Across the Alley from the Alamo

The Mills Brothers

About Across the Alley from the Alamo

Across the Alley from the Alamo is a song written in 1946 by Joe Greene, which has become a jazz standard. The Mills Brothers' recording of the song scored #2 on the U. S. Billboard chart in 1947, and there were cover versions that same year by Woody Herman and his Orchestra and by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra with vocalist June Christy. The Mills Brothers covered it on their 1958 album The Mills Bros. – Great Hits. It also features on albums such as Ella Fitzgerald's Live at Mister Kelly's (1958) and Patti Austin's The Real Me (1988). It was recorded by The Three Suns, 1947, RCA Victor 20-2272-B. It was also recorded by The Skyrockets Orchestra with vocalist Dick James in 1948, and Asleep at the Wheel in 1985. Greene's whimsical lyrics (said to have been inspired by a dream he had), concern a Navajo Indian and his pinto pony. The pair have an easygoing life until they take a walking vacation along a railroad track and are never seen again. 


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Across the alley from the Alamo
Lived a pinto pony and a Navajo
Who sang a sort of Indian "Hi-de-ho"
To the people passin' by

The pinto spent his time a-swishin' flies
And the Navajo watched the lazy skies
And very rarely did they ever rest their eyes
On the people passin' by

One day, they went a walkin' along the railroad track
They were swishin' not a-lookin'  Toot! Toot!, they never came back

Oh, across the alley from the Alamo
When the summer sun decides to settle low
A fly sings an Indian "Hi-de-ho"
To the people passing by

Across the alley from the Alamo
Lived a pinto pony and a Navajo
Who used to bake frijoles in cornmeal dough
For the people passing by

They thought that they would make some easy bucks
By washin' their frijoles in Duz and Lux,
A pair of very conscientious clucks
To the people passin' by

Then they took this cheap vacation, their shoes were polished bright
No, they never heard the whistle, Toot! Toot! they're clear out of sight

Oh, across the alley from the Alamo
When the starlight beams its tender glow
The beams go to sleep and then there ain't no dough
For the people passin' by

One day, they went a walkin' along the railroad track
They were swishin' not a-lookin'  Toot! Toot!, they never came back

Oh, across the alley from the Alamo
When the summer sun decides to settle low
A fly sings an Indian "Hi-de-ho"
To the people passin' by

Across the alley from the Alamo

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The Mills Brothers

The Mills Brothers, sometimes billed the Four Mills Brothers, and originally known as the Four Kings of Harmony, were an African-American jazz and pop vocal quartet who made more than 2,000 recordings that sold more than 50 million copies and garnered at least three dozen gold records. The Mills Brothers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. more »

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Written by: BARBARA BELLE, JACK LITTLE, LARRY STOCK, LARRY LAWRENCE STOCK, TEDDY POWELL

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