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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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    Love both, and how you intertwined ;) Subscribing ;) & looking forward to your next blog ;)
    3455 days ago
    Love the song and the pictures. emoticon emoticon
    3455 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/7/2011 5:23:04 AM
  • HEYRED221
    3457 days ago
    Great song and again great pictures.
    3457 days ago
    Don't know the song but,as usual absolutely LOVE the pictures - would be hard to pick out a favorite! emoticon
    3457 days ago
    I saw the ads for the show and hadn't considered, but maybe now...

    Meanwhile - thanks for the "music."
    3457 days ago
    That show - Borgais....we happened upon it while flipping away from the basketball game...I thought the BB coverage was horrible, btw. Every time I wanted to see a replay they flashed some stupid graphic with chains attached and gave some meaningless info followed up by a speed comment on an upcoming sports event....so we found the show. Holy Cow - not the best thing to get interested in with your 14 year old son sitting in the room.....especially the assassin getting the girl in the end.....whoa, not sure I can watch that show.

    BTW - son is looking at U of Chicago - can't be any worse than UPenn in West Philadelphia.
    3457 days ago
    Chicago is not that bad of a place to live.
    3458 days ago
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    emoticon You are great!
    3458 days ago
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