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raredance Lyr Req: Fire on the Water (Charlie Maguire) (10) Lyr Add: FIRE ON THE WATER (Charlie Maguire) 02 May 03


The lyric sheet from Charlie Maguire's "Harbor Lights" album (CD available at Joe's link above)has some differences from the lyrics tha Joe got from Lee Murdock's rendition. For the record, here are the words Charlie sang.

FIRE ON THE WATER (Charlie Maguire)

Fire on the water nearly got them all
The men on the Cartiercliff Hall
Bound from Dulth, to Montreal
On June fifth of that day.

"Fire, fire," the watch he cried
And then she blew, and six men died
The rest that could went over the side
In the icy waterway

Off Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw
Ship's master, Raymond Boudreault
And four others so badly burned
All we can do is pray

The Griffin took her under tow
And set course for Ontario
And she did burn as they did go
All the way to Thunder Bay

You've heard it said, in song and rhyme
Not the water, but the fire next time
But off Superior's coast line
They got both, without delay

In the notes Charlie says that he played a folk festival in thunder Bay a few days after the event. The ship caught fire on June 5; he had the song done by June 10. "Harbor Lights" is my favorite Maguire album. It's got a couple "cold" songs, 3 ship/water songs, 4 train songs, 2 fire songs (1 about a ship, 1 about a train) and some more.

Related trivia. A posting of ships in the Great Lakes for 2001 shows a "laker" called Algonorth registered in Canada to Algoma Central Corporation (founded as Algoma Central Railroad in 1899, it is Canada's largest inland shipping company) that says it was formerly named Cartiercliff Hall built in 1971. The suggests the fire damage was repaired.

rich r


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