Now, somewhere in the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota,
There lived a young boy, name of Rocky Racoon...
Thus commences Paul's Wild West parody — though the Rockster had originally been surnamed 'Sassoon'. And quite how a cowboy saga had come to him somewhere in the grey Himalayan foothills of Northern India in the first place is anyone's guess, but there you have it!
Affecting a cod-y'all drawl to commence the narration, his lazy acoustic strumming is ably accompanied by Big John's six-string bass, harmonium and — natch — campfire harmonica. Sherrif Martin's honky-tonk saloon piano similarly stands out in setting the scene. Hoss Harrison limited himself to backing vox, with ranch-hand Ringo roping 'em in nicely (always loved that gunshot crack!) The Return Of The Magnificent Five...
While it is one of the slighter songs on The White
, the plot is every bit as complete as that of many an old Gary Cooper flick. It's the cast of characters, however, that makes it most memorable: the plucky young hero himself and his two-timin' gal Lil McGill (aka Nancy) — a bar-room floozy if ever there was one; Deadshot Dan (who I'm darn sure dain't take no ten steps before he pulled that pistol); Reverend Gideon, the itinerant revivalist Bible-dropper, and — last but not least — the gin-shminkin' Doc.
Of course, it was never going to pick up any Oscars — or Grammys, for that matter. "All in good fun", as Marshall McCartney put it: and a perfect set-up for the next number
, to (cowboy) boot!