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Atomic Nightmare: The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda [1957]

The primal fear inspired by the prospect of atomic war is on fine display in this relentless calypso number. The song's narrator's comical goal is to "run, run, run like a son of a gun" to outpace the Bomb because, he reasons, if an atomic submarine and guided missile "can do a thousand RPMs, I can do them, too." In hindsight, this civil defense 'strategy' was probably as sound as any other being put forth by the government.

The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda (Archie, lead singer, guitarist, harmonica; Austin, guitar, harmonica; Roy, bass; Bryan, tipple; and cousin Cromwell 'Mandy' Mandres, accordion) started as part-time calypso artists in 1941 and by 1947 were featured players on the Bermuda hotel circuit. They were born in a part of the island that was later appropriated for white-owned estates (one of them currently the property of Ross Perot). The group first toured the U.S. in 1953 and by 1957 they were touring America again under the sponsorship of the Sheraton Hotels and appearing on 'The Ed Sullivan Show.'

A unique instrument in the Talbots' musical arsenal was Roy Talbot's stand-up bass which was constructed out of a meat-packing case, a fishing line and a bolt. Inscribed on this instrument, which the Talbot's nicknamed a 'doghouse,' are the names of all the famous people the band had played for or with. These celebrities included Babe Ruth, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Arlene Francis, Mary Martin, William Holden and others.

In 1956 Archie Talbot composed the song Bermuda Affair for the 1956 film of the same name starring Kim Hunter. The song was included on the Talbot Brothers LP 'Calpysos'.

The Talbots released a number of 10" and 12" LPs and 78s over their long career including 'Calypso Party,' 'Bermuda Holiday' and Bermuda Buggy Ride. The group's last recorded work under their original line-up was in 1961.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Atomic Nightmare: The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda [1957]

Oh listen to me nightmare about the atomic bomb
When you hear the story, then I know you're going to want to run

You're going to run, run, run back where you come from
I just heard from a little bird they're going to drop the atomic bomb

Talk about a flying saucer streaking through the sky
I'm going to stop the flying saucer, stop them all going by

Refrain: I'm going to run, run, run like a son of a gun
I don't know where I'm going to go, but I'm really going to run
Oh, run, run, run like of a son of a gun
I don't know where I'm going to go, but I'm really going to run

They say stand still like a soldier until the threat is gone
And if they drop the atomic bomb, it's going to fall down in the farm
But me I'm going to be moving, make room I want to pass
I'm going to show that old spaceship an awful lot of class

Refrain

Talk about atomic submarine and a guided missile, too
If they can do a thousand RPMs,then I can do them, too

Refrain

Oh, you'll run, run, run like a son of a gun
I don't know where I'm going to go, but I'm really going to run
Oh, run, run, run like of a son of a gun
I don't know where I'm going to go, but I'm really going to run

Run, run, run, run, run, run

The Talbot Brothers of Bermuda [1957]
Atomic Nightmare
(Archie Talbot)
ABC 9952; ABC LP 156 'Calypsos'

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