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Thread #97186   Message #1910252
Posted By: Charley Noble
15-Dec-06 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Strontium 90 & radiation songs
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: STRONTIUM 90
Well, I didn't find the song in the SIERRA CLUB SURVIVAL SONG BOOK and it's all your fault that my back got strained trying to reach that book on the bottom shelf of the bookcase blocked by boxes of mysteries that my wife has piled up.

However, I did find the song in REPRINTS FROM SING OUT! (1964-1973), p. 13. It was reprinted from SING OUT!, Volume 7 (1964).

(By Ann and Marty (Marti) Cleary, © 1959)

Last night I went to a party,
Danced so I just about passed out;
But just when the party was gayest
Some crazy guy began to shout:


Strontium, Strontium, Strontium Ninety fall-out
Will get you even underground;
Now if you want some Strontium, Strontium Ninety,
There's plenty enough to go around.

What will we get from radiation?
No necks, two necks or maybe three;
Each one will have his own mutation;
Nobody else will look like me! (CHO)

So drink to the course of evolution;
The next one may very well be you;
Clouding the air with pollution,
And we'll see you next year at the zoo! (CHO)

The note to the song says:

"The scientists tell us that Strontium 90, a highly poisonous element, is released in tremendous quanities by the exploding of atomic bombs. Here is the comment of two California sisters."

The tune seems inspired by "The Frozen Logger" or something similar, with the A7 added to jazz it up. The chord placement is not working well this morning. Need more coffee!

Charley Noble