EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde’ – Georgie Fame

What was the number one song in the UK on 24th January 1968?

British singer Georgie Fame, got to number one for 1 week with The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.

This song is produced very much in the style of 1930s music echoing the era that the notorious criminal couple Bonnie & Clyde made a menace of themselves. The song is very much a story telling musical piece. It even features the sounds of the gun battle that resulted in their demise. The tune itself has an almost jolly music hall quality to it and is incredibly catchy.

Lyrics

Bonnie and Clyde were pretty lookin’ people
But I can tell you people They were the devil’s children,
Bonnie and Clyde began their evil doin’
One lazy afternoon down Savannah way,
They robbed a store, and high-tailed outa that town
Got clean away in a stolen car,
And waited till the heat died down,
Bonnie and Clyde advanced their reputation
And made the graduation
Into the banking business.
“Reach for the sky” sweet-talking Clyde would holler
As Bonnie loaded dollars in the dewlap bag,
Now one brave man-he tried to take ’em alone
They left him Iyin’ in a pool of blood,
And laughed about it all the way home.
Bonnie and Clyde got to be public enemy number one
Running and hiding from ev’ry American lawman’s gun.
They used to laugh about dyin’,
But deep inside ’em they knew
That pretty soon they’d be lyin’
Beneath the ground together
Pushing up daisies to welcome the sun
And the morning dew.
Acting upon reliable information
A fed’ral deputation laid a deadly ambush.
When Bonnie and Clyde came walking in the sunshine
A half a dozen carbines opened up on them.
Bonnie and Clyde, they lived a lot together
And finally together they died,

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