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THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN --- Update
dfu | 10-01-01 | dfu

Posted on 11/01/2001 6:00:31 PM PST by doug from upland

Well, FReepers, THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN is becoming a reality. For those just tuning in, I wrote a song for fireman Mike Moran after hearing his "Osama bin Laden, you can kiss my royal Irish ass" at the VH1 concert. It was written to the tune of WEARIN' O THE GREEN.

FReeper vetnet, a screenwriter, saw the song and contacted me. We spent considerable time doing a re-write of the original and then he took the bull by the b*lls. Vetnet arranged for studio time, seven professional singers, a digital mixer (if that's the right word), and he put it together today. I am told the singers were on and the song is going to be a blockbuster.

Mike Moran contacted me yesterday by FReepmail and said that he loves the song. I hope this can be a mega fundraiser for the rescue workers. Any suggestions from FReepers as to who can handle donations would be appreciated. (It's a cinch this isn't going to be handled by the Red Cross or the anti-Scout United Way). Also, please call your local radio stations to request it.

Here is the final version.

MIDI - WEARIN' O THE GREEN

The Ballad of Mike Moran

I am Irish and was proud to serve with other firemen,
Who gave their lives for us that day, each one of them a friend,
In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass.

They’re the bravest men I’ve known…and I’ll miss them everyday,
I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away,
In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass,
You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass.

Never thinking of their safety, only saving other lives,
They never made it home to see their daughters, sons, or wives,
In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass.

They’re the bravest men I’ve known…and I’ll miss them everyday,
I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away,
In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass,
You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass.

Try to take our freedom and you’ve made a big mistake,
The spirit of America, you’re never going to break.
In remembrance of my brothers who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass.

They’re the bravest men I’ve known…and I’ll miss them everyday,
I will keep them in my heart, so they’re never far away,
In remembrance of my brothers, who from earthly bonds did pass,
Osama, step right up and kiss my royal Irish ass,
You’ll pay the price, but first you’ll kiss my royal Irish ass.

Perform in G


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KEYWORDS: 911families; mikemoran
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Note: if the lyrics don't always flow totally with the music, I am told that it gets tweaked in the studio and it comes out fine.
1 posted on 11/01/2001 6:00:31 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: royal IA
This one's for you, buddy. May the memory of your brother and your brothers at the department long live in all of our hearts.
2 posted on 11/01/2001 6:01:46 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland; royal IA
This is awesome, dfu! Thank-you royal IA for everything you have done.
3 posted on 11/01/2001 6:06:25 PM PST by WIMom
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To: StarFan
Ping. We'll need your help in New York.
4 posted on 11/01/2001 6:07:17 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Please post a pic of Mike Moran if you have one.
5 posted on 11/01/2001 6:08:13 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: doug from upland
A ROYAL IRISH BUMP.
6 posted on 11/01/2001 6:10:11 PM PST by father_elijah
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To: doug from upland
Inspiration is an amazing thing! Congrats for taking the ball and running with it!!!
7 posted on 11/01/2001 6:11:50 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: doug from upland
That is a heart warming song.
8 posted on 11/01/2001 6:14:36 PM PST by ResistorSister
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To: doug from upland
It does my heart proud. God bless you Mike Moran and all your hero buddies.
9 posted on 11/01/2001 6:15:21 PM PST by ThePoetsRaven
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To: doug from upland
What FReeper said he could get it on a Houston station???
10 posted on 11/01/2001 6:15:35 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Without a doubt, your finest song yet. Thanks Doug!
11 posted on 11/01/2001 6:16:58 PM PST by Registered
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To: doug from upland
Get what?
12 posted on 11/01/2001 6:19:17 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
To clarify: a Freeper said he could get this song played on a Houston station. Was that you from the other night?
13 posted on 11/01/2001 6:21:33 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Thanks
14 posted on 11/01/2001 6:21:47 PM PST by Sir Beowolf
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To: doug from upland
Doug..what a fabulous, terrific, marvelous job you did.
15 posted on 11/01/2001 6:22:02 PM PST by joyce11111
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To: doug from upland
No, I have no Radio clout WSE. But I would like to hear it played.
16 posted on 11/01/2001 6:26:17 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: Texaggie79
FREEPERS: Give us suggestions where the CDs need to be sent. What stations will play it?
17 posted on 11/01/2001 6:27:44 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland; FFIGHTER
Got my Irish up...

