Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earthquakes, Tsunamis And Giving Hearts! 11.3.11 Japan Tsunami (Part I of IV)

Earthquake, Tsunami In Japan (2011). Earthquake, Burning In Frisco (1906):
The nightmare repeats itself as our citizens of this earth bear yet another disaster when the earthquake and tsunami strike again. Just when the world was reeling from an aftershock because of the Christchurch shake, Japan is in ruins once more as the terrible twins rampage the country.

The Burning Of Frisco Town (composed by Theron C. Bennett with Bob Adams in 1906), the same man who penned, Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree, tells the tragedy that rocked the US and the world then. Do read the lyrics and think about the dilemma that is haunting Japan today:

The Burning Of Frisco Town
(Theron C. Bennett/Bob Adams)
The 18th day of April 1906
In old San Francisco
An earthquake shook the bricks
It started fires that burned away
Most rich and poor as well
How many souls have perished
In those flames no one can tell

Oh the sorrow and the anguish
For our loved ones who have gone
Who left us flashing memories
Upon that faithful dawn.

But I am glad I am a witness
And I'm proud of my great land
Who's so loyal to its needy
Stretched right out its helping hand
We will mourn for those who left us
Give the home this food and gown
For our nation's wrapped in sorrow
By the burning of Frisco Town

Many dear ones parted
Upon that fateful day
Earthquake fire and chaos
Drove families all astray
Longing for their loved ones
Awaiting their return
Anxiously they're looking
And for some news they yearn
So while in all their sorrows
Let's not forget each one
When you stretch for the helping hand
It's a duty nobly done...
Image: from Google Images
Article: Andy Lim


Roger said...

The scale of the disaster is so great that even the Japanese, famed for their resilience, will find it hard to cope.

Anonymous said...

Japan is facing a possible nuclear meltdown brought about by the one-two punch -- earth quake and the killer tsunami.
They are facing the greatest test of their resilience as a nation and I hope they pass.


ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Last official count: hundreds dead and five million buildings without power and water. A quarter million people are in emergency shelters.

Like the song says, they need a helping hand, so stretch out yours too. Send your donation.

Thanks for visiting.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Dear KML,

Thanks for comment. Reminds me of another song. Although the theme may be different, the lyrics are clear:

"First I was afraid I was petrified Kept thinking I could never live...

I grew strong, I learnt how to carry on...

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart/Kept trying hard to mend/the pieces of my broken heart.

I will survive...

Thanks for visiting.