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Coinneach 31 Aug 98 - 05:50 PM
Roger Himler 31 Aug 98 - 06:29 PM
The Shambles 31 Aug 98 - 08:43 PM
Earl 01 Sep 98 - 01:01 AM
Jerry Bryant 01 Sep 98 - 09:47 AM
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Bob Schwarer 01 Sep 98 - 03:26 PM
The Shambles 01 Sep 98 - 04:55 PM
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Subject: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Coinneach
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 05:50 PM

Dick gaughan sings a song called "Geronimo's Cadillac" on his 1996 CD Sail On. Did Geronimo and Cadillacs ever meet?

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Roger Himler
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 06:29 PM

Coinneach asked about this song. I can't answer the question, but I can post the lyrics and chords from RUS.

They put Geronimo in a jail down south,
Where he couldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Sergeant, Sergeant, don't you feel,
There's something wrong with your automobile?
Governor, Governor now ain't it strange,
They didn't have no cars on the Indian range?
Warden, Warden, listen to me:
Be brave and set Geronimo free.

G D C G / C - G - :// (repeat 4X)

CHO: Whoa, boys, take me back,
I wanna ride in Geronimo's cadillac (X4)

Warden, Warden, don't you know,
That prisoners have no place to go?
Took Old Geronimo by storm,
Ripped off the feathers from his uniform.
Jesus tells me, I believe it's true,
The red man is in the sunset, too.
Took all their land and they won't give it back,
Sent Geronimo a Cadillac.

By Charles Quarto and Michael M. Murphy.

Enjoy the song.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: The Shambles
Date: 31 Aug 98 - 08:43 PM

Grateful if anyone out there can tell me more about this song and it's writers.


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Earl
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 01:01 AM

Written by Michael Murphy and Charles Quarto. I believe i t was based on a true story.


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Jerry Bryant
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 09:47 AM

I don't know anything about the origins of the song. All I remember is that it got a fair amount of radio play back in the 70's here in New England. Michael Murphy had a couple of hit songs then, his biggest being "Wildfire", I believe.

I've always loved the quirky juxtaposition of automobiles and Navahoes in the song. It's got a fine tune to it, as well. Also, the car in the song is named after a Native American chief itself, adding a nice extra layer of meaning.

JB


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Jerry Friedman
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 01:16 PM

Geronimo died in 1909, according to a few sources on the Web (another said 1908). When was the first Cadillac?

(Geronimo was Chiricahua Apache, not Navaho--though the two groups speak related languages.)


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: Bob Schwarer
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 03:26 PM

First Cadillac Oct 7, 1902 Model A. Also, this source says Cadillac was a Frenchman.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: Geronimo's Cadillac
From: The Shambles
Date: 01 Sep 98 - 04:55 PM

Is it currently P.C to refer to the 'red man' or 'red folk' as the song does?


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