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  • "The Bravest"...Prairie Home Companion

    I heard this song tonight on the "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show...it's a rebroadcast from October 2001. Here are the lyrics...I think you can hear the song on the Minnesota Public Radio website (www.mpr.org). Thought you all might like it.....


    The first plane hit the other tower
    Right after I came in
    It left a gaping, firey hole
    Where offices had been.
    We stood and watched in horror
    As we saw the first ones fall.
    Then someone yelled "Get out! Get out!
    They're trying to kill us all."

    I grabbed the pictures from my desk
    And joined the flight for life.
    With every step I called the names
    Of my children and my wife.
    And then we heard them coming up
    From several floors below.
    A crowd of fire fighters,
    With their heavy gear in tow.

    CHORUS:
    Now every time I try to sleep
    I'm haunted by the sound,
    Of firemen pounding up the stairs
    While we were coming down.

    And when we met them on the stairs
    They said we were too slow.
    "Get out! Get out!" they yelled at us -
    "The whole thing's going to go"
    They didn't have to tell us twice -
    We'd seen the world on fire.
    We kept on running down the stairs
    While they kept climbing higher.

    CHORUS:
    Now every time I try to sleep
    I'm haunted by the sound,
    Of firemen pounding up the stairs
    While we were coming down.

    Thank God, we made it to the street;
    We ran through ash and smoke.
    I did not know which way to run -
    I thought that I would choke.

    A fireman took me by the arm
    And pointed me uptown.
    Then "Christ!" I heard him whisper
    As the tower came roaring down

    So, now I go to funerals
    For men I never knew.
    The pipers play Amazing Grace,
    As the coffins come in view.
    They must have seen it coming
    When they turned to face the fire.
    They sent us down to safety,
    Then, they kept on climbing higher

    CHORUS:
    Now every time I try to sleep
    I'm haunted by the sound,
    Of firemen pounding up the stairs
    While we were coming down.
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
    Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
    Paincourtville, LA

    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    title

    anybody have a title to this song and who sings it?
    BE ALERT AND STAY ALIVE
    Fire Fighter/Driver
    TLVFD, NY

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    • #3
      It's called "The Bravest" and it was written by Tom Paxton. It was sung on the show by Garrison Keilor (the host). I don't know if there are any recordings of it but like I said you can listen to it on the Prairie Home Companion website (it's a link from www.mpr.org)
      Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
      Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
      Paincourtville, LA

      "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
      — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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      • #4
        great

        Found it, thanks, awesome lyrics..
        BE ALERT AND STAY ALIVE
        Fire Fighter/Driver
        TLVFD, NY

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        • #5
          WOW

          What a song and very beautiful lyrics. MR. Tom paxton did a very wonderful job. If anyone wants the direct link to this song it is http://www.prairiehome.org/performan...3/bravest.html Thanks for letting us know it was out there.

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