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Thread #168299   Message #4066088
Posted By: cnd
27-Jul-20 - 09:36 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Johnstown Flood
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnstown Flood
As transcribed from your linked video:

(Richard E. Bennett)

In 1889 there came a mighty flood
When the South Fork River broke the dam high above
On the 31st of May, when the waters rushed the town
2200 souls were lost as the river held them down

The Johnstown Flood swept the people underground
The Johnstown Flood washed away the town

Patrick Downs had a daughter, a beauty with golden hair
As the water swept her from the bank, her hands were raised in prayer
Among the floating timber, the rubble and the dead
Rode a thundering horseman, a madman it is said


"There must be more" was all he said, there were many to be saved
Cries of anguish stung his ears as the horseman rode away
Day after day, the water, fire and mud
Beat the town to the ground of the river, day-du-duh

Now the few who were lucky and the ones on hard ground
With nothing said to face to dead in that flooded old town


Some 40 years later, some 40 years again
The waters of the river struck Johnstown again