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Songs About Storms

Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 04:12 AM
sian, west wales 29 Aug 06 - 04:18 AM
Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 04:25 AM
Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 04:28 AM
Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 04:32 AM
Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 04:36 AM
Ian 29 Aug 06 - 05:28 AM
BuckMulligan 29 Aug 06 - 05:32 AM
Bagpuss 29 Aug 06 - 05:40 AM
Charley Noble 29 Aug 06 - 08:59 AM
Sorcha 29 Aug 06 - 09:13 AM
sian, west wales 29 Aug 06 - 10:10 AM
Dave'sWife 29 Aug 06 - 10:11 AM
Azizi 29 Aug 06 - 10:24 AM
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Subject: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:12 AM

August 29, 2006 marks the first anniversary of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina.

It is therefore fitting that people are thinking about that storm and other storms.

What songs about storms do you know?

I will start in the next post.

Thanks in advance, for sharing.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:18 AM

Interesting, Azizi. The ones that came to mind first and foremost were all hymns and sacred songs, like, "Master the Tempest is Raging". There are a lot of Welsh hymns on the topic too. However, many of these are about storms at sea ("Since Jesus Came Into My Heart") rather than storms *from the* sea.

I suppose, "Keep on the Sunny Side of Life" would qualify ...

I'll be interested to see what people come up with.

sian


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:25 AM

I planned to post the words to a song. But first I want to share this
rememberance:

Many years ago, two sisters lived near me who were members of a COGIC {Church of God In Christ} congregation. The sisters had daughters who were the same age as my daughter, and they became good friends. Often these sisters, Karen & Shirley would teach their daughters & mine church songs. My daughter and her friends would sing those songs to me. One of the songs was "The Storm Is Passing Over".

I've never heard a choir sing this song. Nor have I heard a recording of this song. But years later, reading the Internet, I happened upon a mention of that song in this article:
Choir reaches out to victims of Katrina; The Seattle Times, 8/09/06 By Nicole Brodeur

"...Pastor Patrinell Wright was the last member of the Total Experience Gospel Choir at Birdie's Food and Fuel when she decided the folks behind the counter deserved a little something.

"Go get the core members," she told me. Back came a dozen members, who gathered amid the beer cases, candy racks and fried takeout.

"Encourage my soul and let us journey on, for the night is dark and we are far from home," the choir sang from "The Storm is Passing Over."

The buzz inside the minimart stopped. One of the women behind the counter wiped away tears. Another clasped her hands as if in prayer. It was just what they needed.

"That was real good, that was real nice," said owner Mike Nabut as the choir filed out Tuesday evening.

It was a fitting song for this leg of the choir's journey through some of the South's hardest-hit Gulf communities — battered just a year ago by Hurricane Katrina.

Pastor Patrinell Wright was the last member of the Total Experience Gospel Choir at Birdie's Food and Fuel when she decided the folks behind the counter deserved a little something.

"Go get the core members," she told me. Back came a dozen members, who gathered amid the beer cases, candy racks and fried takeout.

"Encourage my soul and let us journey on, for the night is dark and we are far from home," the choir sang from "The Storm is Passing Over."

The buzz inside the minimart stopped. One of the women behind the counter wiped away tears. Another clasped her hands as if in prayer. It was just what they needed."


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:28 AM

ENCOURAGE MY SOUL
[by DEVOTINAL SERVICE]

Encourage my soul and let us journey on -
For the night is dark and I am far from home
Thanks be to God the morning light appears,
The storm is passing over, the storm is passing over, the storm is passing over halleu

(Sop) Hal-le-
(all) Lu-jah, Ha-le-lu-jah, Ha-le-lu-jah

The storm is passing over, the storm is passing over, the storm is passing over halleu

-snip-

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/553698.html

[sorry, there's no sound clip on this site]


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:32 AM

Greetings, Sian!

I also thought about the song "Master The Tempest Is Raging".
I found the lyrics of that song under the name "Peace, Be Still".

PEACE, BE STILL
{James Cleveland]

[Lead]
Master, the tempest is raging
The billows are tossing high
The sky is o'ershadowed with blackness
No shelter or help is nigh
Carest thou not that we perish?
How canst thou lie asleep
When each moment so madly is threatning
A grave in the angry deep?

