Music meme?

Jun. 8th, 2010 05:28 pm
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Lots of music memes going around. What is my most hated song of all time? Easy.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, by Gordon Lightfoot.

I'm not linking to it, nor embedding a video to it. I suspect that it is a proto-virus, equipped to cause chaos in any system, human or electronic. The things that man did to the English language in that song should be criminal.

Date: 2010-06-08 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orangetango.livejournal.com
Whatever. Us folks from the Great Lakes be representin'! Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, word up!

Date: 2010-06-08 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erinlefey.livejournal.com
Comedian Richard Jeni used to reference the song in his standup monologues, insisting that the sad lyrics were useful for getting party guests who have overstayed their welcome to go home.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Edmund_Fitzgerald

Date: 2010-06-08 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orangetango.livejournal.com
At one point in grade school I knew all the words to that song. It's the third thing they teach Clevelanders after Kent State and the Cuyahoga River catching on fire.

Date: 2010-06-08 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erinlefey.livejournal.com
No wonder Yankees are so morbid. I'm glad they let you out of the camp...

Date: 2010-06-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valatan.livejournal.com
Check out the uplifting groundswell from one of the most popular local bands from my hometown when I was in High school:

Date: 2010-06-09 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drexplosivo.livejournal.com
Are you a Tupelo fan yourself?

Date: 2010-06-09 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blissfish.livejournal.com
He is. Trust me, I live with him. :)

Date: 2010-06-09 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] austingoddess.livejournal.com
Ha - was going to reference this if no one else knew it.

And their ship sank at sea
And they all drowned like rats
And they died as their lungs filled with water

Their women and children
Were left without support
So they turned to drugs and prostitution

Date: 2010-06-09 12:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] curmudgn
Actually, it's right in the tradition of broadside ballads, and the rhyming and assonance (or lack of it, sometimes) is no worse than any of its eighteenth-century counterparts.

Apropos of which: you might be interested to read this reminiscence, written by a woman I've known since my days in alt.callahans. She covered the loss of the Fitz, as a cub reporter in the Soo, and hell, she'll take you there and put you right next to her that night.
From: [identity profile] arthurthedented.livejournal.com
Makes wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald sound like grand parade :)

and yes.. I love them both and can probably still sing them from memory for the most part ...

Yankee blue , through and through.

(and born in Michigan)

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