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Rank this week: 34 (↑7)
Duration: 4:22 
Release Date: 1984  (sav-man) 
Lyrics By: C.W. Kalb, Jr., Carlene Kalb & Ray Stevens (sav-man) 
Music By: C.W. Kalb, Jr., Carlene Kalb & Ray Stevens (sav-man) 
Produced By: Ray Stevens (sav-man) 
Released By: MCA Records (sav-man) 
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  • From Ray's 1984 album HE THINKS HE'S RAY STEVENS. (sav-man)
  • Song Lyrics:
    (Kalb Jr. / Ray Stevens)

    Ray Stevens

    Way back in history along the Nordic coast
    that was the sound all the people feared the most
    It would echo thru the night up and down the foggy fj-ord
    It was Erik and the bloodthirsty Horde!

    Chorus: Erik the Awful, the Brutal and Tenacious
    Erik the Awful, the Ruthless and Courageous
    Subtle as a chainsaw, lacking all the Social Graces
    You can run, but you cannot hide!

    YES! And as the oars of the sleek, fierce Viking ship cut thru the water like
    knives thru the fog-shrouded Nordic sea, transporting the wild, marauding
    band of Viking heathens stealthily towards their unsuspecting, slumbering
    victims, there he stood, on the foredeck, Erik the Awful, the wildest,
    bloodthirstiest Viking of them all!

    (his Momma named him Erik 'cause she couldn't spell AHHGGGRRRFFFFLLLLQQHH!)

    He had a hairy head, a hairy face, hairy chest, hairy legs, hairy boots and a
    hairy hat, shaped like a big bullet with horns comin' out the sides.....and
    once he started after ya he'd NEVER stop!
    He'd turn to his oarsmen in his 37 oared fj-ord and he'd say: "MORDEN BORDEN
    FJORDEN GORDEN!" which was Viking for:


    Chorus: And it was Erik the Awful, the Brutal and Tenacious
    Erik the Awful, mercy sakes! and goodness gracious!
    His appetite for slaughter was simply voracious
    You gotta sleep with your sneakers by your side!

    YES! And when the villagers heard that awful battle-cry:


    That's the one! They would run for their lives, fleeing over hills and
    thru valleys to the river, whereupon they would walk mid-stream for 37 and 1/2
    miles, climbing out on the low-lying branch, shinnying down a young sapling
    onto rocky ground and leaping from stone to stone until they arrived one week
    later at a secret cave 97 miles away, and as they sat down for the first time
    to catch their breath, outside they heard:


    Chorus: Yes, it was Erik the Awful, the Brutal and Tenacious
    Erik the Awful, turned up in the darndest places
    Subtle as a chainsaw, lacking all the Social Graces
    You can run, but you cannot hide!

    OH! And this time they cut south to Paris, bought tickets on the Orient
    Express to Istanbul, hired a U-Haul to the Coast, jumped a Greek freighter
    across the Mediterranian Sea to MON-golia, hooked up with a camel caravan into
    the heart of the Gobi Desert, and as they paused at an oasis, to lift one
    handful of cool water to their parched lips, over their shoulder they heard:


    They fled to Calcutta!

    They fled to the Himalayas!



    Toledo and Heyhailea, Georgia.....

    But it was no use! They finally succumbed to a savage plundering and
    pillaging followed by a big hickey party on the outskirts of what is now
    Washington, DC, where the decendants of Erik can still be found today,
    working as Special Agents for the IRS!

    Erik later amassed a small fortune posing for Molly Hatchet album covers,
    and did stuntwork for Arnold Schwartzenegger in Conan the Barbarian! He also
    won an Academy Award for his dual role as a train wreck and his tender
    portrayal of King Kong's daddy! Oh, you might remember the end of that one:
    there wasn't a dry eye in the house when he married the Empire State Building.
    And who could forget the evening he ate the entire Kingdom of the East?
    With no sugar?

    Chorus: Erik the Awful, the Brutal and Tenacious
    Erik the Awful, the Hungry and Voracious
    Subtle as a chainsaw, lacking all the Social Graces
    You can run but you cannot hide!


    Current Rating 6.8 (1 vote)
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