[Lead: Adlib]

(Chorus)
The winds and the waves shall obey thy will
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Peace, be still
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons, or men, or whatever it be
No water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and sky
They all shall sweetly obey thy will
Peace, peace, be still
(repeat)

http://www.lyricsandsongs.com/song/542161.html

There's a sound clip of this song on that site.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 04:36 AM

Also, see this Mudcat thread in which Joe Offer posted lyrics to the song "Till The Song Passes By". This was in response to a query from May 19, 1997 {in the first year of Mudcat Discussion Forum}.

Till the Storm Passes By (Over?) (Hymn)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Ian
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 05:28 AM

Three Score and ten

The Ramalese

New York Trader

It was Friday Morn


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: BuckMulligan
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 05:32 AM

Wasn't That a Mighty Storm
Run Come See Jerusalem ("It was 19 hundred and 29")
And The Waves Roll Out


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Bagpuss
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 05:40 AM

Ready for the Storm - Dougie MacLean


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 08:59 AM

Azizi-

As mntioned above:

Wasn't That a Might Storm (about the Galveston Flood)

The Great Storm is Over by Bob Franke (contemporary gospel)

Lee Fore Brace (sailors lost in Cape Horn gale)

Run Come See Jerusalem (West Indies Hurricane)

And then there's always the chorus:

We're off to see the Wild West show,
The elephant and the kangaroo-oo-oo,
Never mind the weather
As long as we're together,
We're off to see the Wild West Show!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 09:13 AM

Allelujia, The Great Storm is Over


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: sian, west wales
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:10 AM

Oh, yeh. All the Noah's Ark/Flood songs!

In Frisco Bay there were three ships ...
or
The Lord told Noah there's gonna be a floody-floody ...

Wouldn't be surprised if someone's already done a parody or two.

sian


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:11 AM

I would suggest:

Five feet High and Rising 1959 Johnny Cash

In addition, there is a great Louvin brothers song which features a talking section about Jesus and the apostles in the boat during the storm. I think it might be called Keep Your Eye on jesus.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:24 AM

As a reminder to myself and others:

I found the words to "The Great Storm Is Over" in the DigiTrad {by putting those words is the Search box. I haven't checked yet for the other songs that have been given, but I wouldn't be surprised if the lyrics to those songs are given too.

****

Here's a post from WYSIWYG with a version of the lyrics to the African American Spiritual Didn't It Rain . I figure this song can also be included in this thread, since the rain that occurred could be characterized as a storm.

http://www.akh.se/lyrics/didntitrain.htm
is a website that has sound clips of different choirs or vocalists singing "Didn't It Rain".

****

Most of the lyrics I have found for "Didn't It Rain" have this line:
"Didn't it rain children, talk about rain oh my Lord"

I remember as a child and teenager singing that line in my church this way: "Didn't it rain, children, rain all night long".

I don't think I was the only singing that line that way. I guess that was caused by the words being misheard and passed on that way.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:34 AM

You'll Never Walk Alone
How High's The Water MaMa?


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:37 AM

Lord I Don't Want to Die in the Storm

and

West Palm Beach Storm (in Morris, Alton C., Folksongs of Florida, 1950)
("In the storm, oh in the storm; Lord, somebody got drowned in the storm')


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:43 AM

Hurricane (Miami Hurricane of 1926)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:08 AM

For those in peril on the sea

The Edmund Fitzgerald

or for one of a more comedic twist

Marriot Edgars Three ha'pence a foot

DtG


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,Janie
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:47 AM

Little Sally Walker Down in New Orleans.

I posted the lyrics to this thread.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:11 PM

I remember a song ifrom the first Sing Out! with a sound sheet, sometime in the 60s, that began,
"I've been in the storm so long,
I've been in the storm so long,
Singing,'Oh Lord, Give me more time to pray,'
I've been ion the storm so long."
It may have been from some Georgia Sea Island singers; I'm not too sure.

Another one I'm not too sure about, but I think it was from the Carter Family is THE STORMS ARE ON THE OCEAN.

