Lyrics by Vera Matson
Music by Lionel Newman

Daniel Boone was a man,
Yes, a big man!
With an eye like an eagle
And as tall as a mountain was he!
Daniel Boone was a man,
Yes, a big man!
He was brave, he was fearless
And as tough as a mighty oak tree!

From the coonskin cap on the top of ol'Dan
To the heel of his rawhide shoe
The rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man
The frontier ever knew!

Daniel Boone was a man,
Yes, a big man!
And he fought for America
To make all Americans free!

What a Boone, what a doer,
What a dream com'er tru'er was he!

... and now the french candian version ...

Daniel Boone, Daniel Boone                 
Fantastique est le récit                      Fantastic is the telling
D'la légende et d'l'histoire de Daniel Boone  Of the legend and story of Daniel Boone

Le couteau à la main,                         Knife in hand
Il fait son chemin                            He makes his way
En explorant l'Amérique                       Exploring America
Il n'a peur de rien                           He fears nothing
Car il connaît bien                           For he knows well
Les ruses des Indiens                         The indian's tricks

Daniel Boone, c'est son nom                   Daniel Boone he is called
On le chante                                  We sing of him
Et l'histoire est remplie des exploits        History is filled with the feats
De ce coureur des bois                        Of  that ranger
Jamais plus on ne vivra l'épopée              Never will we see again the era
D'un bonhomme comme lui                       Of a fellow like him

Daniel Boone (17341820), legendary American frontiersman

Daniel Boone was born to a family of English Quakers in Oley (now Exeter) township, near Reading, PA on November 2, 1734. The Boones later moved to South Carolina, in 1752. In the French and Indian War, Daniel served with the British-led colonial forces, taking part as a wagoner in Colonel Braddock’s failed expedition against Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) in 1755, and later fighting in General John Forbes’s successful attack on the fort in 1758.

After the war Boone became interested in settling on the frontier. At first he set his eyes on Florida, but his wife, the former Rebecca Bryan, whom he had married in 1756, refused to go there. He then turned to the Kentucky region, which he explored on several treks from 1769-1771. In 1773 he undertook to organize and lead an expedition of several families into Kentucky, but a vicious attack by the Cherokee that cost the life of his son James forced Boone and the survivors to turn back.

Kentucky Adventures

In march of 1775 Boone returned to Kentucky, this time at the head of an advance party on behalf of land speculator Richard Henderson and the Transylvania Company. Along with his armed band of 30 men Boone blazed the famous Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and founded the settlement of Boonesboro on the banks of the Kentucky River. Henderson arrived in a few weeks with additional settlers, and later that year Boone guided in a second party that included his family. When Kentucky was made a county of Virginia in 1776, Boone was elected a captain of the Kentucky militia.

During the American Revolution, while on an expedition to find salt in the Blue Licks on the Licking River in February 1778, Boone and his party were captured by British-allied Shawnee. Well known and respected by his Indian captors, Boone was made a member of the tribe and was adopted as a son by the Shawnee chief, Blackfish, but remained a prisoner. Boone soon learned that the Shawnee were planning to attack the Boonesboro settlement. In order to learn the attack plans, Boone deceived the Shawnee into thinking that he would get the settlers to surrender peacefully, but instead escaped after four months of captivity and warned to settlers of the impending attack, which then failed.

After the attack a few of Boone's old enemies accused him of treason for allegedly aiding the enemy, but Boone was popular with most settlers and was not only acquitted, but also elected major. But Boone soon grew restless and ever susceptable to the call of the wilderness, he headed out again, founding a new settlement at Boone’s Station, near what is now Athens, KY in 1779.

Later Years

After the Revolution Boone worked as a land surveyor along the Ohio River and later served several terms in the Virginia Legislature. Prosperity eluded him, as, despite his services to the state, many of his best land claims were ruled imperfect and stripped from him in ejectment suits. Disgusted, Boone and his wife left in 1799 for Missouri, where the Spanish government granted him a large tract in the Femme Osage Valley and made him district magistrate. When the United States took over the territory upon the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Boone's land titles were again found to be defective, but this time, after years of legal battles, his status as a frontier hero secured a restoration of part of his holdings thanks to a direct intercession by Congress in 1814.

Daniel Boone’s adventures in Kentucky had become well-known with the publication of an alleged autobiographical account in the widely read Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke (1784), by John Filson, and Lord Byron’s verses on him in Don Juan (1823) later earned him international renown. Although historical scholarship has disproven many of the legends about Boone's life, he remains a mythic figure of towering proportions in the American imagination, a powerful symbol of the frontier ideals of courage, determination, and rugged individualism.

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