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Posted By: GUEST
07-Dec-05 - 12:16 AM
Thread Name: happy? – Dec 6 (Halifax Explosion)
Subject: RE: happy? – Dec 6 (Halifax Explosion)
REMEMBER ME
(Dan McKinnon)

I remember it well 'twas the calmest of days
I remember the sky looked so blue
Mommy and Carmen were practising hymns
And the light from the window shone through
With a flash the earth trembled the flooring gave way
The ceiling and walls tumbled down
The only thing saved from our old house but me
Was this wonderful cup they found
It said....

Chorus:
Remember me, Remember me
Inscribed on its side were two words to abide by
Remember me

We had just enough time to make school by nine
You could feel tension spark in the air
Alarms shrieked and howled , we followed the sound
As the new fire engine roared by
With Gordon running second and Alan in third
The world came apart at the seams
I awoke on the ground, found Gordon.
We looked round
Three days later Alan's body was found

Chorus:
Remember me, Remember me
Inscribed on its side were two words to abide by
Remember me

In the city's north end with the pealing of bells
We remember that most tragic day
The whole world responded with heartfelt kindness
A debt we can never repay
Still stories are told of bravery and sacrifice
A work of God? Who's to say
But the one thing that helps keep the lost ones so dear
Was that wonderful cup found that day
It says...

Chorus:
Remember me, Remember me
Inscribed on its side were two words to abide by
Remember me

Remember me, Remember me
Inscribed on its side were two words to abide by
Remember me
Remember me

From the recording: "Between Wind & Water" by Dan McKinnon, 1997, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

The cup in the song and an extensive exhibit dealing with the explosion can be seen at the Maritime Museum on the Halifax waterfront.