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  • [Question] A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

    I have been trying to identify the name of a piece of music that is played, I believe, when you are in the end of the ride as you pass by the little mine town. I don't have words or anything to even give you a clue what I am asking about, except it sounds like 2 men singing it. I have been trying to remember if it is queue music - but I don't think so. If my memory serves me correctly - you get a brief bit of it at that spot in the ride itself. I have googled and read about different names for the songs used for the attraction but nothing I can get a definitive answer. Sorry, been to Disney 12 times but not enough to have more to go on here. Hope some of you regulars know exactly what I am talking about and can put a name to it.

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    Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

    I'm not quite sure the name of it. It may be on the long soundtrack of Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland that comes in the "A Musical History of Disneyland" CD set from the 50th Anniversary. I'll double check to see if that part is in the track.

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    • #3
      Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

      I think I know what you're talking about, and I don't think it's ever been released by Disney. It sort of has a western Barbershop quarter feel to to it right?

      The song however might not be Disney's and you may be able to find it somewhere else!

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      • #4
        Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

        Originally posted by TTN View Post
        The song however might not be Disney's and you may be able to find it somewhere else!
        *ahem* Like on iTunes, or the like... right? Don't want to go looking in the nether regions for these things (or suggesting/sharing anywhere on MiceChat any kind of info that would lead one to illegal sources)...

        But seriously- keep it legal, or the thread will be closed. Thanks for your cooperation.

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        • #5
          Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

          I checked on the track I mentioned but it's not in there. I'm sure someone knows the name of it.

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          • #6
            Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

            I want to say its called Buffalo Gals but I'm not sure as I think they play other songs.

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              Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

              Originally posted by TTN View Post
              I think I know what you're talking about, and I don't think it's ever been released by Disney. It sort of has a western Barbershop quarter feel to to it right?

              The song however might not be Disney's and you may be able to find it somewhere else!
              Yes sounds like a barbershop quartet.

              Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
              I want to say its called Buffalo Gals but I'm not sure as I think they play other songs.
              Not Buffalo Gals though. Sorry. This is frustrating. I heard a little bit of it played in an old movie on TCM I was watching last night. Made me think of it. It was instrumental though so no lyrics to help with the search. It is one of those things you get such a short bit of it, but always puts a smile on my face. I don't usually think of it again until I am on that ride.

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              • #8
                Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                Could it have been "The Legend of Thunder Mountain?" It's the only one with vocals I can remember at the moment.

                http://www.ultimateorlando.com/archi...er/ballad.html

                At Big Thunder Mountain station
                there’s a frighten trembling man,
                His body’s weak and feeble
                and his skin has left his hand,
                When I asked him for a ticket,
                he turned and shook his head,
                He grabbed my by the shoulder
                and this is what he said:

                "Before you get on board this train
                there’s something you should know,
                When I finish with this tale
                you might not want to go."

                I listened with amazement
                at what he said was true,
                And now my friend the time has come
                to tell this tale to you.

                Hear the legend,
                of Thunder Mountain,
                Victory come and tries to stay away,
                From Big Thunder,
                Mountain railroad,
                Thunder Mountain Railroad ran away!
                Last edited by RobotWolf; 08-17-2011, 08:15 AM.
                "The greatest expression of rebellion is joy." - Joss Whedon

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                • #9
                  Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                  This is as much of the queue music for Thunder that I can find:

                  1. West of the Wide Missouri
                  2. All Aboard the Mine Train
                  3. California Gold
                  4. Rock Candy Mountain
                  5. Saloon Willy
                  6. Old Yeller
                  7. Pecos Bill
                  8. Bang! Goes Old Betsy
                  9. There is a Tavern in the Town
                  10. Ghost Riders in the Sky
                  11. Buffalo Gals
                  12. Rock Candy Mountain (different version)

                  If it is two men singing it, it be Bang! Goes Old Betsy. It's from Davy Crockett and you can see it sung here by Fess Parker on Disneyland's Opening day:
                  Dateline: Disneyland (Part 2) - YouTube

                  Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                  • #10
                    Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                    I know they sing "Listen to the Mocking Birds".

                    Lyrics here:
                    listen-to-the-mockingbird

                    If that's the one you are thinking of, the instrumental of it was also used as a theme for The Three Stooges.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                      Originally posted by Ooklamok View Post
                      I know they sing "Listen to the Mocking Birds".

                      Lyrics here:
                      listen-to-the-mockingbird

                      If that's the one you are thinking of, the instrumental of it was also used as a theme for The Three Stooges.
                      AHHHHHH!!!! That is it. I wanted to say mockingbird but I wasn't sure if that was the word or not - didn't want to sound like a idiot. I am the person who always gets lyrics wrong. Thank you very much!!!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                        No problem. I have always loved that part of the queue.

                        Kind of a morbid song.

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                        • #13
                          Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                          Yes, that's the one. I've been looking for that particular barbershop arrangement for quite some time. I've always enjoyed the cheeriness of that very morbid song.

                          The barbershop quartet (I believe it's the Dapper Dans of the time it was recorder - late 70s) also sings "Good Night, Ladies," "Sweet Genevieve," and "Beautiful Dreamer."
                          -SilentDante
                          eliselzer.blogspot.com

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                            Re: A tune from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

                            Originally posted by Ooklamok View Post
                            No problem. I have always loved that part of the queue.

                            Kind of a morbid song.
                            So it is queue music after all. I was way off on that. Anyhow, glad you figured out what I was talking about.

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