(and an o'ping for mon frere)

18 posted on 11/01/2001 6:29:15 PM PST by austinTparty
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To: doug from upland
Hannity has played some music like that. Send one his way.
19 posted on 11/01/2001 6:33:25 PM PST by Texaggie79
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To: doug from upland
Good for you!
20 posted on 11/01/2001 6:38:03 PM PST by austingirl
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To: doug from upland
WABC Radio NYC Two Penn Plaza,,,,Doug, you're the greatest. This is the best yet.
21 posted on 11/01/2001 6:46:09 PM PST by ThePoetsRaven
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To: doug from upland
Thank You! I was signing it to my husband, and went off-beat a few times!! Glad to know it was the song and not me :')

Thank you so much for this one. I love all of your songs, but this one....ah, what a beauty!!

22 posted on 11/01/2001 7:03:18 PM PST by Grenada
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To: Grenada
I am told that songs adjust in the studio. My ear thought it should have been "You will pay, but first you'll kiss my royal Irish ass." And, "And I will miss them everyday." I guess they can squeeze in an extra beat to get "You'll pay the price." Perhaps they stretched out "I'll" so it had an extra beat. Oh, well, I know nothing about music. I just write lyrics.
23 posted on 11/01/2001 7:10:17 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
I have no complaints! My voice breaks more often-than-not these days. I was teasing about being able to blame the breaks on you, rather than myself!

I do know an Irish recording artist who might be interested? Let me know by freep-mail if that tickles your fancy. Thank you for a GREAT and uplifting song!

24 posted on 11/01/2001 7:22:40 PM PST by Grenada
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To: Grenada
I do know an Irish recording artist who might be interested?

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The song has already been recorded in studio today with seven or eight singers. Mixing will be completed tomorrow and we have ourselves a song.

25 posted on 11/01/2001 7:27:39 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
I just sent the MIDI and lyrics to Rick Dees in Los Angeles. On his website, he has archived Mike's comments.
26 posted on 11/01/2001 8:40:47 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
BRAVO! IT'S BRILLIANT! THANKS!

Not to spoil the momentum, could you create a ballad on booed hitlery and HER KISSING OSAMA'S ASS?

27 posted on 11/01/2001 8:41:29 PM PST by truther
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To: truther
Hillary being booed --- TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
28 posted on 11/01/2001 8:54:07 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
WSPD in Toledo, Ohio would probably play it. (they are owned by Clear Channel and run Rush, Reagan, Beck, etc.) Send it to the Attention of Scott Sloan.

