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Is This the Way to Armadillo is a spoof video of the song "Is This the Way to Amarillo" produced by the Royal Dragoon Guards stationed in Iraq. The video was emailed so frequently on 13 May 2005 it crashed a server at the Ministry of Defence.
The "Peter Kay" character is credited as "Lucky Pierre", an obscure sexual reference.
The video became so popular that servicemen from other countries from around the world created their own versions:
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"(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It is about a man traveling to Amarillo, Texas, to find his girlfriend Marie. The song was originally to be titled "Is This the Way to Pensacola" referring to Pensacola, Florida, but Sedaka felt that Amarillo worked better than Pensacola.
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