"Ruination Day (Part 2)" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
And the great barge sank.
And the Okies fled.
And the great emancipater
Took a bullet in the head.

In the head,
Took a bullet in the back of the head.

It was not December.
Was not in May.
Was the 14th of April.
That is ruination day.

That's the day,
The day that is ruination day.

They were one.
They were two.
They were three.
They were four.
They were five hundred miles from their home.

From their home,
They were five hundred miles from their home.

When the iceberg hit
Well they must have known
That God moves on the water Casey Jones.

Casey Jones,
God moves on the water Casey Jones.

Lyrics submitted by HagbardCeline

"Ruination Day, Pt. 2" as written by Gillian Howard Welch David Todd Rawlings

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    General CommentThis song refers to 3 historical events that each occured on April 14 , or Ruination Day as she calls it. The assasination of Abraham Lincoln and the sinking of the Titanic occured on April 14. The okies fled line refers to the Dust Bowl migration in the '30s and specifically April 14, 1935, also known as Black Sunday when the worst dust storm of the era occured.
    s-squaredon January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso references the old songs "500 Miles" (a civil war ballad, I think, recorded by among others The Kingston Trio) and "Casey Jones", based on the true story of an engineer who crashed his own train but managed to save his passengers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    beer goodon August 30, 2006   Link

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