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Lyr Req: Strontium 90

oldhippie 13 Dec 06 - 08:28 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 13 Dec 06 - 09:59 PM
Charley Noble 13 Dec 06 - 10:41 PM
GUEST,fogie 14 Dec 06 - 06:04 AM
NH Dave 14 Dec 06 - 06:28 AM
Charley Noble 14 Dec 06 - 10:13 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 15 Dec 06 - 12:51 AM
oldhippie 15 Dec 06 - 07:42 AM
Charley Noble 15 Dec 06 - 10:26 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 15 Dec 06 - 10:31 AM
Charley Noble 16 Dec 06 - 10:01 AM
oldhippie 16 Dec 06 - 10:25 AM
Charley Noble 16 Dec 06 - 01:37 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 17 Dec 06 - 04:54 PM
Charley Noble 17 Dec 06 - 08:12 PM
oldhippie 17 Dec 06 - 09:26 PM
GUEST,Judy Drake 24 Jun 13 - 07:27 PM
MGM·Lion 24 Jun 13 - 11:36 PM
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EBarnacle 24 Sep 13 - 07:55 AM
GUEST,Green 24 Aug 15 - 08:59 PM
GUEST,dkelley 17 Nov 15 - 11:14 PM
EBarnacle 18 Nov 15 - 04:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: oldhippie
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 08:28 PM

Does anyone have complete lyrics to this?

"What will we get from radiation?
No neck, two necks, or maybe three.
Each one will have his own mutation,
Nobody else will look like me."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 09:59 PM

I found mention of that part of the song in this web-site which quotes a 1962 issue of Time Magazine Unfortunately it doesn't give any more of it that you listed or even a songwriter or singer. Might check the libraries to see if any more information is in the actual issue.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 10:41 PM

1962! That makes the song almost as old as "Talkin' Atom Blues."

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: GUEST,fogie
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 06:04 AM

Its not the song you want ,but you might like to check out Les Barkers parody "Everything glows"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: NH Dave
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 06:28 AM

I think the song is called Strontium Ninety, ca late 50's, attributed to Inman and Ira, and there my personal thread runs out. (It is called CRS, for those who can't afford Alzheimer's) I can remember singing it while in college, where it was a pointed reminder that Strontium 90 was one of the many radioactive byproducts of nuclear bombs, especially dangerous as it would happily substitute for/replace the Calcium in your bones, to the danger of both you and your bones.

I'm sure it appeared in Sing Out, and might have made it into one of their many reprints, perhaps even Rise up Singing.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 10:13 AM

Here's what the link to Sing Outs! songfinder comes up with:

"Ann and Marry Cleary's STRONTIUM 90, our intrepid Editor, Mark Moss, blasted back with the following: "There were two recordings of the song that I know of ... both from the early 1960s: Inman and Ira, Singing Spokesmen from the New Generation, Mercury #20778, LP (196?), cut#A.06; and Johnson Boys, Singin' and Pickin', Bethlehem #4013, LP (1963), cut#A.01 (Strontium Ninety)."

Unfortunately no lyrics but I think they are in the Sierra Club Environmental Songbook that is buried somewhere in my livingroom; I might be able to access that book after the spring thaw!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 12:51 AM

That would be awesome, Charley!


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Subject: Lyr Add: EARTH CHILD (Malvina Reynolds)
From: oldhippie
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:42 AM

I found this related song, while searching for lyrics.

Earth Child

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1977 Schroder Music Company, renewed 2005.


Of all the children in the world,
Itself the world is my special care,
It's being raped by an engineer,
And a billionaire,
And I'm standing there.

Strontium ninety in the rivers,
PCB on the land
And the children of the people
Cannot stand.

Strontium ninety in the rivers
And the fish all die,
And the birds that eat them
Cannot fly.

Strontium ninety in the rivers,
A film of crude on the sea,
And the little kids of Tokyo
Have car exhaust to breathe.

I would like to sing a bright song,
A song to make you smile,
But the earth is dying,
Earth, my child.

Of all the children in the world,
Itself the world is my special care,
It's being raped by an engineer,
And a billionaire,
And I'm standing there.

fc


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: STRONTIUM 90
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 10:26 AM

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).

STRONTIUM 90
(By Ann and Marty (Marti) Cleary, © 1959)

G-----------------D7
Last night I went to a party,
-------------------------G
Danced so I just about passed out;
-----------------------C
But just when the party was gayest
A7-------------------D
Some crazy guy began to shout:

Chorus:

C-----------------G--------------D7
Strontium, Strontium, Strontium Ninety fall-out
----------G
Will get you even underground;
---------C------------------G
Now if you want some Strontium, Strontium Ninety,
------D7-----------------G
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!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 10:31 AM

Thanks, Charlie!!! Another old thread recovered and answered! Soon we'll have all of the first 500 finished, I hope. Think there is still about 30 or 40 not answered. Some are answered in later threads and I didn't link to them yet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 10:01 AM

George-

Was this an old thread request? I was thinking that old hippie was making a new one.