125 South Superior Toledo, Ohio 43602 Business line 419.244.8321

Maybe e-mailing first would be good: scottsloan@clearchannel.com

29 posted on 11/01/2001 8:56:00 PM PST by madison10
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To: doug from upland
Teddy Bear doesn't work. :(
30 posted on 11/01/2001 8:58:35 PM PST by madison10
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To: doug from upland
I cannot open your link: get 'bad request' on the screen.
31 posted on 11/01/2001 8:59:12 PM PST by truther
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To: doug from upland
Send it to Limbaugh. I bet he would play it on the air also.
32 posted on 11/01/2001 9:01:03 PM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: truther; madison10
TRY THIS --- TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
33 posted on 11/01/2001 9:02:11 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: madison10
Thanks for the Toledo info.
34 posted on 11/01/2001 9:03:41 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: truther
Also, please keep this threat running, i.e. post it again periodically. I think it's 'acutely' patriotic and keeps up the spirit.
35 posted on 11/01/2001 9:05:31 PM PST by truther
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To: doug from upland; rwfromkansas
Good idea! Rush will love it, play it, and comment on it his unique way. Goooood idea!
36 posted on 11/01/2001 9:13:04 PM PST by truther
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To: doug from upland
And one person can't make a difference? Right!!! Kudos to you and Mike Moran. I would think that Bret Hume would do so; he has been adding a KMA to monster bin laden at end of some of his programs lately. Neal Boortz here in Atlanta would probably play it. I'll call his office tomorrow and get information and send to you. As far as donations go, how about the Widows and Orphans Fund of Firemen? Think they have direct control over it and no red tape from red cross. I think Salvation Army does a pretty good job too. What does Mike Moran suggest?
37 posted on 11/01/2001 9:20:18 PM PST by pjb819
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To: pjb819
Would the Widows and Orphans Fund handle the merchandise and sent it out for a donation?
38 posted on 11/01/2001 9:25:34 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Outstanding!

I've been singing in choruses and choirs since I was 4 years old. Wish I could have helped record this one!

39 posted on 11/02/2001 2:03:21 AM PST by John R. (Bob) Locke
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To: doug from upland
I was reading the words while listening to the music from the MIDI file, and I think it fits the beat just fine. Most Irish music moves along at a quick clip, and if you "sing" those couple of phrases in question up-tempo (almost slur the words together) then it works out great!
40 posted on 11/02/2001 2:06:43 AM PST by John R. (Bob) Locke
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To: doug from upland
send it to gloenn beck I bet he would play it. You should be able to get his information at glennbeck.com
41 posted on 11/02/2001 2:19:21 AM PST by WolfsView
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To: doug from upland
I like it

BUMP!

42 posted on 11/02/2001 2:21:43 AM PST by Colosis
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To: doug from upland
Another good one is WMMS in cleveland

WMMS
6200 Oak Tree Blvd
Fourth Floor
Independance, Ohio 44131

send it in care of the fresh baked morning show they have played the Taliban song.

www.wmms.com

43 posted on 11/02/2001 2:24:47 AM PST by WolfsView
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To: doug from upland
Send it to G. Gordon Liddy -- he's been playing a lot of Lee Greenwood -- and he's nationwide.

Carolyn

44 posted on 11/02/2001 2:27:13 AM PST by CDHart
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To: doug from upland
Send to Tom Marr in Baltimore - a radio talk show host who's even more outspoken than Rush!! Bet he'll play it. I was in Baltimore for the month of Oct. and was cable deprived, so listened to Marr all the time. He's great, played Moran's speech lots of times. Here's his info.:

Snail Mail
WCBM Radio
1726 Riesterstown Rd. Suite 117
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

Station and Show Phone Lines
Station Phone # (Main) - 410 - 580 * 6800

on the air:
410 - 922 - 6680 or wcbm 680
800 - 922 - 6680 or wcbm 680

Email: tom@wcbm.com

45 posted on 11/02/2001 5:11:53 AM PST by Elkiejg
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To: Vetnet
Some good suggestions here for where to send a CD.
46 posted on 11/02/2001 5:16:39 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
Here's an Orlando FL talk radio station that would probably play it too:

WDBO Business phone number: 407-295-5858
Call In: 407-290-0058, 1-800-329-5858, #580 for AT&T Wireless, *NBA for BellSouth Mobility
For News: 407-297-NEWS.
News Email: news@wdbo.com
Fax: 407-290-1076

Snail Mail address:
4192 John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32804

47 posted on 11/02/2001 5:17:47 AM PST by Elkiejg
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To: Elkiejg
Who knows how to reach Mike Barnicle?
48 posted on 11/02/2001 5:48:55 AM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
I'll give it my best shot. Let me know what I can do to help.

Eaker

49 posted on 11/02/2001 5:54:44 AM PST by Eaker
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To: doug from upland
Doug,

You have FreepMail.

Eaker

50 posted on 11/02/2001 6:01:27 AM PST by Eaker
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