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The Night Chicago Died

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I watched the first show of the new series on Showtime, The Borgias. They described it as "the original crime family". Wow - intrigue, murder, double-dealing, kiss the godfather's, er, Pope's ring. (Hmm, is the Pope a "Godfather"? Mario Puzo based his book (and the movie) The Godfather on the Borgias. So, thinking about the Mafia, mob, whatever - here's tonight's song of the day by Paper Lace (a British group!) in 1974 - a fictional account of a shootout in Chicago, loosely based on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929.


Daddy was a cop on the east side of Chicago
Back in the USA
back in the bad old days.


In the heat of a summer night
In the land of the dollar bill.
When the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still
When a man named Al Capone


Tried to make that town his own.
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law.


I heard my Mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died.
Brother, what a night it really was
Brother, what a fight it really was.
Glory be.



I heard my Mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died.
Brother, what a night the people saw
Brother, what a fight the people saw.
Yes, indeed


And the sound of the battle rang
Trough the streets of the old east side.
Till the last of the hoodlum gang
Had surrendered up or died.


There was shouting in the street
And the sound of running feet.
And I asked someone who said:
'Bout a hundred cops are dead.


I heard my Mama cry
. . .

Then there was no sound at all
But the clock upon the wall
Then the door burst open wide
And my Daddy stepped inside
And he kissed my Mama's face
And he brushed her tears away
The night Chicago died.


The night Chicago died

Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed.


The night Chicago died
The night Chicago died
Brother, what a night it really was
Brother, what a fight it really was
Glory be.



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