Rainey Street by Ross O Brown
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We drove to a house, and pulled up on the yard
paid a man 5 dollars so we could park the car
He said take a look at Rainey Street cause it ain’t gonna last
they’re tearing down the houses and building way too fast
We stumble in the street and the cars always stop
Most bars don’t really care if you smoke a little pot
All the girls are beautiful and they travel in large groups
They all end up at the Lustre Pearl spinning hula hoops
The sky is falling on Rainey Street the sky is falling on Rainey Street
It’s an empty bottle of spirit a 20 dollar bill, that’s turning obsolete
The sky is falling down, down on Rainey Street, the sky is falling down
Down on Rainey Street
Now a few years have passed and the Lustre Pearl is gone
Scrolling through my phone, I found this old song
So here’s to Rainey Street it’ll always live on
But if you want to go there you’ll have to listen to this song
Back in 1949, near Helena Montana, thirteen smokejumpers died when the winds changed on The Mann Gulch fire and trapped them on the mountain.
I first heard this story when I was in Business school at Montana State where they taught us how to avoid the communication problems that went wrong that day.
I later learned that the man who wrote A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean, wrote a book about this story as well. The book is called Young Men and Fire and you can check it out HERE.
I wrote this song after being inspired by that book and I recommend it to lots of people. If you’re interested in the origin of this song, see the video I released a long time ago, below.
For more information on The Mann Gulch fire click here.