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(Chicago Trib)   Edmund Fitzgerald sunk: this time, only 6 feet instead of 560   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 48
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2013-09-09 09:27:48 AM
When greenlight time came Drew Curtis came online sayin'.
"Farkers, it's too rough t'green ya."
At seven P.M. the main server went dim; he said,
"Farkers, it's bin good t'know ya!"
 
2013-09-09 09:31:25 AM
His full name is Edmund Bacon Fitzgerald, and he helped form the Brewers. Bacon and Beer, it is a good thing this guy was born before the internet or none of that would have happened.
 
2013-09-09 09:36:57 AM
R.I.P, Ella Fits Gerald.
 
2013-09-09 09:37:10 AM

dittybopper: When greenlight time came Drew Curtis came online sayin'.
"Farkers, it's too rough t'green ya."
At seven P.M. the main server went dim; he said,
"Farkers, it's bin good t'know ya!"


WINNAH!
 
2013-09-09 09:37:17 AM
Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!
 
2013-09-09 09:42:06 AM
Was he rammed by the Cat Stevins?
 
2013-09-09 09:42:39 AM
The cemetery, it's said, never gives up its dead
When the pneumonia of November comes early.

/got nothing
 
2013-09-09 09:47:01 AM
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
Then later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?

The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
When the wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too
'Twas the witch of November come stealin'
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashin'
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck
Sayin' "Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya"
At seven PM a main hatchway caved in
He said, "Fellas, it's been good to know ya"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her
They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams
The islands and bays are for sportsmen
And farther below, Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed 'til it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early
 
2013-09-09 09:48:35 AM

vudukungfu: R.I.P, Ella Fits Gerald.


Yes she does. Almost like it's enchanted.
 
2013-09-09 09:52:00 AM
I laugh when I hear that song.  The lyrics:

"The captain wired in he had water comin' in And the good ship and crew was in peril "

Capt. McSorley's actual last transmission:

"We are holding our own"

Also... the ship is in 530 feet of water at the top of the hull.  It was 728 feet long.  So it's too bad it didn't stay in one piece and stand on end... there'd be 200 feet of hull poking out of the water.  I think that lake could sink an aircraft carrier in 50 feet of water if it wanted to.
 
2013-09-09 09:53:28 AM
PizzaJedi81: 

*A-hem*

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitcheegumi
And the old chiefs still smile and chuckle awhile cause the white man is really quite screwy.
You see he took a big boat and set it afloat and said boys we'll cross the big water.
Load her up to the top with them rusty red rocks and boys, she'll float like and otter.

The weather got rough but the men they were tough no cellular phones they were dialin'
they looked all around for to run her aground but they couldn't find Gilligan's island.
So they held their breath and they sank to their deaths and the priest rewrote his liturgy
About the dumb guys who gave up their young lives for the great cause of metallurgy.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitcheegumi
And the old chiefs still smile and chuckle awhile cause the white man is really quite screwy.
 
2013-09-09 09:55:27 AM
God-dammit! Now I'm going to have that damn song in my head all day long!
 
2013-09-09 09:56:55 AM
I thank that song for giving me one of my favorite sayings:

"I would wreck that so hard Gordon Lightfoot would write a song about it."
 
2013-09-09 09:58:54 AM
 
2013-09-09 10:04:35 AM

AccuJack: I laugh when I hear that song.  The lyrics:

"The captain wired in he had water comin' in And the good ship and crew was in peril "

Capt. McSorley's actual last transmission:

"We are holding our own"

Also... the ship is in 530 feet of water at the top of the hull.  It was 728 feet long.  So it's too bad it didn't stay in one piece and stand on end... there'd be 200 feet of hull poking out of the water.  I think that lake could sink an aircraft carrier in 50 feet of water if it wanted to.


I love posts that start off with "I always laugh at ___, because..." because you know the person is desperately trying to put a light hearted spin on something that just annoys them to no f--king end.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-09 10:05:04 AM
SO PASS THE JAR
AND THAT OLD GUITAR
IN THIS HANGDOG HOTEL ROOM


/wait, what?
 