...not really about a storm, but the promise of one; Dave Van Ronk sang MR. Noah which ended:
       Well listen young feller, listen young feller,
       That's the bluff of your life 'cause you know darn well
       It's sprinkeling now, gonna rain like Hell,
       Doodley doo, doodley doo,
       Doodley doodely doodely doodely doodely doo.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:21 PM

Sinsull - I think 'How High Is the Water mama" is just an alternate title to Five feet High And Rising by Johnny Cash
here are the lyrics:


Five Feet Hogh & Rising
J.R. Cash 1959


How high's the water, mama?
Two feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
Two feet high and risin'

We can make it to the road in a homemade boat
That's the only thing we got left that'll float
It's already over all the wheat and the oats,
Two feet high and risin'

How high's the water, mama?
Three feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
Three feet high and risin'

Well, the hives are gone,
I've lost my bees
The chickens are sleepin'
In the willow trees
Cow's in water up past her knees,
Three feet high and risin'


How high's the water, mama?
Four feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
Four feet high and risin'

Hey, come look through the window pane,
The bus is comin', gonna take us to the train
Looks like we'll be blessed with a little more rain,
4 feet high and risin'

How high's the water, mama?
Five feet high and risin'
How high's the water, papa?
Five feet high and risin'

Well, the rails are washed out north of town
We gotta head for higher ground
We can't come back till the water comes down,
Five feet high and risin'

Well, it's five feet high and risin'


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Bert
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 12:55 PM

Then there's Grace Darling


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Rumncoke
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 01:22 PM

More about the boat Mary Ellen Carter than the storms but there is 'Rise Again'.

Anne


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 01:41 PM

I am not sure if they count in terms of what you are looking for but John Stewart's wonderful Mother Country has a verse about the Johnstown Flood and Paul Gross [Canadian Actor, Director, Singer - Due South] has a song about a shipwreck in a storm [32 down on the Robert McKenzie].

Eric


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: mg
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 01:44 PM

Waterbound and I can't get home.
Storms are on the ocean.


at sea...Cliffs of Baccaliu.
on the ice floes..Southern Cross.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 02:27 PM

Do dust storms count - Woddie Guthrie had a few of them
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 02:28 PM

I meant Woody of course - before our resident troll emerges from under his bridge!
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: lamarca
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 06:57 PM

There's two good contemporary songs about the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, Bill Staines' Louisiana Storm and Randy Newman's Louisiana, 1927, which immediately got picked up again by lots of artists after Katrina -

Louisiana, Louisiana,
They're tryin' to wash us away,
They're tryin' to wash us away...


I heard on NPR this morning that the New Orleans levees were deliberately breached in the 1927 flood to "save" the white part of the city, resulting in the flooding of most of St. Bernard Parish; this has led to rumours and conspiracy theories that the same thing happened this time...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 06:57 PM

I've noticed that a number of gospel songs equate troubled times with stormy weather. Maybe it's because some of these songs came from the Georgia Sea Isles and other places where people are likely to get hurricane type weather even if they didn't go out to sea.

I suppose it is 'natural' that since good times have been equated in literature & music to sun shiny days, difficult times would be equated with dark & stormy weather.

At any rate, here's another gospel song that includes this theme. This song has a slower tempo than the other ones I've listed:

HE'S SWEET I KNOW
He's sweet I know
He's sweet I know
Dark clouds may rise
Sea billows roll *
I'll tell the world **
Wherever I may go
That I have found a Savior
And He's sweet I know
(repeat)


excerpt of lyrics given on
Mahalia Jackson- He's Sweet I Know

I heard a recording of this song [not from Mahalia Jackson or Whitney Huston, but a male singer] in the 1980s or so. It has become one of my favorite songs to sing as it "restoreth my soul" and helps me through the tough times.


*I've substituted the words I remember hearing. The words given on that website are "And strong winds may blow"

* This also is my substitution of the words I recall hearing on that recording I used to have but can't find. That website gives that line as "But, I can the world". The person posting these lyrics may have left out the word 'tell' as the line "But I can tell the world" makes more sense. However, in my opinion, the line "But I can tell the world" doesn't flow as well as the version I remember.

This song is also listed on http://www.whitney-fan.com/music/lyrics/rare/ but with no lyrics or sound clip given.

Btw, when I refer to "songs that I sing", I mean "sing to myself".
I am definitely not a professional singer.

And Btw2, Guest Eric mentioned in his post that he wasn't sure if a particular song was what I'm looking for. Actually, I'm looking for what you got. That is to say, that I just like starting these category songs threads to see what comes up, and as a means of facilitating access to multiple songs that have the same or similar themes.

For those 'in to' astrology, you can attribute this to my Virgo ascendent and my Virgo Mars.

For those who think astrology is gooblygook or sinful, you can attribute this to anything else or nothing.

