The San Francisco Earthquake - April 18, 1906

The San Francisco Earthquake of April 18, 1906 was followed by a fire triggered by ruptured gas lines. The fire was made worse by the inept use of explosives and spread because of the lack of water resulting from the quake itself. Following the disaster, community leaders and politicians focused on the fire rather than the earthquake out of concern that if the city was seen as prone to earthquakes it would hurt business interests. Similarly the number of fatalities and the amount of property damage were downplayed. The official death toll was listed as 379 but subsequent research has estimated more than 3,000 people died in the disaster.

 

 

The Burning of Frisco Town – Bob Adam and Theron Bennett

‘Twas in the month of April, it was breaking day,
In the town of Frisco, an earthquake caus’d dismay
It started flames that burn’d away homes
of rich and poor as well
How many souls have perished
in those flames no one can tell.
Oh the sorrow and the anguish
for our lov’d ones who have gone
Who left us never to return upon that fatal dawn.

Ain’t I glad I am a Yankee, for I’m proud of my great land
Who so loyal to it’s needy stretch’d right out its helping hand
We will mourn for those who left us,
give the needy food and gown,
For our nation’s wrapp’d in sorrow
by the burning of Frisco Town.

Many dear ones parted upon that April day,
Brother, sister, mother and father all astray
Longing for their dear ones, awaiting their return
Anxiously they’re looking, and for some news they yearn
So while in all our sorrow, let’s not forget each one,
When you stretch forth a helping hand, it’s a duty nobly done.

Ain’t I glad I am a Yankee, for I’m proud of my great land
Who so loyal to it’s needy stretch’d right out its helping hand
We will mourn for those who left us,
give the needy food and gown,
For our nation’s wrapp’d in sorrow
by the burning of Frisco Town.
For our nation’s wrapp’d in sorrow
by the burning of Frisco Town.

Recording personnel:
Jon Waterman- Vocal, Guitar and Clarinet
Garth Retallack- Trombone
Jackie Damsky- Violin
Chris Paglia- Bass
Jeff Pearlstein- Drums

 

 

 


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