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The Mirimachi Fire

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lyrics

This is the truth that I now tell you
Part of which my eyes did see
What did happen to the people
On the banks of the Mirimachi

Seventh evening of October
Eighteen-hundred twenty-five
Two hundred people died by fire
It scorched those that did survive

Some said it was because the people’s
Sins did raise like mountains high
They did ascend up to Jehovah
He would not see and justify

In order to destroy their lumber
And the country to distress
He sent the fire in a whirlwind
From the howling wilderness

’Twas in the Nor’west first discovered
Twenty-two men there did die
Then it passed across the meadows
To Newcastle it did fly

While the people were all sleeping
Fire seized upon the town
Fine and handsome were the buildings
They soon tumbled to the ground

Then it went on to Black River
Where it did kill sixty more
Then it made its way with fury
’Til it reached the briny shore

Burnt three ships that they were building
And two more at anchor lay
Some of those who saw that fire
Thought it was the judgment day

Forty-two miles by one hundred
This great fire did extend
All was done within eight hours
Not exceeding over ten

Kill the wild beasts of the forest
And in the rivers all the fish
Such another awful fire
To see again I do not wish

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from Words Of Wisdom, released November 13, 2007
Recorded by Carl Plaster at Fort Apache Studio
Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1992
Mastered by Dave McNair

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Brian Dewan Catskill, New York

Brian Dewan presents The Humanitarium—a series of folk compilations featuring songs he’s unearthed in old schoolbooks, at garage sales, in attics and basements, arranged for his instruments of choice: autoharp, electric zither, organ and accordion. Fans of Brian's original albums, his art, and his work with They Might Be Giants and the Blue Man Group will treasure the Humanitarium series. ... more

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