The water’s rising and the rain’s still coming down
There’s a river five feet deep running down main street
Grab your children and head for higher ground
‘Cause the dam’s broke loose
And the flood’s gonna wash away this town

In the winter of ’96
Too much snow, too much rain would mix
And when that winter day turned warm
many a town will come to harm

And out on Chasebrook Road that night
That’s where some people lost their lives
One hundred feet wide and fifty feet deep Was a hole where the road used to be

Come hell or high water
Starts meaning a whole lot more
From Walton to Schoharie County
No one knew how bad it would be

Some got out and walked away
There’s other missing to this day
Scraps of clothing and paper
Float across the water where they once were


Lyrics submitted by OiSterHedPhan

100-Year Flood song meanings
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    General CommentOk, why does no one listen to string cheese? AHH! They have such talent, and more people need to get into this band, bc out of all the jam bands, this is in my top 5!
    daveandjackruleon September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThats a nice description of a flood there.
    RevelationTravison September 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis one's easy. It's about the January 1996 Flood in central New York State. Guitarist and songwriter, Bill Nershi is originally from the area.…"

    One of the Cheese's best songs.
    Forty3Hodownon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's so weird cuz after I graduated from high school my Math teacher was like I grew up with Bill and were good friends, he sends me all their cds and dvds, I too live in Central NY it sucks there lol!
    tayzha26on January 26, 2005   Link

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