West Palm Beach Storm
DESCRIPTION: "On the sixteenth day of September, In 1928, God started riding early, He rode till very late. In the storm, oh in the storm, Lord, somebody got drowned in the storm." The singer alludes to several tragedies and warns people to "get the Holy Ghost."
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Morris)
KEYWORDS: storm death warning religious
Sep 17, 1928 - the "Okeechobee hurricane," having already done great damage in the Carribean, makes landfall in Florida near West Palm Beach. According to Wikipedia, the storm killed at least 2500 people in Florida and more than 4000 people overall.
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Morris, #48, "West Palm Beach Storm" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AFS1, pp. 323-324, "West Palm Beach Storm" (1 text)
cf. "Miami Hairikin" (subject)
NOTES: This is item dG47 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW
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