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Galveston Flood

This song is by Tom Rush and appears on the album Take A Little Walk With Me (1966).

You know the year of 1900
That was sixty years ago
Death come howling on the ocean
Death calls, you got to go
Now Galveston had a seawall
To keep the water down
But high tide from the ocean
Spread the water over the town

Wasn't that a mighty storm
Ya an' that a mighty storm in the morning
Wasn't that a mighty storm
Now it blew all the people all away

You know the trumpets give them warning
Said you'd better leave this place
Whoa, no one thought of leaving
Till death stared them in the face
Then the trains at the station were loadin'
All the people leaving town
An' the trestle give way without warning
The train they went on down

Ya, the rain it was a' falling
Thunder began to roll
Lightning flashed like hell fire
Yes, the wind began to blow
And it's death the cruel master
When the wind began to blow
Rode in on a team of horses
Cried, "Death, won't you let me go".

You know trees fell on the island
And the houses give away
Some they strained and drowned
Some died in most every way
And the sea began to rolling
Mean'd the ships they could not land
And I heard a captain crying
"God save the drowning man".

Ah, the death your hands are clammy
You got them on my knee
You come and took my mother
Won't you come back after me
And the flood it took my neighbor
An' it took my brother too
I thought I heard my father call...
I watched my mother go

You know the year of 1900
Children, sixty years ago
Death come howling on the ocean
Death calls, you got to go

Credits

Written by:

John Duffey and Tom Rush

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