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Thread #74881   Message #1311746
Posted By: Tansy
30-Oct-04 - 06:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Dam collapse tragedy songs
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dam collapse tragedy songs
Well, besides "Night of The Johnstown Flood" which is listed here iIthink as "The Jamestown Flood" and "Dan Peyton's Ride" which is about some guy who actually did ride ahead to warn residents of this selfsame Flood...most people like the Bruce springsteen song "Highway Patrolman" which is the story of two brothers...one who is a stand-up guy and the other a Ne'er-do-well and the chorus contains a melancholy line about the singer, the good brother remembering his brother Frankie and it reads:

Chorus:

Me and Frankie laughing & drinkin'
Nothin' feels better n' blood on blood
takin' turns dancing with Maria
as the band played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"

I catch him was he's strayin'
as any brother would
Man turns his back on his family
well, he just ain't no good.


It's not specifically about a flood, but the chorus keeps going back to the times when the two brothers were dancing together in happier times, taking turns dancing with the narrator's wife, Maria, and it's a song a lot of folks know because Johnny Cash covered it.

it's a gentle song, a slightly sad song and a song about nostalgia. Since it accesses a milieu whewre veryone knows the "Johnstown FLood" song... it could be an appropriate choice to include. It's a classic american contemporary folk tune and crowds tend to like it. It 'sounds" and "feels" old to them, even though it's only about 25 years old.

Give it a listen