Timothy Murphy, The Song




Ray Charles' "The Continental Soldier" was commissioned by the Texas Boys' Choir in anticipation of the Bicentennial celebration of the United States in 1976. The first performances were given during the Choir's National Tour in 1972.

All of the individuals portrayed in the "Suite" were real people who served in some capacity during the American Revolution. Some are well-known in history, others less well-known, but all made a significant contribution to the Continental Army during America's War for Independence.

The text of "The Continental Soldier Suite" is given below:

TIMOTHY MURPHY

Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
Timothy Murphy was his name.
Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman
In the Continental Army, he won his fame.

J'ever hear of Timothy Murphy, a real life son-of-a-gun?
He was born in New Jersey in seventeen fifty-one.
He got his reputation from the rifle in his hand:
A double barreled rifle, the first one in the land.
Enlisted in the army when the war was only begun
And stayed there a-fightin' until the war was won.

With Washington at Valley Forge he crossed the Delaware;
When they needed a troubleshooter: Tim Murphy was there.

Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
Timothy Murphy was his name.
Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman;
In the Continental Army, he won his fame.

At the Battle of Saratoga, Tim Murphy had his big day;
With a shot from his rifle he drove defeat away.
The British were preparing to attack our men in force
When Murphy got his orders: "Get that man on the horse!"
"That man" was General Fraser, a man who couldn't be beat;
If he led his army we'd surely face defeat.

So up a tree to climb and there he took a careful aim
Then he fired a shot that won us a war, and him fame.

Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
Timothy Murphy was his name.
Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
In the Continental Army he won his fame.

Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
Timothy Murphy was his name.
Bang! Bang! The double barreled rifleman,
In the Continental Army he won his fame.

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