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Thread #457   Message #3884908
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Oct-17 - 07:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Baltimore Fire..a 'new' old verse....
Subject: ADD Version: Baltimore Fire (Charlie Poole)
BALTIMORE FIRE (Charlie Poole Version)

It was going to a falls by a narrow
That I heard a cry I ever shall remember,
The fire sent and cast its burning embers
On another faded city of our land.

Fire, Fire, I heard the cry
From every breeze that passes by,
All the world was one sad cry of pity
Strong men in anguish prayed,
Calling loud to heaven for aid,
While the fire in ruins was laying
Fair Baltimore, the beautiful city

Amid an awful struggle of commotion,
The wind blew a gale from the ocean,
Brave firemen struggled with devotion,
But their efforts all proved in vain.

Source: Rambling Blues: The Life and Songs of Charlie Poole, by Kinney Rorrer©1982, by Kinney Rorrer of Danville, Virginia

Notes from the book:

So, can somebody find Gulick's "Boston Fire"?

Charlie Poole recording: