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The Martins and the Coys


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Written by Ted Weems and Alan Cameron
Date 1936
Source Ted Weems and His Orchestra single
Publisher Bourne Co.

The two titular families sing a ballad about "The Martins and the Coys" as the opening number in episode 521 of The Muppet Show.

A hillbilly then shoots at the families from Statler and Waldorf's Box. Waldorf asks if he was a Martin or a Coy. The hillbilly responds he was neither one, for he was a music lover.

This classic song about feuding families was the basis for an Alan Lomax ballad opera (of the same title) in 1944. It was also adapted by Disney for a segment in their 1946 film Make Mine Music, although it has been edited from recent commercial releases.

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