Song Lyric Sunday: Occupation

The song I’m sharing for Jim’s challenge this week is “The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace. Two jobs are referenced: cops and gangsters, so take your pick. I’m on the cops’ side.

The songwriters, Peter Callander and Mitch Murray, were/are British, and wrote the lyrics in 1974 as a fictional shootout, but it got a bunch of Chicagoan panties in a wad, notably Mayor Daley’s, who believed lyrics must be historically accurate apparently. I wonder how he felt about The Unicorn Song? πŸ˜‚

My daddy was a cop on the east side of Chicago
Back in the U.S.A. back in the bad old days

In the heat of a summer night
In the land of the dollar bill
When the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still
When a man named Al Capone
Tried to make that town his own
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!
I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

And the sound of the battle rang
Through the streets of the old east side
‘Til the last of the hoodlum gang
Had surrendered up or died
There was shouting in the street
And the sound of running feet
And I asked someone who said
“‘Bout a hundred cops are dead!”

I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!
I heard my mama cry
I heard her pray the night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

And ther was no sound at all
But the clock upon the wall
Then the door burst open wide
And my daddy stepped inside
And he kissed my mama’s face
And he brushed her tears away

The night Chicago died
Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

The night Chicago died
Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night it really was
Brother what a fight it really was
Glory be!

The night Chicago died
Na-na na, na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na
The night Chicago died
Brother what a night the people saw
Brother what a fight the people saw
Yes indeed!

https://youtu.be/Gz0Q0uRWqps

15 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday: Occupation

  1. good one paula! I had never heard it before!

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  2. Ooooh I remember this one. Great choice.

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  3. Paula it was great to hear this song again. I love the way it starts and stops and that na-na-na-na-na stuff.

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  4. Oh wow, I don’t remember that song, but it is rather cool. I do remember Paper Lace though. ‘Billy Don’t Be a Hero’ got to No.1 in the UK in 1974; it was the summer before we went to high school. (Where did all those years go?)

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  5. Excellent choice! When this song came out, my elementary school music teacher taught us the song. I remember going on a long car-ride and driving my parents crazy by singling it non-stop in my little 8 yr old voice.

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  6. Great choice!❀️

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