“The Alabama Flood”

Author: listed as "Waite" on some recordings
Earliest date: 1929 (recordings, Vernon Dalhart & Andrew Jenkins)
Keywords: grief death river disaster flood
Found in: US

Description

A man on the levee warns that a flood is coming. A few are killed; those who have lost loved ones and homes mourn. The singer asks for a helping hand. Ch.: "Down in Alabama/In the water and the mud/Many poor souls are homeless from the Alabama flood"

Notes

It is a measure of how quickly the music industry operated that the Alabama flood of 1929 reached the peak of its damage on March 15; on March 21 Andy Jenkins and Vernon Dalhart were in the studios recording a song about it, and within a few weeks the records were on sale. - PJS

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