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Fifty Megatons: Sonny Russell [1963]

Fifty Megatons is a singularly bizarre rockabilly record about a man who is blown out of bed by the Bomb and winds up on the moon being swallowed by a "floating space alligator." The song is notable for its (pre-drug era) hallucinatory lyrics and the strange sound effects to suggest lunar reptiles. This is the kind of tune that Jethro Bodine of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' would have interpreted as science fact.

Very little is known about Russell, but according to the owner of the Band Box label, Russell walked into the studio and recorded his tracks alone.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Fifty Megatons: Sonny Russell [1963]

Well, I was blown out of bed, hit in the head
I saw three flashes of atomic red
Spun around town, shot in the ground
Swirled and swirled three times faster than sound

It was a fifty megaton
It was a fifty megaton
It was a fifty megaton hydrogen
Like they rate an atomic bomb

Well, the rocket passed me, I climbed up a tree
Just then something got hold of me and the tree
We shot on up in the stratosphere
Six thousand miles away from here

Well, I stepped from out of the rocket ship
Three spacemen grabbed me and gave me a flip
I ran over to the edge of the moon
The ground gave way, I fell into a deep lagoon

Well, I landed at the bottom of a deep dark crater
Face to face with a space alligator
The alligator looked at me, I could hardly see
There was another one a-floatin' and it swallowed me

Sonny Russell [1963]
Fifty Megatons
(E. Russell)
Band Box 332

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