Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 14/01/18 – Natural Disasters

SLSI know it’s way past Sunday, and I know this is really not a Natural Disaster as specified in Helen’s challenge , but it is worth a listen.

This song was inspired by the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster in Wales. According to Robin, there actually had also been a mining disaster in New York in 1939, but not in 1941.

The song was written in 1967 and was the Bee Gees first recording after they had travelled from Australia to England.

I’ve given 2 versions for you to compare. I much prefer the earlier and original version. See what you think!

 

The New York Mining Disaster 1941

In the event of something happening to me,
There is something I would like you all to see.
It’s just a photograph of someone that I knew.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it’s like on the outside?
Don’t go talking too loud, you’ll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

I keep straining my ears to hear a sound.
Maybe someone is digging underground,
Or have they given up and all gone home to bed,
Thinking those who once existed must be dead.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it’s like on the outside?
Don’t go talking too loud, you’ll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

In the event of something happening to me,
There is something I would like you all to see.
It’s just a photograph of someone that I knew.

Have you seen my wife, Mr. Jones?
Do you know what it’s like on the outside?
Don’t go talking too loud, you’ll cause a landslide, Mr. Jones.

Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Hugh Gibb • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

21 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 14/01/18 – Natural Disasters

  1. anie

    again a wonderful song! I think the old version is better too. She is more authentic and brings this “bitter-sweet-sad-Hippie-atmosphere” to advantage. I love that, it’s very touching. The new version is perhaps technically a lot more perfect and sounds more “mainstream” but it lacks a bit of the relation to the time I fear.

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  2. I always liked the Bee Gees’ sound with the harmony and all. I think the earlier version of the song is better, but I like the later one as well. Thanks for sharing. It takes me back to my hippie days of old.

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  3. I remember the Aberfan mining disaster very well. A horrific event that haunted me for many years. It’s difficult to believe it happened over fifty years ago as like so many things, it seems like only yesterday.

    I agree Peter, the first version of the song has that raw quality that the later version lacked.

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    1. I am so glad to see that other people still have the memory of the Aberfan mining disaster. I have written a story about this on my blog too, as I remember the catastrophic events of that day, my first TV horror. My Mom and her family had been born in this area. Luckily for us, if she hadn’t been moved to Birmingham, it is likely that I would have attended that school at that time.
      I can never forget those haunting TV broadcasts.
      Yes, I agree with you Sue, that although, I love the Bee Gees, the Welsh version is the most memorable for me.
      I have saved those news posts, for my family legacy. Still upset and sad after all these years. Thank you Peter for sharing these memories and reminders. They should never be forgotten.

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  4. I love The Bee Gees and feel so sad that they are mostly gone. Their voices had a unique quality that fit their music like a hand to a glove. I didn’t know this was inspired by Aberfan – I remember that still too well …. one of those moments in childhood that are so terrible that they remain your life through even though your experience of them is observed on the faces of adults reading the news, the sadness in your parents voices, the dreadful pictures on the front of a newspaper.

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  5. I really liked the earlier version and thought there would be no way I would like to hear it “different”. But I did like the later version as well. Though for the ‘feeling’ I think the earlier version had more feeling to it.

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