The Ballad of Big Daddy Earl: a parody tribute to our mythological mascot.

To the tune of “Big John” (and with apologizes to Jimmy Dean) by Randall Wise

Big Daddy, Big Daddy, Big Daddy Earle.
Every evenin’ at the theater you could see him arrive
He stood six foot six and weighed two forty five
Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip
And everybody knew ya didn’t give no lip to Big Daddy.
(Big Daddy, Big Daddy Big Daddy Earle.

Nobody seemed to know where he called home
He just drifted into Norristown and stayed all alone
He didn’t say much, kinda quiet and shy
And if you spoke at all, you just said “Hi” to Big Daddy.

Somebody said he came from Paoli
Where he got in a fight over a Main Line Queen
And a crashin’ blow from an Iron Age man
Sent a Villanova fellow to the Promised Land-Big Daddy
(Big Daddy, Big Daddy) Big Daddy Earle.

Then came the night before the intermission of the show
When a line went up and men started cryin’
Actors were prayin’ and hearts beat fast
And everybody thought that they’d acted their last-‘cept Earle.

Through the lights and the set of this man-made hell
Walked a giant of a man that the directors knew well
Grabbed a sobbin’ actor and, ‘libbed with a groan
And like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone-Big Daddy
(Big Daddy, Big Daddy) Big Daddy Earle.

And with all of his strength he gave a line readin’
Then a thespian yelled out “There’s the cue to save us!”
And twenty men scrambled offstage to the “Place.”
Now there’s only one left there as the lights faded – Big Daddy

With costumes and props, beer, fake blood
and shotguns,they headed back in
Then came a rumble way down in the elevator
And then smoke and gas belched out of that shaft
Everybody knew it was the end of the line for Big Daddy
(Big Daddy, Big Daddy) Big Daddy Earle

Now they never reopened that 4th floor
They just placed a marque in front of it
These few words are written in neon
At the top of this theater lies one hell of a man big Daddy
(Big Daddy, Big Daddy) Big Daddy Earle

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