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Song Parodies -> "The Wreck, 40 Years Later"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"The Wreck, 40 Years Later"

Parody Written by:

Michael Pacholek

The Lyrics

November 10, 1975. I have been accused of belittling the 29 victims with my many parodies of this song. So I decided to go serious for the anniversary. R.I.P.: MICHAEL ARMAGOST, FREDERICK BEETCHER, THOMAS BENTSEN, EDWARD BINDON, THOMAS BORGESON, OLIVER CHAMPEAU, NOLAN CHURCH, RANSOM CUNDY, THOMAS EDWARDS, RUSSELL HASKELL, GEORGE HOLL, BRUCE HUDSON, ALLEN KALMON, GORDON MACLELLAN, JOSEPH MAZES, JOHN MCCARTHY, ERNEST MCSORLEY, EUGENE O'BRIEN, KARL PECKOL, JOHN POVIACH, JAMES PRATT, ROBERT RAFFERTY, PAUL RIIPPA, JOHN SIMMONS, WILLIAM SPENGLER, MARK THOMAS, RALPH WALTON, DAVID WEISS, and BLAINE WILHELM.
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call Gitchee Gumee.
It’s been helped along by the great Lightfoot song.
‘Twas a big hit even though it’s gloomy.

Nineteen fifty-eight, thirteen thousand tons weight
was the Edmund Fitzgerald’s gross launching.
And every man knew as the Captain did too
‘twould be iron ore it would be bunching.

The ship was the pride of the American side
though Canadians did not act so jealous.
The tale Lightfoot told, some mistakes did unfold.
Should’ve gotten them right for to tell us.

A hardy old bird from New York’s Ogdensburg
was the captain named Ernest McSorley.
This ship in his hands was his tenth to command.
‘Twas retiring, but should have done early.

In seventy-five, twenty-nine men left alive
from Superior, town in Wisconsin.
Across lake of same name, and toward Huron, but shame:
Thirty-five-foot waves soon would be tossin’.

The pellets of ore meant for Detroit’s shore
though in Gord’s song, ‘twere headed for Cleveland.
But the hurricane wind from the west did them in.
‘Twas the Witch of November come stealin’.

McSorley took the phone, said, “We’re holding our own.”
‘Twas the famous last words, around seven.
The big ship did split, and the bottom it hit
sending twenty-nine swabbies to heaven.

To Sault Ste. Marie, it was never to be.
That safe harbor denied by their peril.
The Bay of Whitefish wouldn’t give them their wish
and so wrecked was the Edmund Fitzgerald.

McSorley did know where the transport boats go
but the waves turned the minutes to hours.
You’d better believe their loved ones were bereaved.
No one to save them with super-powers.

Seems petty to say lyrics went some astray
as Gord didn’t quite get on the right foot.
But good sentiment was the honest intent
of the song that was written by Lightfoot.

Titanic hit ice, Lusitania’s not nice.
Fire claimed Eastland and General Slocum.
Morro Castle burned, and then later in turn
Andrea Doria hit by Stockholm.

And I must demand note from Staten Island
of the foolish pilot of a ferry.
‘Twas not enough sleep for the pilot, that creep
killed 11 on Andrew J. Barberi.

On Jefferson Avenue stands a marker of blue
at the Mariner’s Church – not “Cathedral.”
That Detroit sign is a twenty-nine remind
of the men lost on Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from old Lightfoot on down
but on this fortieth anniversary
the story that’s true should be full-known to you.
On the sailors may the Great Lakes have mercy.

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Patrick - November 10, 2015 - Report this comment
You were the one who started the Edmund Fitzgerald tribute song sequence. I thought you might post something today. Thanks for including the names of the crewmen. So many were young, even younger than I was at the time I got the news on the TV in South Bend, Indiana. Others were veterans, scheduled to retire after that last trip of the season. Cleveland was to be the Edmund Fitzgerald's winter port, so Sinclair was not totally wrong. Chapel vs Cathedral. That's a matter of rhyme and meter. Choices a song writer has to make. But, at least, thanks to Gordon Sinclair's ballad, these men will be remembered. We often speak of heroes when we talk of soldiers, policemen and firefighters. But other men, mostly unsung, travel dangerous seas, and icy roads, or toil in broiling sun and loud monotonous factories to make possible the goods and services we enjoy, and that enhance our way of life. They are heroes true. You have produced a most excellent update.
Ann - November 10, 2015 - Report this comment
know the OS
Rob Arndt - November 10, 2015 - Report this comment
I think I only did one on the EFG, but a whole bunch on other vessels (mostly German). 555!
Callmelennie - November 10, 2015 - Report this comment
A whole bunch of us could be accused of insensitivity on this score, Mike. So if the sh*t ever does hit the fan, we're all going to need to hang together (lol)
Bob Dylan weighs in - November 10, 2015 - Report this comment
I heard new found widows wail just like a mourning dove .... And little girls with broken hearts who lost their daddy's love .... Can you understand my question, man, are these parodies bad form? .... "Jump in", they said, "but take care; parodying the storm."

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