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Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941

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Subject: Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 12:06 AM

My friend Riggy Rackin usually does very traditional music, accompanied by concertina. I really love his stuff, and today he send me a copy of his latest CD, Simple. He also does great photography. So, I was listening partly to his CD this afternoon, and I heard him singing "Have You Seen My Wife, Missus Jones?" I thought that was a pop song sung by the Beatles, but it turns out to be an early (1967) recording by the Bee Gees, New York Mining Disaster 1941. It's one of those songs I've heard a thousand times, but never really listened to. Bill DeMain has a Web Page that does a good job of telling the story of the song, which was inspired by the Aberfan mining disaster of 1966.
This isn't just another pop song. It demands your attention.
-Joe-


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Subject: ADD: New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Gibb)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Feb 20 - 12:19 AM

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/bee-gees/new-york-mining-disaster-1941-have-you-seen-my-wife-mr-jones says there was no mining disaster in New York in 1941, and this song most closely resembles the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster in Wales. Still, it's a powerful song. It was the first single released by the BeeGees, in 1967.

Here are the lyrics:


NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941
(Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb)

In the event of something happening to me
there is something I would like you all to see
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound
Maybe someone is digging underground
or have they given up and all gone home to bed
thinking those who once existed must be dead

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones

In the event of something happening to me
there is something I would like you all to see
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones

Wikipedia page (click)

Lyrics verified with this recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S43YhQ_eGTw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Sep 21 - 06:16 PM

Thread #7158   Message #42951
Posted By: Ritchie
23-Oct-98 - 12:23 PM
Thread Name: The Stuff of Which Songs Are Written
Subject: Lyr Add: NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941^^

Its funny how some times songs of 'disaster' can stick in your mind and you can be listening to them and enjoy them without actually noticing the words... In particular the Bee Gees had a 'hit' with 'New York Mining Disaster 1941' which has very simple words but sentiment, however my favourite,is David Bowie's(or should it be Bowies'?)'Space Oddity' which has moved from being a'pop'song into a 'modern folk song' Well it is now that we have all given up the plough and the only net we use is the one that you can't catch fish with !!!

New York Mining Disaster 1941
Bee Gees

In the event of something happening to me,
there is something I would like you all to see.
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound.
Maybe someone is digging underground,
or have they given up and all gone home to bed,
thinking those who once existed must be dead.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

In the event of something happening to me,
there is something I would like you all to see.
It's just a photograph of someone that I knew.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it's like on the outside?
Don't go talking too loud, you'll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones

ritchie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941
From: GerryM
Date: 14 Sep 21 - 03:11 AM

New York Mining Disaster 1941 put me off the BeeGees for a long time. First, there was no New York mining disaster in 1941. Second, I thought they were deliberately trying to sound like The Beatles. I felt the same way about Badfinger and their song, "Come and Get It". But I'm OK now.

Here is Ba'hari Ghibb, performed by the Spooky Men's Chorale.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 21 - 05:29 AM

Would this make it more acceptable ?

https://youtu.be/y7YKaMAU2bA


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: New York Mining Disaster 1941
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Sep 21 - 05:31 AM

https://youtu.be/S43YhQ_eGTw


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