#02885
Big Strong Man (Masterless Men) videos
(My Brother Sylvest)
#2074: YouTube video by NLTreasure
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

Have you heard about the big strong man?
He lives in a caravan;
Have you heard about the Jeffrey-Johnson fight?
Oh, Lord, what a hell of a fight.
You can take all the heavyweights you got,
We have a man that can take the whole lot;
He used to ring the bells in the belfry,
Now he's gonna fight Jack Demspey.

That's me brother Sylvest,
(WHAT'S HE GOT?)
With a row of forty medals on his chest;
(BIG CHEST!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west,
he knows no rest,
Think of a man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove.
Plenty of room for you and me,
He's got an arm like a leg;
And a punch that would sink a battleship,
(BIG SHIP!)
It takes all the army and the navy
to put the wind up Sylvest.

Well, he thought he'd take a trip to Italy,
And he thought that he'd go by sea;
So he jumped off the harbour in New York,
And he swam like a man in a corpse.
Then he saw the Lusitania in distress,
Put the Lusitania on his chest,
Drank all of the water in the sea,
Then he walked all the way to Italy.

That's me brother Sylvest,
(WHAT'S HE GOT?)
With a row of forty medals on his chest;
(BIG CHEST!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west,
he knows no rest,
Think of a man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove.
Plenty of room for you and me,
He's got an arm like a leg;
And a punch that would sink a battleship,
(BIG SHIP!)
It takes all the army and the navy
to put the wind up Sylvest.

Well, he thought he'd take a trip to old Japan,
They brought out the whole brass band;
He played every instrument they got,
My Lord, he played the whole lot.
And the old church bells will ring,
And the old church choir will sing;
And that's how they said farewell
to my big brother Sylvest'.

That's me brother Sylvest,
(WHAT'S HE GOT?)
With a row of forty medals on his chest;
(BIG CHEST!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west,
he knows no rest,
Think of a man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove.
Plenty of room for you and me,
He's got an arm like a leg;
And a punch that would sink a battleship,
(BIG SHIP!)
It takes all the army and the navy
to put the wind up Sylvest.

That's me brother Sylvest,
(WHAT'S HE GOT?)
With a row of forty medals on his chest;
(BIG CHEST!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west,
he knows no rest,
Think of a man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove.
Plenty of room for you and me,
He's got an arm like a leg;
And a punch that would sink a battleship,
(BIG SHIP!)
It takes all the army and the navy
to put the wind up Sylvest.

That's me brother Sylvest,
(WHAT'S HE GOT?)
With a row of forty medals on his chest;
(BIG CHEST!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west,
he knows no rest,
Think of a man, hell's fire, don't push, just shove.
Plenty of room for you and me,
He's got an arm like a leg;
And a punch that would sink a battleship,
(BIG SHIP!)
It takes all the army and the navy
to put the wind up Sylvest.

Diddely yah dah....

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional early 20th-century drinking song made popular throughout the world by Irish members of the British army ....####
This variant arranged and recorded by Masterless Men (On The Run / The Masterless Men, trk#8, 2002, recorded with The Great Big Studio in John Curran's basement and published by Masterless Men, Mount Pearl, NL).

See more songs by the Masterless Men.

GEST Notes:
On July 4, 1910, undefeated former Heavyweight World Champion, James J Jeffries, after retiring in 1904, attempted to regain his title in a scheduled 45 round fight against Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion in history. In this touted first Fight of the Century, Johnson soundly trounced Jeffries in an epic mismatch. Jeffries did not win a single round during the fifteen rounds the fight lasted. After giving him a terrible beating during the fight, Johnson knocked Jeffries out in the fifteenth round. The defeat of the "Great White Hope" set off race riots throughout the country in which 13 people were killed. Jack Johnson held his title until he was defeated in 1915 by Jess Willard, but history reveals no other black fighter was offered a shot at the title until 1936 when Joe Louis was offered a fight against reigning champion James J Braddock, which took place in 1937.

From Wikipedia:
Jack Dempsey - (the Manassa Mauler) [1895-1983] American boxer who held the world heavyweight title from 1919, when he defeated Jess Willard, to 1926. His aggressive style and exceptional punching power made him one of the most popular boxers in history. Many of his fights set financial and attendance records, including the first million dollar gate.
RMS Lusitania - ocean liner owned by the Cunard Line and built by John Brown and Company of Clydebank, Scotland. She was torpedoed by German U-boat U-20 on 7 May 1915 and sank in eighteen minutes, eight miles (15 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1198 of the 1959 people aboard. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany, and was instrumental in bringing the United States into World War I.


#1354: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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