But, for me, one thing is sure-the process is much more interesting and meaningful than the final product.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 07:12 PM

Get her into shore - Larry Kaplan. White Squall - Stan Rogers. Adieu sweet lovely Nancy (trad) ("There's a heavy storm arising, see how it gathers round").

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 07:24 PM

Not that this matters much-since you don't have the tune to match it-
but I just noticed the line "is line "Wherever I may go" is not the one I remember from that recording. That line was "Where'er I go"

Which typifies the point that -in my opinion- contracted words [if that's a word] are more often found in Black gospel than in White versions of Black gospel. So the line would be "Where'er" instead of "Where ever". And "I'll tell" instead of "I will tell".

Our singing matches our talking.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: bobad
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 07:26 PM

High Water Everywhere (Part 1)
        
by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now,
drove me down the line
Backwater done rose at Sumner,
drove poor Charley down the line
Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
done crept through this town

Lord, the whole round country,
Lord, river has overflowed
Lord, the whole round country,
man, is overflowed
You know I can't stay here,
I'll go where it's high, boy
I would goto the hilly country,
but, they got me barred

Now, look-a here now at Leland,
river was risin' high
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me,
river was raisin' high
Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah
I'm gonna move to Greenville,
fore I leave, goodbye

Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee1 broke, rose most everywhere
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere
Boy, you can't never stay here
I would go down to Rosedale,
but, they tell me there's water there

Now, the water now, mama,
done took Charley's town
Well, they tell me the water,
done took Charley's town
Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg
Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg,
for that high of mine

I am goin' up that water,
where lands don't never flow
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where,
water, oh don't ever flow
Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
But, that whole county was leavin',
over that Tallahatchie shore
Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there

Lord, the water done rushed all over,
down old Jackson road
Lord, the water done raised,
over the Jackson road
Boy, it starched my clothes
I'm goin' back to the hilly country,
won't be worried no more

__________
Note: this song tells the story of the great Mississippi flood of 1927. The two-part song is long, it covers both sides of a 78 rpm. The music of part one is very similar to Willie Brown's "Future Blues" and Son House's "Jinx Blues";
Note 1: origin: from the old French word lev�e, act of raising, from lever to raise. An embankment for preventing flooding, or a river landing place, also, a continuous dike or ridge (as of earth) for confining the irrigation areas of land to be flooded. A levee camp therefore is a work camp for building or improving dikes to prevent rivers from flooding the land, primarily in the Mississippi Delta area.



High Water Everywhere (Part 2)

by Charley Patton
recording of 1929-1934
from Charley Patton: Founder Of The Delta Blues (Yazoo L-1020),
copyright notice

Backwater at Blytheville, backed up all around
Backwater at Blytheville, done took Joiner town
It was fifty families and children come to sink and drown

The water was risin' up at my friend's door
The water was risin' up at my friend's door
The man said to his women folk, "Lord, we'd better go"

The water was risin', got up in my bed
Lord, the water was rollin', got up to my bed
I thought I would take a trip, Lord, out on the big ice sled

Oh, I can hear, Lord, Lord, water upon my door,
you know what I mean, look-a here
I hear the ice, Lord, Lord, was sinkin' down,
I couldn't get no boats there, Marion City gone down

So high the water was risin' our men sinkin' down
Man, the water was risin' at places all around,
boy, they's all around
It was fifty men and children come to sink and drown

Oh, Lordy, women and grown men drown
Oh, women and children sinkin' down
Lord, have mercy
I couldn't see nobody's home and wasn't no one to be found


High Water (For Charley Patton)
B.Dylan

High water risin' - risin' night and day
All the gold and silver are being stolen away
Big Joe Turner lookin' East and West
From the dark room of his mind
He made it to Kansas City
Twelfth Street and Vine
Nothing standing there
High water everywhere

High water risin', the shacks are slidin' down
Folks lose their possessions - folks are leaving town
Bertha Mason shook it - broke it
Then she hung it on a wall
Says, "You're dancin' with whom they tell you to
Or you don't dance at all."
It's tough out there
High water everywhere

I got a cravin' love for blazing speed
Got a hopped up Mustang Ford
Jump into the wagon, love, throw your panties overboard
I can write you poems, make a strong man lose his mind
I'm no pig without a wig
I hope you treat me kind
Things are breakin' up out there
High water everywhere

