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Cory Branan - Wreck of the Sultana

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Just after Appomattox
two last bullets and a bell
for the honest and the actor
that the tragic curtain fell

There beneath the flood of headlines
and the Mississippi spray
the wreck of the Sultana lies
buried to this day

buried to this day, boys

The Sultana was a steamboat
she made a New Orleans - Carol run
when a greedy Captain Mason heard
that since the war is done
And the union POWs
are free now, Uncle Sam is paying for their passage home, five dollars every man

Well that's four a head, the Captain said
calculating calm
a dollar per to the officers
should grease the Judas palm

So on a steamboat built to carry
three fifty with crew
twenty three hundred herded
a huddled multitude of purple scars
and leather shadows, men tattered, stitched and torn
What little's always left of glory's human uniform
a human uniform, boys

And when you figure in civilian men, women, children too
there's five hundred more
plus the horses, cargo, coal and crew

And so it was and it wasn't the number's that night
you see the boiler needed grave repairs
but the Captain had rushed a patch job
so as not to lose one precious fare

And so, asleep, afloat beneath a sleepy Memphis sky
it came to pass a flame, a flash
and death, she opened wide

And the force of the blast took the fortunate, fast asleep, dreams to dust
but the rest awoke, chest to boat, with the thunder and the thrust

As the smokestacks smashed through the upper decks,
a screaming as they fell
a splintered rain of men and flames
pinned in a crush of hell

And diving in, the drowning men, entangled anchor's roar
their frantic limbs heavy in the anesthetic coal

And it was swollen that's a silence, the river reaked her spoils
as the stoney moon stared on and on
where the general now recoiled

Until the morning sun rose warm upon the lucky living through
the hell and the highwater maze he'd steered them straight into

I ain't saying the Captain's evil
I ain't saying he's any good
just whereever he stood to profit
that's where he stood

He may have stood until the flames forked over
paid dearly what the river pulls down
but all the accounts will tell you
how his body was never found

It was the end of the Sultana
the end of many good men as well
so for now we'll end the story
that couldn't count on time to tell

Though deadlier than the Titanic's legendary fall
I guess it's less romantic, mostly soldiers after all

More dead than Shiloh, Chickamauga
and others lesser known
more anthems send a soldier off
than ever sing him home
than ever sing him home, boys



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Ray Penpillage
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I cast my vote for Andy Partridge.





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Kafka
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Oh, the rich people want what the poor people's got
And the poor people want what the rich people's got
And the skinny people want what the fat people's got
And the fat people want what the skinny people's got

You can never please anybody in this world

The short people want what the tall people's got
And the tall people want what the short people's got
The little kids want what the big kid's got
And the big kids want what the little kid's got

You can never please anybody in this world

Oh, the girls with short hair want long hair
And the girls with long hair want short hair
Oh, the boys with cars want motorcycles
And the boys with motorcycles want cars

You can never please anybody in this world

It doesn't matter what you do
It doesn't matter what you say
There will always be
One who wants things the opposite way

It doesn't matter where you go
It doesn't matter who you see
There will always be
Someone who disagrees

We do our best
We try to please
But we're like the rest
Whenever at ease

Oh, the rich people want what the poor people's got
And the poor people want what the rich people's got
And the skinny people want what the fat people's got
And the fat people want what the skinny people's got

You can never please anybody in this world






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CottonWasKing
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Wreck of the sultana is one of the top 10 songs ever written


And whiskey grove isn't far behind






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lsu480
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Probably Kara DioGuardi





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MrCoachKlein
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No lyrics, good jumbled shit

Ramsay Midwood- Spinning On This Rock

Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil- Alabama Daydream

Charlie Parr- 1922 Blues



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The Boat
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Bernie Taupin





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Kafka
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quote:

Bernie Taupin
His Sirius radio show is awesome

LINK






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CottonWasKing
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quote:

Bernie Taupin


Isn't that the guy who wrote most of Elton John's songs?

If so then






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Kafka
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Give a listen to Taupin's radio show if you like country and blues and this kinda stuff





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CottonWasKing
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I like and respect that stuff Kafka but to be honest it's a little too "dated" to be something I listen to on a regular basis





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TideHater
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Richard Thompson or Ice Cube





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urinetrouble
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Isn't that the guy who wrote most of Elton John's songs?


He wrote the lyrics. Some of which were good, some of which were shitty, a lot of which were just okay.

Sir Elton was responsible for all the music and melody.






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great first post fail










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Loubacca
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5 pages and not one mention of Carole King?


I had mentioned her along with Neil Diamond, but it was among all the bitch fighting posts between the board db's so you may have missed it.






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McLemore
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Neil Diamond


i was going to give him a nod as an honorable mention.

hard to argue with Dylan over all.

Jackson Browne another honorable mention.

I didn't see Brian Wilson mentioned either.

And I agree with Ryan Adams as a force for a youngster (I have to call him that because we're almost exactly the same age.)

re: Dave Matthews--had he put out 10 albums equal to or better than Under the Table, then he might make an honorable mention, but he didn't.






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TFTC
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I also truly believe you have to throw Shane MacGowan's name into the mix...





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Loubacca
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hard to argue with Dylan over all.


I completely agree with this. I just mentioned Neil Diamond because he hadn't been mentioned. Carole King is certainly at the very top and I can't believe she hasn't been mentioned more.






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REB BEER
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Is Kris Kristofferson still alive?

Also, David Allan Coe is a pretty damn good songwriter.



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