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
GERMAN!

[Bridge]
In the most practical sense,
There was hunting importance
Fine shooter, with rifle twists, best of the time
In the colonial sense
It helped defeat the British
War of 1812 was test,
Jackson at New Orleans did fine

They made quite a few,
Sixty gunsmiths in Lancaster made you
Jaeger Rifle, improved
Muskets were weapons compared to
Proved too crude…

They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!
They were hunting food, the rifle far from crude
Made by PA gunsmiths, was amazing!

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Kentucky Rifle
Came from German gunsmiths

Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
Jaeger fist
Gunsmiths!
GERMAN!

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Old Man Ribber - July 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Rob - Thanks. This was a worthy tribute. ;D
Rob Arndt - July 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks OMR, but you were the inspiration with your Kentucky parody :)
Patrick - July 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Just picked up a Spanish Jukar .45 copy of a Kentucky rifle. Probably sell it before I get a chance to shoot it. Can't imagine fighting a war with one of those. I guess it helps to have a lot of fellow rebels on your side.
Rob Arndt - July 29, 2013 - Report this comment
That's b/c the colonials had learned to fight like the Native Americans using small groups of men fighting guerilla warfare unfamiliar to the pompous Brits that would form ranks out in the open and volley fire against enemies in the field. The Colonials also invented "sniping" which PO'd the Brit Commanders.

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