One for the Annoying Music Show?
Arguably, "Alvarez Kelly" has one the worst theme songs ever written for any major Hollywood production. And by none others than Johnny Green and Johnny Mercer, proving that it takes great talent to produce such a truly god awful ear sore!
Celebrating the studly antics of tired, middle-aged and slouching William Holden, warbled by a failing Brothers 4, its "Annoying Music" at is finest, deserving to be heard at least once (and prayerfully no more than that) on the NPR show.
But yet, never even once on the way to work, have I heard:
"With a heart full of blarney and a gleam in his eyes
And wherever he stopped the gals kept droppin' like flies"
Nor even the immortal:
"Alvarez Kelly the aye-aye-aye Irish Señor!"
Jim Nayder ...How can you have have missed?
Warning!!!!!!!!!! The Complete Lyrics Are Below!!!!!!!!!
Theme song from the film "Alvarez Kelly" (1966)
(Johnny Green / Johnny Mercer)
The Brothers Four (Film Soundtrack) - 1966
Alvarez Kelly rode over the rise
With a heart full of blarney and a gleam in his eyes
And wherever he stopped the gals kept droppin' like flies
Till a lady from Richmond cut him down to size
War is hell without a doubt, but Kelly never found that out
Or if'n he did he seldom gave a damn
For when he met a pretty girl in Texas, Tennessee or Alabam
He'd kiss 'em and wink and whisper "Thankya Ma'am"
Alvarez Kelly, the Irish Señor
Kept pursuin' his hobbies while pursuin' the War
Give him rum in a glass and some fair lass to adore
And he couldn't care less what they were fighting for
Alvarez Kelly, I'll say it once more (say it once more)
Alvarez Kelly the aye-aye-aye Irish Señor
(Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2009)