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"The Martins and the Coys" was a novelty song written in 1936, and introduced by Ted Seems and His Orchestra. It tells the story of a hillbilly feud that was finally broken when the last surviving members of each family fell in love.

In 1946, the song was adapted into the first segment of Walt Disney's animated feature, Make Mine Music, where it was performed by the vocal group The King's Men.

The song was later performed in Episode 521 of The Muppet Show.

Lyrics

Gather 'round me, children, and I'll tell a story
Of the mountains in the days when guns was law
When two families got disputin',
It was bound to end in shootin'
So just listen and I'll tell you what I saw

Oh, the Martins and the Coys, they was reckless mountain boys
And they took up family-feudin' when they'd meet
They would shoot each other quicker
Than it took your eye to flicker
They could knock a squirrel's eye out at ninety feet

All their fightin' started one bright Sunday mornin'
When old Grandpa Coy was full of mountain dew
Just as quiet as a church mouse,
He stole in the Martins' henhouse
'Cause the Coys, they needed eggs for breakfast, too

Oh, the Martins and the Coys, they was reckless mountain boys
But old Grandpa Coy has gone where angels live
When they found him on the mountain,
He was bleedin' like a fountain
'Cause they punctured him 'til he looked like a sieve

After that, they started out to fight in earnest
And they scarred the mountains up with shot and shell
There was uncles, brothers, cousins
Why, they bumped 'em off in dozens
Just how many bit the dust, it's hard to tell

Oh, the Martins and the Coys, they was reckless mountain boys
At the art of killin', they became quite deft
They all know'd they shouldn't do it
But before they hardly knew it,
On each side, they only had one person left

Now, the sole remainin' Martin was a maiden
And as pretty as a picture was this Grace
While the one survivin' boy
Was the handsome Henry Coy
And the folks all knew they'd soon meet face to face

Oh, the Martins and the Coys, they was reckless mountain boys
But their shootin' and their killin' sure played hob
And it didn't bring no joy
To know that Grace and Henry Coy
Both had sworn that they would finish up the job

So, they finally met upon a mountain pathway
And Henry Coy, he aimed his gun at Grace
He was set to pull the trigger
When he saw her pretty fig'ure,
You could see that love had kicked him in the face

Oh, the Martins and the Coys, they was reckless mountain boys
But they say their ghostly cussin' gives ya chills
'Cause the hatchet sure was buried
When sweet Grace and Henry married
It broke up the best durn feud in these here hills

You may think that this is where the story ended
But I'm tellin' you, them ghosts don't cuss no more
'Cause since Grace and Henry wedded,
They'd fight worse than all the rest did
And they'd carry on the feud just like before



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Make Mine Music Logo
Media
Make Mine MusicCasey Bats AgainHouse of MouseVideo

Segments: The Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey at the Bat Two SilhouettesPeter and the WolfAfter You've GoneJohnny Fedora and Alice Blue BonnetWillie the Operatic Whale

Disney Parks
Games of the BoardwalkLe Pays des Contes de FéesWonderful World of Animation

Restaurants: Casey's Corner

Characters
Henry CoyGrace MartinEgret CoupleCaseyLadies from the StandTeenagersPeterSashaSoniaIvanPeter's GrandfatherMisha, Yasha, and VladimirWolfClarinetJohnny FedoraAlice Blue BonnetWillie the WhaleWhiteyTetti-TattiTetti-Tatti's Sailors
Locations
Ocean • New York CityRussia
Songs
Make Mine MusicThe Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey (The Pride of Them All)Two SilhouettesJohnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet
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