High water risin', six inches 'bove my head
Coffins droppin' in the street
Like balloons made out of lead
Water pourin' into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm going to do
"Don't reach out for me," she said
"Can't you see I'm drownin' too?"
It's rough out there
High water everywhere

Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew
"You can't open your mind, boys
To every conceivable point of view."
They got Charles Darwin trapped out there on Highway Five
Judge says to the High Sheriff,
"I want him dead or alive
Either one, I don't care."
High Water everywhere

The Cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
I'm preachin' the Word of God
I'm puttin' out your eyes
I asked Fat Nancy for something to eat, she said, "Take it off the shelf -
As great as you are a man,
You'll never be greater than yourself."
I told her I didn't really care
High water everywhere

I'm getting' up in the morning - I believe I'll dust my broom
Keeping away from the women
I'm givin' 'em lots of room
Thunder rolling over Clarksdale, everything is looking blue
I just can't be happy, love
Unless you're happy too
It's bad out there
High water everywhere



Copyright � 2001 Special Rider Music


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 07:33 PM

Ohh...I'm much too quick on the draw tonight. I just saw the next to the last line isn't the one I remember either.

Here's that song written as I remember it:

HE'S SWEET I KNOW [from Azizi's recollection]

He's sweet I know-oh.*
He's sweet I know.
Dark clouds may rise.
Sea billows roll.
I'll tell the world *
where'er I go
{That} I've found ah Sa-a-vior*
And He's sweet-eet I know.*
(repeat)

*elongate the word "know", the word "world",the word "savior" and the word "sweet". I didn't know how to note the elongation for world {"wo-erld"??}

If anybody else knows this song and can find a sound clip of it to add to this thread, that'd be great.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 08:16 PM

Something about:
Just A Hundred Miles From Maryanne


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Scoville
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 09:24 PM

Ha ha--I promised I'd paint a caricature of Johnny Cash singing, "How high's the water, mama?" on the plywood we used to cover our windows when Rita was supposed to hit, so we'd be ready for the next time around.

(Rita never did hit us, thank goodness, but I'm sure we'll get our share one of these days.)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: mg
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 10:59 PM

was it Bob Dylan..come in and I will give you shelter from the storm. mg


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: harpmolly
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:15 PM

OK, this isn't a storm song, but has anyone performed "The Lakes of Ponchartrain" as a Katrina memorial? I was listening to my Déanta CD (Ready for the Storm) a few days afterward, and realized that the similarities were truly haunting. Displacement and sorrow are relieved by warmth and simple kindness, I'd like to post the lyrics, although I'm sure many people are familiar with this beautiful song.

LAKES OF PONCHARTRAIN

Twas on one bright March morning, I bid New Orleans adieu;
And I took the road to Jackson town, my fortune to renew.
I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain,
Which filled my heart with longing for the lakes of Ponchartrain.

I stepped on board a railroad car beneath the morning sun;
I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again.
All strangers there, no friends to me, till a dark girl towards me came,
And I fell in love with a creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

I said, "Me pretty Creole girl, me money's here no good,
And if it weren't for the alligators, I would sleep out in the woods."
"You're welcome here, kind stranger, our house is very plain;
But we never turn a stranger out on the banks of Ponchartrain"

She took me into her mammy's house and treated me right well;
Her hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell.
To try to paint her beauty, I'm sure 'twould be in vain,
So handsome was my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

I asked her if she'd marry me, she said this could never be,
For she had got a lover and he was far at sea;
She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain,
Till he returned to his Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain

So fare thee well, my bonny own girl, I never may see you more;
But I'll ne'er forget your kindness in this cottage by the shore,
And at each social gathering, a flowing glass I'll drain,
And I'll drink a health to me Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

***

*sniffle*

I used to sing this all the time...maybe I'll revive it for the Open House this winter.

Molly


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: harpmolly
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:16 PM

Ack, a misplaced comma! How embarrassing...;)

M


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:38 PM

You wrote "a misplaced comma". Where?

;o)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: harpmolly
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:46 PM

Azizi,

I wrote "Displacement and sorrow are relieved by warmth and simple kindness, I'd like to post the lyrics..." That was supposed to be two sentences. ;) It's a very strange sentence without the period after "kindness". *grin*

Oh, never mind. Just my mild obsessive-compulsive side coming out...

Anyway, great song!

Molly


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:55 PM

Well, I'll trade you your one little misplaced comma for all the typos I made in this thread.

