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Al Dexter and Pistol Packin' Mama


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Al Dexter was born in 1905 in Jacksonville, Texas. He became a musician and singer and, in 1936, wrote a song called "Honky Tonk Blues," which is regarded as the first Country and Western recording to use the term "honky tonk." In 1943 he had a massive hit song with "Pistol Packin' Mama," based on an incident he had witnessed in the East Texas oilfields. Once the chorus gets in your head it refuses to leave. The song has been covered by everybody from Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters to Boxcar Willie. Memorable lyrics include:

"I'll see you every night, babe
I'll woo you every day,
I'll be your regular daddy
If you'll put that gun away

Lay that pistol down, babe
Lay that pistol down
Pistol packin' mama
Lay that pistol down"
Here's the song:
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