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Thread #2278   Message #9044
Posted By: Bob Landry
19-Jul-97 - 12:01 AM
Thread Name: Depressing Christmas Songs
Subject: RE: Depressing Christmas
PattyG If I remember correctly, Stan Rogers was returning from a folk festival in Texas on an Air Canada flight to Toronto when some idiot decided to have a smoke in the washroom. He/she started a fire in mid-flight, the cabin filled with smoke and although the pilot made a successful emergency landing at the Cincinnatti airport, several people, including Stan Rogers, were asphyxiated to death. I saw Stan's energy during a performance at the Rebecca Cohn auditorium in Halifax and prefer to think of his song, "The Mary Ellen Carter", as representative of his respect for life.

"And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!"

Tim - I didn't mean to offend your rights to self-expression but my first post was a knee jerk reaction from my internal biases to the proposed title, not the concept. Keep up the good work with Newfie tunes - my collection keeps growing.