No. I take it back. It wouldn't be fair for you to take all my mistakes in place of your itty bitty comma.

But if you insist...

:o}


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: harpmolly
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 11:58 PM

Oh, not to worry. I'm only obsessive on my own behalf. I've always been very schoolmarmish about my own punctuation. ;) You'll have to find another taker, sorry, Z. *g*


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 12:07 AM

Better a misplaced comma than a misplaced period.    Sigh!


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 12:42 AM

That's a good one, Guest!

And now do we have any promising writers who want to start their masterpiece with "It was a dark and stormy night"?

I hope not.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 01:05 AM

BY THE LIGHTNING WE LOST OUR SIGHT

SHERMAN CYCLONE

RYE COVE CYCLONE (A P CARTER)

BAD MOON RISING

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
(Eric Bogle)

THE STORY OF HAZEL MINER


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 01:12 AM

I kn ow there are several songs about the Johnstown Flood but I'm not too familiar with any of them. And, I'm not merely refering to Springsteen's mention of the flood in his song "Highway Patrolman."



The Great Johnstown (PA) Flood of 1889


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 01:20 AM

1. The Persuasions sing a song called "It's Gonna Rain."

2. There's a chidren's song about Noah and the flood with the first verse and chorus:

The Lord said to Noah there's gonna be a floody floody
Lord Said to Noah there's gonna be a floody floody
Get your people out of the muddy muddy
Children of the Lord.

Rise and shine and give God your glory glory (3X)
Children of the Lord.

3. Stormy Weather: Don't know why, there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Scrump
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 04:28 AM

Not sure if it's been mentioned earlier (apologies if I missed it):

Ralph McTell's "Weather The Storm"


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 07:26 AM

Here's a question that may not have any real answer:
Why did

They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday's just as bad
They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday's just as bad
"Wednesday's worse, and Thursday's also sad"

-snip-

Excerpt from "Stormy Monday"

****

And-for the folkloric record-it occurs to me that there should be an explanation of GUEST 30 Aug 06 - 12:07 AM's witty play on words
"Better a misplaced comma than a misplaced period".

Where I've lived {New Jersey & Pennsylvania} 'period' is a euphemism for women's menstrual cycle. Another euphemism that is used for menstal cycle is "my friend" as in this sentence "I always have cramps the first day my friend comes."

[True, this doesn't have anything to do with "Songs About Storms"
but someone could remedy that by including that reference in a song.
But if you post that song here, make sure you have no misplaced commas, unnecessary words or typos, and remember to end every line with a period.

;O))


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 07:41 AM

Ha! I noticed I just made a typo in my last post.

Oh, well. Here's that missing bracket ] and here's a period for this sentence {not that kind of "period" but this kind}.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Mr Red
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 07:57 AM

Ellan Vannan? (sp?)


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,guest - oldhippie
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 03:16 PM

Two songs about Katrina are:

"Katrina" by Tom Flannery - lyrics and mp3 @ www.songaweek.com
and
"New Orleans" by David Rovics


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: vlmagee
Date: 30 Aug 06 - 09:25 PM

Hurricane, by Steve Gillette, on Steve & Cindy's new duet album Being There. The song is about the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, that took nearly 2000 lives and destroyed the railroad that connected the Florida Keys to the mainland. It's my favorite song from the new CD.

Lyrics are here Being There lyrics, and there's a short RealMedia clip here: Being There clips.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 08:25 AM

Azizi, is "period" not a common euphamism for Menstrual cycle outside the USA? I wouldn't know. We never called it that in my family but I knew that's what other girls meant. The current "in" euphamism these days seems to be to refer to "a visit from Aunt Flo" South park even did a fairly funny epsiode about a real woman named Aunt Flo whi visits Stan's mom once a month and makes her very crabby. Every comment about her was one people could mistake for a comment about a woman on her menses. it was much more sly than the usual scatalogical humor on that show.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 08:31 AM

Back to songs - someone mentioned the Persuasions. My favorite song about rain (not necessarily a storm) is this one from the Temptations:


I WISH IT WOULD RAIN

Sunshine, blue sky, please go away,
My girl has found another, and gone away
With her went my future, my life is filled with gloom,
So day after day, I stay locked up in my room

I know to you it might sound strange,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Cause so badly
I wanna go outside (such a lovely day)
Everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
But listen, I got to cry, cuz crying, ooooooooh,

Let it rain (rain, rain)
Oh yeah, let it rain

Day in day out, my tear stained face
Pressed against my window pane
I search the skies, well, desperately for rain
Cause rain drops will hide my teardrops and no one will ever know
That I'm crying (crying) crying (crying)
When I go outside

To the world outside my tears I refuse to explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Rain, rain, rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
ooooh baby

Let it rain
I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes
Yeah, You know I'm a man, I ain't got no pride,
Til it rains, I'm gonna stay inside,
Let it rain, Let it rain
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...
Oh how I wish that it would rain...

