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 #67535  by deadguise
 Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:00 pm
By request from some fan's we're playing this tonight
(McGrath's Pub, 1539 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA)
written by Rodney Crowell, slow country beat...6/8?
The Dead played it twice I think...

California Earthquake

There was a California earthquake in the year of '83
C Em A D
It shook the living daylights out of the Owens County Seat
There weren't a building still left standing when the dust had cleared away
C Em D G
Just a rumble in the distance all the way to San Andrea

Sherman Buck was driving his old mule into town
When a big one came and shook so hard that it knocked him to the ground
Lord there opened up a hole so big he thought his time was up
Lord it swallowed up that poor old mule and it just missed Sherman Buck

California earthquake you just don't know what you've done
Em A D
We may fall off in the ocean, Lord you'll never make us run
You're a partner of the devil, Lord we ain't afraid of him
C Em D G
We'll build ourselves another town so you can tear it down again

Then came the quake of '99 that levelled Mission Creek
The earth was like an ocean churning with waves of twenty feet
Lord it sounded like a thousand trains were screaming underground
Clean across to San Joachim they heard that mournful sound


Then came one day the holocaust Lord on rocks of Franciso Bay
Miles of walls came down like old Jericho that day
Might near everything the earthquake missed a holy fire consumed
Just left 'em smoke and the ashes of the dreams that can't be ruined
 #67842  by neljeffz
 Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:18 am
willmusic wrote:Always liked this song. Now I wanna see if I can talk the band into tryin' it out tonight. Thanks for the reminder!
What made this earthquake unique was the fact that it started 8.4 miles below the surface. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough was quoted in the article in saying the tremor was a "bit deep."

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