2013-09-09 10:08:45 AM

PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!


Nope. The last time I was at a strip club; one of the girls chose to dance to "When I'm 64" by the Beatles. It was a very surreal experience.
 
2013-09-09 10:10:52 AM
CSB time: My grandfather died on that ship shortly before I was born. I've never been quite sure if I'm supposed to be insulted when folks pull the "I'd hit that so hard Gordon Lightfoot would have to write a song about it" joke or laugh at it.
 
2013-09-09 10:11:40 AM

iheartscotch: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

Nope. The last time I was at a strip club; one of the girls chose to dance to "When I'm 64" by the Beatles. It was a very surreal experience.


That...nah. Revolution 9 would be odder.
 
2013-09-09 10:11:57 AM
Friend of mine was on the Anderson (the ship that trailed the Edmund Fitzgerald) and his take is that it was the captain's hubris to blame. The weather and the elongated hull of course caused the wreck, but the captain put the ship in harm's way, rather than seek shelter.
 
2013-09-09 10:12:34 AM

iheartscotch: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

Nope. The last time I was at a strip club; one of the girls chose to dance to "When I'm 64" by the Beatles. It was a very surreal experience.


You should have taken her home, she is just looking for some stability in her life, I'm sure nothing bad would come from it.
 
2013-09-09 10:13:07 AM
midnightcorey.com

/If its good enough for gordon lightfoot, its good enough for me
 
2013-09-09 10:13:14 AM

dittybopper: When greenlight time came Drew Curtis came online sayin'.
"Farkers, it's too rough t'green ya."
At seven P.M. the main server went dim; he said,
"Farkers, it's bin good t'know ya!"


Drew wired in sponsored links comin' in
And the revenue stream was in peril
And later that night when squirrel nuts were in sight
Came the wreck of Drew Curtis Fark.com
 
2013-09-09 10:18:58 AM

Mongo No.5: [midnightcorey.com image 265x500]

/If its good enough for gordon lightfoot, its good enough for me


Glad someone's on top of this.
 
2013-09-09 10:21:00 AM

corn-bread: dittybopper: When greenlight time came Drew Curtis came online sayin'.
"Farkers, it's too rough t'green ya."
At seven P.M. the main server went dim; he said,
"Farkers, it's bin good t'know ya!"

Drew wired in sponsored links comin' in
And the revenue stream was in peril
And later that night when squirrel nuts were in sight
Came the wreck of Drew Curtis Fark.com


The legend lives on, from reddit on down
of the website they called Fark.com
The web it is said, never lets threads go dead
Except on Fark.com
 
2013-09-09 10:29:04 AM

Mongo No.5: [midnightcorey.com image 265x500]

/If its good enough for gordon lightfoot, its good enough for me


mmm, delicious beer.  now i want one.
 
2013-09-09 10:31:42 AM

PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!


I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..
 
2013-09-09 10:34:14 AM

Erix: Mongo No.5: [midnightcorey.com image 265x500]

/If its good enough for gordon lightfoot, its good enough for me

Glad someone's on top of this.


Their bottles used to say "built in Ohio" (and I swear I saw one that said "sunk in Lake Erie", although the SO thinks I imagined it), which irritated me to no end since it was neither built there ('twas built a stone's throw from where the SO's grandparents have their boat now) nor sank there (duh).  But they changed it and it's cheap as far as good beer goes, so I'll drink to that still.

And hey, they beat Michigan breweries to the name and we're all Great Lakers, so it's all good.
 
2013-09-09 10:36:45 AM

dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..


Group W is where they put you if you might not be moral enough for ecdysiasts.
 
2013-09-09 10:51:06 AM
img31.imageshack.us
 
2013-09-09 10:51:24 AM

dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..


The problem is the stripper always takes a break while waiting for it to come around on the guitar again.
 
