Friday, April 4, 2014

Mister Falcon - a song for John McLane

The Situation:

When the movie Die Hard 2 was shown on TBS, they censored the dirty words. Instead of bleeping them out or making them silent, they chose to replace the words with overdubbed phrases that might fool a lip-reader with cataracts, but that's about it. The movie is full of these edits, but the most egregious is this line, uttered by John McLane (Bruce Willis):

Yippie-Ki-Yay, Mister Falcon.

There is no Mister Falcon in the film. It certainly doesn't qualify as a well-known derogatory term. If we've made it this far into the film with our suspension of disbelief still intact, we might allow ourselves to believe that this is some sort of inside joke, a reference that McLane gets even if we don't.

The Solution:

In order to lift this from the ridiculously laughable to the marginally plausible, I wrote a song about the legend of Mister Falcon. I thought this character might have been one that McLane would have related to, and I can picture him as a young man listening to the song on his parents' turntable.

I recently made an album with a couple good friends. We called ourselves The Midweeklings. This song ended up being part of the project. Submitted for your consideration: Mister Falcon.