My name is Dodge but then you know that

It's written on the chart there at the foot end of the of the bed

They think I'm blind that I can't read it
I've read it every word and every word it says is death
So confession Is that the reason that you came

Get it off my chest before I check out of the game
Since you mention it well there's thirteen things I'll name
Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters
August 49 North Montana

The hottest day on record the forest tinder dry

Lightning strikes in the mountains
I was crew chief at the jump base
I prepared the boys to fly

Pick the drop zone C47 comes in low
Feel the tap upon your leg that tells you go
See the circle of the fire down below

Fifteen of us dropped above the cold Missouri waters

Gauged the fire I'd seen bigger

So I ordered them to side hill we'd fight it from below

We'd have our backs to the river

We'd have it licked by morning even if we took it slow

But the fire crowned jumped the valley just ahead

There was no way down headed for the ridge instead

Too big to fight it we'd have to fight that slope instead

Flames one step behind above the cold Missouri waters
Sky had turned red smoke was boiling

Two hundred yards to saftey

Death was fifty yards behind

I don't know why I just thought it

I struck a match to waist high grass running out of time

Tried to tell them step into this fire I've set

We can't make it this is the only chance you'll get

But they cursed me

Ran for the rocks above instead

I lay face down and prayed above the cold Missouri waters

Then when I rose like the phoenix

In that world reduced to ashes

There was none but two survived

I stayed that night and one day after

Carried bodies to the river

Wondering how I stayed alive
Thirteen stations of the cross to mark their fall

I've had my say I'll confess to nothing more

I'll join them now those that they left me long before

Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters

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"Cold Missouri Waters" as written by Keelaghan


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    General CommentA death bed confessional made by 'smokejumper' Wagner Dodge about the events surrounding the Mann Gulch fire on August 5th, 1949. Dodge survived the fire with minor injuries but died 5 years later of Hodgkin's Disease.

    This is an impressive storyteller's song written by James Keelaghan recounting true events (even though some specifics have been widely debated).
    DailyBuzzon April 02, 2008   Link

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