Johnny Bond

Here Come the Elephants

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Here Come the Elephants is a partially successful attempt to repeat the formula of Johnny Bond's big 1965 hit "10 Little Bottles." The title track is a humorous recitation about drinking along the same lines as "10 Little Bottles," and the drinking theme recurs throughout the album. "Ballad of the Swinging Church" is a novelty about a guileless church congregation that inadvertently takes up moonshining, and Red Sovine plays Dave Dudley to Bond's Tom T. Hall on a cover of the recent hit "Day Drinkin'." It sounds as though Sovine contributed to the recitation "Giddyup Hobo," too, but he is not credited. Aside from a few original songs, Bond covers a pair of Western swing classics: Hank Thompson's "Squaws Along the Yukon," and Bob Wills' "Time Changes Everything." Here Come the Elephants gave Bond his final chart hit; the album was his last and he retired from recording soon afterward to concentrate on writing.

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