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From the album Fancy Free,
Elvira was a
#1 hit for Oak Ridge Boys in 1981.
The narrator in this song is a captain of 50 soldiers sent by wicked King Ahaziah of Israel to apprehend the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings chapter 1. Unfortunately, this guy knows he is the third captain of 50 soldiers to be sent on such a mission. The first two captains (and their troops) were each incinerated when fire fell from Heaven. This guy knows what's good for him and begs for his life. I got the idea for this song during sometime in the mid-1990's during a particularly productive time.