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Stevie Ray Vaughn: Texas Flood

The Great Houston Flood of 1935 :  “The flood began on December 6, 1935, with a downpour that went on for two days, causing massive flooding of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous. Eight people were killed, and the Port of Houston was shut down for 8 months as its docks were submerged, the ship channel was clogged with mud and debris, and miles of railroad tracks were uprooted. Twenty-five blocks of downtown were underwater, as were 100 residential blocks. Property damage was estimated at $2.5 million, approximately $42 million in 2012 dollars. The damage and loss of life caused by this flood resulted in the creation of the Harris County Flood Control District, legislation passed by the 45th Texas Legislature in 1937.”

Well there’s floodin’ down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
Well there’s floodin’ down in Texas
All of the telephone lines are down
And I’ve been tryin’ to call my baby
Lord and I can’t get a single sound

Well dark clouds are rollin’ in
Man I’m standin’ out in the rain
Well dark clouds are rollin’ in
Man I’m standin’ out in the rain
Yeah flood water keep a rollin’
Man it’s about to drive poor me insane

Well I’m leavin’ you baby
Lord and I’m goin’ back home to stay
Well I’m leavin’ you baby
Lord and I’m goin’ back home to stay
Well back home are no floods or tornados
Baby and the sun shines every day

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  • tim August 30, 2017, 5:55 AM

    Whoa, never saw this rendition before…smokin’. Was thinking about this song driving home last night.

    Was lucky enough to see SRV three times before he died, 27 years ago last Sunday BTW. The first time was an all day, outdoor “Jazz” fest which he headlined and it started raining and lightening during his set so they had to cut it short. The next time he opened for Robert Plant, which was an odd pairing but a great show. Then the last time was a week before he died.

  • BillH August 30, 2017, 7:10 AM

    My smell test meter tells me the Houston flood of ’17 has been hyped into something it’s not. I’ve yet to see any images of water that’s more than knee deep except in an obvious floodway. The “catastrophic” things that have happened seem to be about what you always get from a city of 6 mil in any given week. Of course I have no way of knowing one way or another given the lying agenda of the media.

  • Bunny August 30, 2017, 7:42 AM

    Well, there is this, Bill. I’m not sure if it’s Houston proper, but close enough.

  • Rob De Witt August 30, 2017, 8:48 AM

    What the fuck does “Robin Trower meets the Lone Ranger” mean?

    Seems a reasonable question.

  • Bram August 30, 2017, 9:06 AM

    People could live there before air conditioning?

  • John The River August 30, 2017, 12:59 PM

    Galvaston Texas, Flood of 1900.
    12 thousand dead.

    So if we go back to the CO2 generation levels of 1899, all is well? (after removed all the Confederate statues first, of course!)

  • Patrick O'Hannigan August 30, 2017, 6:07 PM

    Great song choice, Gerard. If you’re taking nominations for other such, may I recommend Jackson Browne’s “Before the Deluge”?

  • Nori August 30, 2017, 7:20 PM

    Anyone see any posts from Jim, Sunk New Dawn? Galveston took a mighty whallop from H.Harvey; wondering if Jim is ok.

  • Bunny August 31, 2017, 2:55 AM

    He has been commenting since Harvey at ace.mu.nu. Last I saw, he was fine but don’t remember the particulars.

  • Nori August 31, 2017, 6:59 AM

    Thanks, Bunny. I read Ace every day, but not all the comments.

  • Fuel Filter August 31, 2017, 8:01 AM

    In my youth I had the chance to see SRV at the old Los Angeles Sports Arena but blew my chance. He and Double Trouble were the opening act for the great Jeff Beck.

    I didn’t know about him so I passed on the concert. I have been kicking my own ass for it ever since.

    BTW, he was *hugely* influenced by Albert King. There are a number of UTube videos of them together in the studio or just jamming together. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed. 

  • SteveS. September 2, 2017, 12:48 AM

    Talk about a great blues tune. Check out “Flood in Houston” by Savoy Brown. Vocal extrordinaire courtesy Chris Yolden