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Subject: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 May 04 - 08:25 PM

In the thread May I Have This Dance, my friend padre asked if I would post the lyrics to this song. I looked to see if it had already been posted and didn't find it (but then I am a little clumsy, finding things,) so I'll post it here. If I'm duplicating something... hey, I'm getting ollllllldddddd.

Just a little background on the song. During the 1940's an enterprising man took a flat topped boat used for moving houses on the river, built benches and posts with Japanese lanterns strung around the sides of the platform and created a dance floor. He painted it silver, bought a juke box and the latest records and named the boat The Silver Queen. This was during the height of the second World War, and when my Mother, my sisters and I walked down to the river to ride on the boat, there were always a few men home on leave, enjoying a slow dance with the local girls before heading back on duty. I was 6 or 7 years old then, and would get a good spot on one of the benches near the juke box and sit there with my 7up and a bag of OkeeDokie cheese covered popcorn and watch the dancers.

This song came to me, many years later. My friend Roy Harris recorded this song and it came out sounding like an English dance hall song.

Riding up the river, on the good ship Silver Queen
Dancing on the water for a dime
There's a young girl and a soldier, who's just come home on leave
And he asks her for a dance, just one last time


   And the music softly floats across the water
   And the lights are dim and distant on the shore
   And though those times are long since gone, they're not forgotten
   But they'll go riding on the Silver Queen no more

Each day she'd write a letter, remembering that night
Until the day he answered her no more
Now in a front room window, there hangs a faded star
And the Silver Queen lies empty on the shore

The reference to the faded star is for the flags that were hung in windows to indicate that a family member was wounded, or killed in battle. Many years after the war, the flags still hung in many front room windows I passed, walking to school.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: Amos
Date: 20 May 04 - 08:29 PM

Beeeyootifyul. Jerry!

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 20 May 04 - 09:28 PM

Now that's a Folk Song!

Got a tune/chords?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 May 04 - 10:38 PM

Hey, Robin:

The song is on my first Folk Legacy album... if I knew how to do midis, I'd be happy to post the melody, and then add the chords. Maybe someone else who has my CD or record knows how to do it, and could provide a midi.

A touching side story. In 1985, they celebrated the 150th anniversary of my home town, and had a parade. One of the floats was just a flatbed truck with a dozen or so folding chairs set up on it. On the side of the truck was a banner that said Gold Star Mothers. And there they were... gray haired ladies sitting erect and proud, remembering their sons who had died in the second World War. I was really overwhelmed by the sight. Some wounds never heal.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: Padre
Date: 21 May 04 - 12:13 AM

Jerry, Thanks for posting the words - it's a great song, and I have been humming the tune all day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 May 04 - 05:03 PM


You've captured another special moment.

Charley Noble

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Silver Queen
From: GUEST,Claire
Date: 19 Nov 08 - 09:55 PM

Wow, I grew up with my parents always playing folk music around my sister and I. I am 24 now, just got married. My dad bought me a fender about 4 years ago, because I've always wanted to learn how to play guitar like him. I finally took the time to get together with him and learn some basics, and so last night we sat next to the wood stove, and he asked me, "Well what do you want to learn?" And I said how about a song that you always sang us to sleep with, and he started teaching me how to play this one. I got home and wanted to find the lyrics so I could attempt to play the 4 chords and sing :) I get such great memories hearing this song, because he always sang it to us when we were little, and I never even payed attention to the words - Love this song. Thank you! Claire

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