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For Part 2 of the song, see Butcher Pete (Part 2).


Butcher Pete (Part 1) is a song that plays on Galaxy News Radio in Fallout 3, Diamond City Radio in Fallout 4 and Appalachia Radio in Fallout 76. The song was written and performed by Roy Brown.

Background[edit | edit source]

The song was recorded for the De Luxe record label in Dallas on September 20, 1949. Roy Brown's vocals were accompanied by Teddy Riley (trumpet), Johnny Fontenette (tenor saxophone), Edward Santineo (piano), Louis Sargent (guitar), Tommy Shelvin (bass), Frank Parker (drums), and Leroy Rankins (baritone saxophone).[1]

The ballad chronicles the exploits of "Butcher Pete," an exaggerated and lascivious character who makes sexual advances towards and romantically conquers every woman in town until he is eventually put in jail, whereupon he makes similar advances towards his cellmate.

Its lyrics also imply exaggerated sex and violence in stark contrast with the cheerful tone of the music, a dichotomy which is the hallmark of the Fallout series.

The tune is split between the two sides of the record due to timing constraints and technological limitations at the time of recording, hence the phrase "Say, turn this record over, you ain't heard nothing yet!" at the end. The second part continues the story of Butcher Pete, including his attempted trip to China and what might have been his end in the electric chair.

Part 1 was featured in the soundtrack of Fallout 3, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76. Part 2 is only included in the soundtrack of Fallout 4.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Hey everybody, did the news get around
About a guy named Butcher Pete
Oh, Pete just flew into this town
And he's choppin' up all the women's meat


He keeps hackin' and whackin' and smackin'
He keeps hackin' and whackin' and smackin'
He keeps hackin' and whackin' and smackin'
He just hacks, whacks, choppin' that meat

Butcher Pete's got a long sharp knife
He starts choppin' and don't know when to stop
All you fellas gotta watch your wives
‘Cause Pete don't care whose meat he chops


Ever since Pete flew into town
He's been havin' a ball
Just cuttin' and choppin' for miles around
Single women, married women, old maids and all


Wakes up in the morning, half past five
Chops from sunrise to sunset
I don't see how he stays alive
Meat's gonna be the death of ole Pete yet


The police put Pete in jail
Yes, he finally met his fate
But when they came to pay his bail
They found him choppin' on his cell mate


That Butcher Pete is a crazy man
Tries to chop down the wind and the rain
Just hacks on anything he can get
Say, turn this record over, you ain't heard nothing yet

Video[edit | edit source]

Butcher Pete pt 1 [1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ruppli, Michel (1985). The King Labels: A Discography - Vol. 1 & 2. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 521.
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