Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Backstories: Big Thunder Mountain

Unusually for an attraction at Disneyland, a song commissioned for Big Thunder Mountain actually contained a lot of the backstory for the attraction not available in other places. I've included a YouTube video containing the song, with the lyrics below.



The Legend of Thunder Mountain

At Big Thunder Mountain station there’s a frighten trembling man,
His body’s weak and feeble and his skin has left his hand,
When I asked him for a ticket, he turned and shook his head,
He grabbed my by the shoulder and this is what he said:

"Before you get on board this train there’s something you should know,
When I finish with this tale you might not want to go."
I listened with amazement at what he said was true,
And now my friend the time has come to tell this tale to you.

Hear the legend, of Thunder Mountain,
Victory come and tries to stay away,
From Big Thunder, Mountain railroad,
Thunder Mountain Railroad ran away!

He said as legend has it on one foggy night in June,
The train and crew pulled out as well beneath the darken moon,
With a boiler full of water and a tender full of coal,
The whistle screamed a warning as the wheels began to roll.

Then like a bucking bronco with a cougar on it’s back,
The train began to run away on miles and miles of track,
What happened to the crew that night no one has ever learned,
The train pulled in all by itself, the men did not return.

Hear the legend, of Thunder Mountain,
Victory come and tries to stay away,
From Big Thunder, Mountain railroad,
Thunder Mountain Railroad ran away!

The history of Big Thunder, continues to unfold,
The stories of its danger continue to be told,
Of avalanche and rattle snakes and earthquakes in the night,
And voices of that phantom crew that chill your blood with fright.

So please forgive me mister if I’m standing in your way,
But before you buy your ticket, there’s one thing I have to say:

Hear the legend, of Thunder Mountain,
Victory come and tries to stay away,
From Big Thunder, Mountain railroad,
Thunder Mountain Railroad ran away!

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