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Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm

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GALVESTON FLOOD
MIGHTY DAY
WASN'T THAT A MIGHTY STORM


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longhair 18 Apr 99 - 08:52 PM
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Subject: lyrics to 'wasn't that a mighty storm'
From: longhair
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 08:52 PM

need lyrics to "wasn't that a mighty storm" as done on Nancy Griffith's other voice's too! it's almost like "Galveston Flood" & "Mighty Day". any help would be appreciated. longhair


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Subject: Lyr Add: WASN'T THAT A MIGHTY STORM
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 01:42 AM

WASN'T THAT A MIGHTY STORM
traditional (as arranged by Tom Rush & Eric Von Schmidt)

CHORUS
Wasn't that a mighty storm
Wasn't that a mighty storm in the morning, well
Wasn't that a mighty storm
That blew all the people all away.

You know, the year of 1900, children,
Many years ago
Death came howling on the ocean
Death calls, you got to go
Now Galveston had a seawall
To keep the water down,
And a high tide from the ocean
Spread the water all over the town.
CHORUS

You know the trumpets give them warning
You'd better leave this place
Now, no one thought of leaving
'til death stared them in the face
And the trains they all were loaded
The people were all leaving town
The trestle gave way to the water
And the trains they went on down.
CHORUS

Rain it was a-falling
thunder began to roll
Lightning flashed like hellfire
The wind began to blow
Death, the cruel master
When the wind began to blow
Rode in on a team of horses
I cried, "Death, won't you let me go"
CHORUS

Hey, now trees fell on the island
And the houses give away
Some they strained and drowned
Some died in most every way
And the sea began to rolling
And the ships they could not stand
And I heard a captain crying
"God save a drowning man."
CHORUS

Death, your hands are clammy
You got them on my knee
You come and took my mother
Won't you come back after me
And the flood it took my neighbor
Took my brother, too
I thought I heard my father calling
And I watched my mother go.
CHORUS

You know, the year of 1900, children,
Many years ago
Death came howling on the ocean
Death calls, you got to go
CHORUS (twice)
This is a great song, longhair. Thanks for reminding me about it. Links to the other two songs are below.
-Joe Offer-
MIGHTY DAY


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Subject: RE: lyrics to 'wasn't that a mighty storm'
From: longhair
Date: 19 Apr 99 - 02:47 PM

Joe, thanks alot. sometimes i can't quite pull out some of the lyrics in songs. i guess too much loud music, loud cars, loud motorcycles, and working const. in loud paper mills. thanks again!!...........longhair


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 10:19 AM

I'm listening to the original version of the song, by Sin-Killer Griffin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XHOi-hG3Y0 . He is not singing "In the morning" during the chorus. Can anyone make out what the lyric is?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: leeneia
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 11:39 AM

Thanks for the link. It sounds like "with water." Or maybe " O water"

I can't understand all of it, but Griffin's version sounds more realistic than the version above. By that I mean that it sounds like it was written by someone who was there and observed things.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: GUEST,Cornfield
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 05:17 PM

Wikipedia: The song was first recorded in 1934 by a preacher named "Sin-Killer" Griffin for the Library of Congress, in a session conducted by folk song collector John A. Lomax at Darrington State Farm (now the Darrington Unit), a prison near Sandy Point, Texas. The prison inmates served as Griffin's congregation, and Griffin claimed authorship of the song.[1] Since this is the first known appearance of the song, it is not clear whether the song dates to the very famous 1900 Galveston hurricane, which (as of 2014) remains the deadliest natural disaster in United States history, responsible for an estimated 6,000 to 12,000 fatalities. Although as popularized in the 1960s, the song itself references the year 1900 and the lyrics state "Now Galveston had no seawall"—which was built after the flood—some listeners have heard this line as "Now Galveston had a seawall"[2] which in 1900 it did not, the main reason for the extensive death toll. This may be a clue that the song lyrics were written or at least standardized after the 1915 Galveston hurricane by which time a seawall had been built.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 14 Sep 18 - 05:51 PM

Revolvy; Galveston September 1900; storm surge inundated the entire island with 8 to 12 feet of water.

BBC News September 2018; Parts of North Carolina have seen storm surges as high as 10ft. The state's transportation secretary, James Trogdon, said it may see flooding that normally only occurs once every 1,000 years.

Loss of life today has been reduced by meteorological warnings and mass evacuation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: Pamela R
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 12:16 AM

I hear "storm with water" in the Lomax field recording of Sin Killer Griffin. This is one of my personal favorite American folk songs which I've performed and recorded often, for example:
(studio recording with archival images)
(live performance at folk festival)

The lyrics that I sing are:

It was the year of 1900,
Many long years ago
Death came howlin’ on the ocean.
When Death calls you got to go.

Now Galveston had no sea wall,
To keep the water down
And a high tide from the ocean
Spread water all over the town

Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the water?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
It blew all the people away.

Now the trumpets gave them warning:
You better leave this place
But no one thought of leaving there
Until Death stared them in the face

And then the trains they all were loaded
With people all leaving town
When the trestle gave way to the water,
And all those people drowned.

Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the water?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
It blew all the people away.

And then the rain began a-falling,
And the wind began to blow
Lightning flashed like hell fire,
And the thunder began to roll

Death that cruel master,
When the wind began to blow
Rode in on a team of horses and I cried
“Death won’t you let me go!”

Now, wasn’t that a mighty storm?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the water?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
It blew all the people away.

The trees fell on the island,
The houses they gave way
Some they strained and drownded,
Some died most every way.

And then the sea began to boiling,
The ships they could not stand
I thought I heard a captain crying
“God save a drowning man!”

Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the water?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
It blew all the people away.

You know the storm it took my neighbor,
It took my brother too
I thought I heard my father calling me,
I watched my mother go

Death your hands are clammy,
You’ve got them on my knee
You came and took my mother,
Why don’t you come back after me?

Oh, wasn’t that a mighty storm?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the water?
Wasn’t that a mighty storm?
It blew all the people away.

It was the year of 1900,
Many long years ago
Death came howlin’ on the ocean.
When Death calls you got to go.


I'll note that I had originally learned, and used to sing, "Galveston had a seawall to keep the water down, but a high tide..." until a Galveston native came up to me after a performance to tell me that their grandfather had been a survivor of that storm, and that in 1900 there was NO seawall; the seawall was built after that, which somewhat mitigated the damage of the similarly severe storm that hit Galveston in 1915. That information checked out; so on that basis, I changed my lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: Deckman
Date: 15 Sep 18 - 05:46 AM

I've always enjoyed Bob Gibson's version from the sixties. bob(deckman)nelson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
From: GUEST,Cornfield
Date: 17 Sep 18 - 02:50 PM

Thanks Pamela.


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