2013-09-09 10:52:55 AM

Tom_Slick: dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..

The problem is the stripper always takes a break while waiting for it to come around on the guitar again.


Remember Edmund?  This is a thread about Edmund.
 
2013-09-09 10:54:38 AM

dittybopper: Remember Edmund? This is a thread about Edmund.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-09 10:55:58 AM
Wanted for questioning

most.themost10.netdna-cdn.com
 
2013-09-09 11:20:21 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: CSB time: My grandfather died on that ship shortly before I was born. I've never been quite sure if I'm supposed to be insulted when folks pull the "I'd hit that so hard Gordon Lightfoot would have to write a song about it" joke or laugh at it.


Encourage them, so you can watch them get sunk so deep that Gordon Lightfoot would have to write a song about it.
 
2013-09-09 11:44:34 AM

Tom_Slick: dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..

The problem is the stripper always takes a break while waiting for it to come around on the guitar again.


The Sign says "No Stairway to Heaven".
 
2013-09-09 11:56:05 AM
Great -- after having that earworm stuck in my head 37 years, I finally got rid of it last week.  Now it's back - aaaaargh!


/Drugs are bad - mkay.
 
2013-09-09 12:04:46 PM

saminman: [img31.imageshack.us image 850x88]


Win.
 
2013-09-09 12:09:12 PM

dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..


I suggest the original "American Pie" by Don Mclean.

Lap dances are better if the lady has to stop and apply lotion because she's starting to chafe.
 
2013-09-09 12:10:09 PM

AccuJack: dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..

I suggest the original "American Pie" by Don Mclean.

Lap dances are better if the lady has to stop and apply lotion because she's starting to chafe.


I thought they were better when the stripper is crying?
 
2013-09-09 12:19:38 PM

PizzaJedi81: AccuJack: dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..

I suggest the original "American Pie" by Don Mclean.

Lap dances are better if the lady has to stop and apply lotion because she's starting to chafe.

I thought they were better when the stripper is crying?


A chafed tender zone when she hasn't covered the rent yet would probably bring the tears.

/ I request _Heavenly Music Corporation_. No beat, but 21:17 of slow gyration can be pretty nice.
 
2013-09-09 01:10:43 PM
The lyrics of "Stairway to Heaven"  fit nicely into "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".   I searched for a youtube version but it doesn't seem to exist.

This is left as an exercise for the reader:

<accent' on the 1st and 4th beats of the 6/8 time of the E.F>

There's a lay'-dy  who knows' all that glit'-ters is gold' and shes buy'-ing a stair'-way to heav'-ennnnnn.

etc.......

Sing loud!
 
2013-09-09 02:02:16 PM
This thread has so much win,
 
2013-09-09 06:34:08 PM
Bud Selig is a former car salesman? That explains a lot.
 
2013-09-09 11:59:01 PM

PizzaJedi81: AccuJack: dolphkhan: PizzaJedi81: Oddest choice for a stripper song ever!

I always choose "Alice's Restaurant" when I'm trying to stretch that $20 lapdance out..

I suggest the original "American Pie" by Don Mclean.

Lap dances are better if the lady has to stop and apply lotion because she's starting to chafe.

I thought they were better when the stripper is crying?


hence the virtue of getting a lap dance to The Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald...
 
2013-09-10 12:45:31 AM
It reminds of that famous movie, The Rectum of Edmund Fits Gerald. OK maybe it wasn't famous.
 
2013-09-10 05:04:06 AM
Don't have a lot that can compete with the parodies, but I just wanted to say that, if you can find it, Jag Panzer did an absolutely awesome cover of this song.  Worth scouring the internet to find.
 
2013-09-10 06:37:39 PM
I love this song. When the wifey and I go to any one man acoustic show (which happens pretty regularly, believe it or not) I always request it and 9 times out of 10 they'll play it. Great to get drunk at a winery outdoors listening to it on solo acoustic guitar.
 
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