Ballad of Phillip Champagne

by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

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Based on the book "Man Overboard - the counterfeit resurrection of Phil Champagne" by Burl Barer - an Edgar Award winning author, radio and TV personality and all-around fun guy. The story of Phil Champagne - who just wanted a little adventure in his life - is one of those "truth stranger than fiction" tales you won't want to miss. Burl "commissioned" this theme song and has given it his seal of approval. Enjoy the song and the book! Buy Both! You can get the book here: wildbluepress.com/man-overboard-burl-barer-true-crime/

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The Ballad of Phillip Champagne
– Words & Music by Darrell Elmer Rodgers

Let's raise a toast to Phillip Champagne
The man who chose not to just sit and complain
He sought adventure, a life of romance
as soon as he had the chance
the moment that he had the chance

It was "Man Overboard!" after drinking that night
The boat came about and turned on the search light
13 long hours with nothing in sight,
The Coast Guard lost hope and then gave up the fight

He awoke four days later in a fisherman's bed
Learned he had drowned from the paper he read
In those brutal waters no man could survive
But Philip Champaigne was alive

Now what would you do if it happened to you?
Go back to your old life or just start anew?
What if your life was a miserable dread?
Some guys are better off dead
yeah some guys are better off dead

Let's raise a toast to Phillip Champagne
The man who chose not to just sit and complain
He sought adventure, a life of romance
as soon as he had the chance
the moment that he had the chance

Perhaps what disturbs us is Phil was no brain
made many bad choices - he can't explain
But he showed us it takes only will power then
to change who you are and start over again

The Feds can't believe it was all happenstance
leading Phil through a dangerous criminal dance
They thought for sure he was some mastermind
But arts and crafts are all they could find

Now what would you do if it happened to you?
Go back to your old life or just start anew?
Now some know a lot, but none can explain
The counterfeit decade of Phillip Chanpagne
The counterfeit decade of Phillip Chanpagne

Let's raise a toast to Phillip Champagne
The man who chose not to just sit and complain
He sought adventure, a life of romance
as soon as he had the chance
And that gives us all a chance!
And that gives us all a chance!

Copyright 2014 Darrell Elmer Rodgers

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released September 5, 2014
All content by Darrell Elmer Rodgers at the darrellsongs Studio

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Darrell Elmer Rodgers Las Cruces, New Mexico

Darrell Elmer Rodgers is a veteran singer-songwriter. He has been called the Bard of the Baby-Boomers for songs that celebrate his generation's life and times.

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