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Gorgeous Gary Natural Disasters and Tragedies in Song (20) RE: Natural Disasters and Tragedies in Song 07 Sep 08


On the topic of earthquakes, there's "Richter Scale" by a former (now deceased) Caltech professor, J. Kent Clark. (Same guy responsible for "It's A Long Way to Amphioxious") There appears to be a music sample here . (I can do the whole song, for anyone Getaway-bound).

-- Gary

Richter Scale
by: J. Kent Clark

Charlie Richter made a scale for calibrating earthquakes
Gives a true and lucid reading ev'ry time the earth shakes
Increments are exponential; numbers O to 9
When the first shock hit the "seismo", everything worked fine

It measured one-two (1.2) on the Richter scale
A shabby little shiver
One-two on the Richter scale
A queasy little quiver
Waves brushed the seismograph
As if a fly had flicked her
One-two on the Richter scale;
It hardly woke up Richter

Nineteen-hundred thirty-three and Long Beach rocked and rumbled
Schoolhouse walls and crockery and oil derricks stumbled
Hollywood got hit but good; it even shook the stars
Shattered glass and spilled martinis on a hundred bars

It measured six-three on the Richter scale
It rattled tile and plaster
Six-three on the Richter scale
A rattling disaster
Waves bounced the seismograph
As if a cue had clicked her
Six-three on the Richter scale;
It almost rattled Richter

Came the turn of County Kern; the mountains lurched and trembled
Bakersfield, which jerked and reeled, was almost disassembled
Arvin town was battered down in rubble and debris
Spasms racked the women's prison at Tehachapi

It measured seven-eight on the Richter scale
It fractured rails and melons
Seven-eight on the Richter scale
It fractured female felons
Waves smacked the seismograph;
A casualty inflicter
Seven-eight on the Richter scale;
It almost fractured Richter

Came a cataclysmic quake at Anchorage, Alaska
"Seisims" ran from Ketchikan to Omaha, Nebraska
Polar bears were saying prayers; the tidal wave was grand
Planted boats in California way up on the sand

It measured eight-five on the Richter scale
It loosened kelp and corals
Eight-five on the Richter scale
It loosened faith and morals
Waves bashed the seismograph
As if a mule had kicked her
Eight-five on the Richter scale;
It failed to loosen Richter

Someday - pretty soon, we fear - our many faults will fail us
Slide and slip and rip and dip and all at once assail us
Seismic jolts, like lightning bolts, will flatten us that day
When the concrete settles down, geologists will say:

It measured eight-nine on the Richter scale
It rocked them in Samoa
Eight-nine on the Richter scale
It cracked like Krakatoa
Waves crunched the seismograph
Just like a boa constrictor
Eight-five on the Richter scale;
It really racked up...

One-two on the Richter scale
Three-four on the Richter scale
Five-six on the Richter scale
Seven-eight on the Richter scale
Eight-nine on the Richter scaaaaaaale...

It really racked up Richter!


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