Is the pain, oh yeah

Yeah you know people, this hurt I feel inside,
Words, they, could never explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Oh let it rain, rain, rain, rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Ooooooh baby


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 09:43 AM

Dave'sWife, one thing's for sure, you never know how things will flow on one of these threads...

Well "flow" may not have been the best word to use but isn't "Aunt Flo" witty! That's a new one for me.

Thanks for posting that information.

And thank you and thanks to all others for these examples.

Although the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has passed, these songs remind us that hurricanes and threats of hurricanes & other storms are always with us.

Though most people who have direct experiences of these catastrophes somehow find the strength to keep on keepin on, it certainly seems to me that government should do more to help in recovery efforts than give big bucks to their friends.

I'm just sayin...


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 10:35 AM

thanks 4 starting the thread, Azizi. Had to read a lot, but thanks, Guest, for remembering Carter's "Rye Cove" which was what came 2 me as soon as I read the thread title. Good tune.
cheers
Dennis


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 11:19 AM

I should always READ lyrics before I post them. In I Wish it would rain, a crucial phrase was left out. I'll put the missing phrase in all caps:


Cause so badly
I wanna go outside (such a lovely day)
Everyone knows that a man ain't supposed to cry
But listen, I got to cry, cuz crying, ooooooooh,
EASES THE PAIN

The reason that's important is it's the best part of the song. When he sings that, it feels like a stab to the heart.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 11:25 AM

Nobody has yet mentioned Ernest Stoneman's Story of the Mighty Missisippi about the 1927 flood (I first heard it from the New Lost City Ramblers; many years before I got the re-release of Stoneman's recording)
nor has anybody mentioned a much newer song, Will McLean's "Hold back the waters of Lake Okeechobee"
Cater Family's "The storms are on the ocean" is more about symbolic storms than about real ones, IMHO


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: GUEST,Rowan
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 06:41 PM

In answer to Dave's Wife above, "period" is used in Australia to describe menstruation in the manner Azizi mentioned. However, "full stop" is the more commonly used term for the flyspeck on the page that indicates the end of a sentence. "Period" used in that sense is usually (in Australia) associated with American usage. From experience, I'm aware that many women regard the onset of a period as indicating the end of a different type of sentence associated with the agony of waiting.

"Rose of Allandale" is a song mentioning a storm and the words "one maiden's form withstood the storm" have often been parodied in Australia, to some amusement, because 'Maidenform' is the brand name of a popular bra.

That's all I have to say. Period!

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Azizi
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 07:04 PM

This kind of exchange is what makes Mudcat so interesting to me.

It's good to take a break from serious talk and share some humor{or humour, if you prefer that spelling}.

Thanks for making me smile, Dave's Wife & Rowan.


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Barbara
Date: 31 Aug 06 - 07:16 PM

Did anyone say Grimsbytown or "Three Score and Ten"? it's in the DT.

And there's "Sailor's Consolation", a rather tongue-in-cheek song about the relative "safety" of being on the water instead of the land in a hurricane.

"The Loss of the Bay Rupert" which is more about salvage than storm

Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: bfdk
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 05:22 AM

"The Mermaid"

Cho:
And the ocean's waves do roll, And the stormy winds do blow
And we poor sailors are skipping at the top
While the landlubbers lie down below (below, below)
While the landlubbers lie down below


Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Songs About Storms
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Sep 06 - 07:39 AM

What's the song Jeff Warner sings, "In that storm, Lord, in that storm"?

Can't wrap my brain around it at this time of the morning, but has water and wind imagery and I think (sticks in back of brain) it refers to a 1929 storm. American.

I know I've got him singing it on a couple tapes from sea music singarounds - with Jeri doing Tom Gibney's version of "The Titanic" at the same session.

Don't know whether I have the J-card typeset or not or whether I can find the title.

Linn


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