Anthem of the day: 'Snoopy vs. Osama' by Ocala's The Royal Guardsmen
Well, that didn't take long. Within hours of President Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed, an Ocala group called The Royal Guardsmen sent out a press release reminding everyone of their 2006 song Snoopy vs. Osama. A sample of the lyrics:
Then up ahead in a cloud of dust
stood old bin Laden just a-lookin' at us;
Snoopy smiled and aimed and he fired his gun;
"Take this, bin Laden, now you won't have to run!"
Osama bin Laden won't be runnin' away;
Snoopy finally found him, and this was the day
He took him out, and now the world can sing,
"Goodbye bin Laden and the end of your terror!"
Now, before you start wondering why Snoopy is fighting Osama bin Laden in the first place, we should let you know that this is actually a remake of the song Snoopy vs. The Red Baron, which somehow became a Top 10 hit in 1966. The lyrics were changed by original members John Burdett and Barry Winslow in 2006 -- a good five years after 9-11 -- because it seems Osama bin Laden had finally become a greater threat to America's freedom than the Red Baron.
"The Guardsmen were convinced that we would not let this mass murderer get away forever," said Randolph Michaud, president of The Royal Guardsmen’s label, Star Creek Records, said in a statement Monday. "They didn’t know when or how but they knew we’d get Bin Laden at some point. And when we did, we’d celebrate. Snoopy Vs. Osama really is a joyous song of celebration for people around the world. Hopefully, everyone will listen and start dancin' in the streets!"
In the end, let's be clear: The Royal Guardsmen aren't taking credit for hunting down and killing Osama bin Laden. But they're not NOT taking credit for it, either.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*