The opening song, “Old Turkey Buzzard”, is a recurring background theme. It was sung by José Feliciano and was composed by Quincy Jones with lyrics by Freddie Douglas.
“There’s an old story. The way the Apaches tell it… …a man was riding in the desert and came across a vulture… …the kind they call turkey buzzards in Arizona, sittin’ on a rock. “Hey”, the man says, “how come you old turkey buzzard’s sittin’ here? “I saw you flying over Hadleyberg, and I didn’t want to meet up with you… “…so I turned around and come this way”. Old turkey buzzard says: “That’s funny, I was only passing through that town. “I was really coming over here to wait for you”.
(Jose Feliciano sings)
Ol Turkey Buzzard, Ol Turkey Buzzard Flyin, Flyin high, He’s just waiting Buzzard just a-waiting Waiting for somethign down below to die Old Buzzard knows that he can wait Cause every mother’s son has got a date, A date with Fate.. With fate He sees men come, he sees men go, Crawling like ants on the rocks below The men who steal, the men who dream And die for gold onthe rocks below Gold, Gold, Gold, they just gotta have that gold Gold, Gold, Gold, they’ll do anything for gold.
A thousand years ago, in the southwest, there was an Apache legend. It told about a hidden canyon guarded by the Apache gods and rich with gold. As long as the Apaches kept the canyon a secret and never touched the gold, they would be strong…powerful.