Anyway, I'm happy to help.

I wonder if old hippie would be interested in our old ditty "The Roaches Will Inherit The Earth." It's another anti-nuke song which I collaborated on in Michigan in the 1970's and which I'm sure I've posted a few times on this website.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: oldhippie
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 10:25 AM

Always looking for new material, Charley.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROACHES INHERIT THE EARTH
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 01:37 PM

Old hippie-

Happy to comply (copy and paste into WORD/TIMES/12 to line up chords):

Annabel Dwyer & Friends, © 1979
East Lansing, Michigan
Tune: "The Eggplant that Ate Cincinnati"

The Roaches Inherit the Earth


Em
I must offer to you a confession,
---Am-------------------------Em
It's one that I've known from my birth,
-----------Am                     
Given nuc-lear power,
--Em               
In that final hour
----Bm
The roaches inherit the earth!

Chorus:

Bm----Em------Bm
Dah-di dum-dum, dum-dum,
Bm----Em------Bm
Dah-di dum-dum, dum-dum!


You may call it my ghoulish obsession,
It's a subject which gives me much mirth,
Experts are all thumbs,
When the meltdown comes,
And the roaches inherit the earth...

I've heard from the NRC stooges,
And nuclear dupes by the score,
Their plans were respected,
Were seldom rejected,
And nuke plants grew more and more...

We'll soon have a Garden of Eden,
We'll live off the fat of the land,
Strontium 90 is dandy,
Plutonium's candy,
And for roaches won't it be grand...

Experts are all thumbs,
When the meltdown comes,
And the roaches inherit the earth!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 04:54 PM

Yes This is an ancient request. This particular thread is relatively new, but there is an OLDER request for the same song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 08:12 PM

Well, this kind of song does have a long half-life.

I've probably got two dozen or so anti-nuke songs squirreled away from Michigan; Seabrook, NH; and our battle with Maine Yankee in the state I've retruned to.

One of my favorites has to be Charlie King's "Acres of Clams," dedicated to the Clamshell Alliance.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Radiation song
From: oldhippie
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 09:26 PM

Yeah, you're right Charlie.
I always liked "19 miles from Shoreham town" by Kirk Kelly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST,Judy Drake
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 07:27 PM

The song I remember went "Strontium, strontium, strontium ninety. Fallout will get you even underground. So if you want some strontium ninety, there's plenty enough to go around."
Anyone else remember this one? Or who recorded it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 11:36 PM

The one I remember our singing on the first Aldermaston March, the one from London to Aldermaston in 1958 (after that they went the other way so they could end in Trafalgar Square for the rally) began

Strontium 90, Strontium 90
Falling all around
Strontium 90, Strontium 90
Poisoning the ground

I remember we also had a sticker we would stick on the milk dispensing machines that all grocers' shops had outside at the time, which read "Milk + Strontium 90 = Cancer", with the CND logo {aka the Peace Sign Stateside ~~ but let's not get into that again!}.

~M~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 13 - 10:36 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: EBarnacle
Date: 24 Sep 13 - 07:55 AM

There is another Strontium 90 song which contains the line: "Every time it rains, it rains . . . Strontium 90." Is there any recall of this one?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST,Green
Date: 24 Aug 15 - 08:59 PM

Chorus: as well as i can remember
Strontium strontium strontium ninety
The fallout will get you even underground
So if you want some strontium strontium ninety
There's more than enough to o around


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST,dkelley
Date: 17 Nov 15 - 11:14 PM

the only source I know of for "Strontium 90" was a paperback sic-fi anthology published around 1960, with another gem "radiation blues". My copy long since lost, along with the volume title. I never heard anyone sing either gem.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: EBarnacle
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 04:23 PM

A little more on the bit I mentioned above:

Every time it rains, it rains--Strontium 90;
Don't you know each cloud contains--Strontium 90.
So when you hear it thunder, don't get under a tree,
There'll be Strontium 90 for you and me.

Obviously a parody of Pennies from Heaven but it would be nice to know the rest of it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: EBarnacle
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 04:28 PM

dkelley, you may be referring to one of Judith Merrill's "Year's Best SF anthologies. Unfortunately, the paper and glue were so cheap that most of them have decomposed by now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST,#
Date: 18 Nov 15 - 04:34 PM

http://www.folkways.si.edu/bann-the-bomb-recording/strontium-90/historical-song/music/track/smithsonian

Don'tthink it's the one you mention, EB, but there's a sound sample there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strontium 90
From: GUEST,Dale from Farmingdale
Date: 07 Feb 18 - 04:18 PM

I totally remember the lyrics from summer sleepaway camp (don't ask me why, I still remember lyrics from MAD Magazine song parodies too). FYI I'm 62 now.

(CHORUS):
Strontium, Strontium, Strontium 90
Fallout will get you even if you're underground
So if you want some Strontium, Strontium 90
There's more than enough to go around

What will become of radiation?
No neck, two, or maybe three
Each one will have his own mutation
Nobody else will look like me

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


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