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Trial Of Francis Powers: Red River Dave (Dave McEnery) [1960]

The Francis Gary Powers U-2 incident and the pilot's subsequent Soviet show trial aroused so much media attention that it also inspired Red River Dave's hyper-patriotic sequel to his own earlier tune, Ballad Of Francis Powers (There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere) which is also heard on this set. Upon Powers' rather predictable conviction, the pilot received a ten year sentence from the Soviets, but he was subsequently traded in 1962 for the U.S.-convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel.
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Trial Of Francis Powers: Red River Dave (Dave McEnery) [1960]

Glory, glory he’s a hero
Glory, glory he’s a hero
Glory, glory he’s a hero
Who flew for Uncle Sam

In the stately hall of columns, 1960 was the year
When young Francis Gary Powers stood before the Russian bear
They were trying him for spying, o’er the Soviets he flew
In the famous plane U-2
Glory, glory…

Far across the foreign waters in the state USSR
O’er the Lubianka prison shines a bright foreboding star
In that godless land of Russia, in that veil of endless tears
They gave him 10 long years!

Glory, glory…

In the future page of history, in the ages yet to come
When free men speak of their heroes, and the deeds that they have done
They will sing of Francis Powers and the famous plane he flew
For the great red, white and blue.

Glory, glory…

Red River Dave (Dave McEnery) [1960]
Trial Of Francis Powers
(Dave McEnery)
Savoy 3023

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