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Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney (Tom Paxton)

31 Jan 00 - 10:16 AM (#170990)
Subject: Lyr Add: GOODMAN, SCHWERNER AND CHANEY (T Paxton)
From: Greg F.

GOODMAN, SCHWERNER AND CHANEY
(Tom Paxton)

The night air is heavy, no cool breezes blow
The sound of the voices is worried and low
Desperately wondering, and desperate to know
About Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney.

Calm desperation and flickering hope
Reality grapples like a hand on the throat
For you live in the shadow of ten feet of rope
If you're Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney.

The Pearl River was dragged and two bodies were found
But it was a blind alley, for both men were brown
So they all shrugged their shoulders and the search it went on
For Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney.

Pull out the dead bodies from the ooze of the dam
Take the bodies to Jackson, all according to plan
With the one broken body, do the best that you can
Its the body of young James Chaney.

Well the nation was outraged and shocked through and through
Call J. Edgar Hoover! He'll know what to do
For they've murdered two white men! - (and a colored boy, too)
Goodman and Schwerner and Chaney.

James Chaney, your body exploded in pain
And the beating they gave you is pounding my brain
For they murdered much more with their dark, bloody chains
And the body of pity lies bleeding.

The pot-bellied coppers shook hands all around
And joked with the rednecks who came into town
And they swore that the murderers soon would be found
And they laughed as they spat their tobacco.

^^
ŠTom Paxton/Deep Fork
Recorded on "Ain"t That News" Elektra EKS-7298

"Goodwin" changed to "Goodman". --JoeClone, 4-Feb-04.


03 Mar 04 - 03:31 PM (#1128630)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney
From: Joe Offer

This page (click) and many others list the murdered civil rights workers as Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney. Did Paxton get it wrong, or are the above lyrics a mistranscription? Other websites have "Goodwin," so it's not immediately clear to me. If Greg is wrong, we'll also have to correct his entry in the Digital Tradition.
-Joe Offer-


03 Mar 04 - 06:11 PM (#1128707)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney
From: Stewie

The record sleeve for 'Ain't that news!' [Elektra LP EKL 298/EKS 7298]with Paxton's notes has 'Goodman'.

--Stewie.


03 Mar 04 - 07:14 PM (#1128736)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney
From: Mark Ross

It was GOODMAN, anything else is a typo.

Mark Ross


03 Mar 04 - 07:30 PM (#1128749)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney
From: InOBU

I was at a meeting with two lawyers, they got to talking about why they went into law, turns out one went to high school with Goodman and the other with Schwerner and they had not know that about each other. Very meaningful moment.
All the best
Larry


21 Jun 16 - 05:12 PM (#3796893)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney (Tom Paxton)
From: GUEST,Felipa

21 June, a not so happy anniversary
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/21/mississippi-burning-civil-rights-case-closed-52-years


21 Jun 16 - 06:26 PM (#3796900)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Goodman, Schwerner & Chaney (Tom Paxton)
From: GUEST,HiLo

Richard Farina did a grand song about this as well! " Michael, Andrew and James". still very emotional, even after all these years!