Is Johnny Freedom Gone for Good?

I make no apologies that I am a fan of old time country and western music. To be fair, I also enjoy Gospel, classical, folk, pop, instrumental, Celtic and early rock and roll. My all-time favorite singer is Tennessee Ernie Ford and his Gospel music. A trivia fact that you may not know is that Ford holds a music record that may never be broken. His album Hymns, was in the Top 100 for every month for ten consecutive years.

Often when I am writing, I listen to my different music collections on my computer. One of my collections contains the songs of Johnny Horton who sang about a number of historical events. He sang about the Battle of New Orleans, the German Battleship the Bismarck, legendary frontiersman Jim Bridger, Custard’s horse Comanche and other historical events.

Horton loved history, especially American history and putting it in song. In 1960, songwriter Jule Styne wrote a song called Johnny Freedom that wrapped up a number of events in American history into one song. Johnny Horton recorded the song and made it a hit. The lyrics start:

“When our country was a baby and the Redcoats had their way
It was he who had a party tossin’ tea in Boston Bay
It was he who braved the winter in the days of Valley Forge
Fightin’ side by side together with a fella name of George”

“Johnny Freedom, Johnny Freedom
You can meet him on each page of history
He’s the spirit of America
Our country’s pride and joy
Hats off to Johnny Freedom, Johnny Freedom
That’s our boy”

“When our country started growin’ and the wagons headed West
When our country called for pioneers, his name led all the rest
What a figure in his raw hide coat and hat made of raccoon
Wonder what there was about him made you think of Dan’l Boone”

“Johnny Freedom, Johnny Freedom
You can meet him on each page of history
He’s the spirit of America
Our country’s pride and joy
Hats off to Johnny Freedom, Johnny Freedom
That’s our boy…”

Here is Reeves singing the song on the old Eddy Arnold Television show back in the early 1960s:

As I was listening to the song, I keyed on the phrase ‘You can meet him on each page of history’ and realized that is no longer true in today’s public schools. Liberals have removed all mentions of heroes and events incorporated into Johnny Freedom. Our kids and grandkids know nothing of these early American heroes and what little they are taught about it is warped, making them seem like terrorists and evil people.

When I mentioned my thoughts to my lovely wife and asked about a title for this article, it was she that came up with the question if Johnny Freedom is gone for good. Will the truth about America’s history ever return to textbooks or will Johnny Freedom die with my generation? Unless we can take back control from the liberal progressives that are hell bent on destroying our nation, Johnny Freedom will die and be forgotten. I pray that never happens.