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Come, come take my hand, they've called the last dance down at the farewell ball

Posted on 2006.23.02 at 22:08
How I feel about it all: pensivepensive
Soundtrack: Mark Erelli - The Farewell Ball
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Last year I sat in my car in the parking lot of the Block Island Ferry. I was early for the boat (which was a rarity), so I had time to listen to the NPR story that had been on since before I arrived. The story was Haunting the Quabbin, about the history of the Quabbin Reservoir that is now Boston's water supply. But once, there were four towns there. TPTB at the time thought it would be for the common good to flood the towns in order to bring abundant fresh drinking water to Boston. I think if you ask a lot of Bostonians, they'd have no idea where their water comes from. Bostonians on my flist, do you know?

Anyway, I sat in my car, and by the end of the story I was pretty much weeping. Not so much because these people lost their homes, although that was tragic; but moreso because the whole thing happened in the 1930s and there aren't many left who remember. It's history dying, and that's really sad. This story also makes me think about the Gaza Strip, and the people who had to leave their homes there. Displaced people everywhere, no matter what the politics may be.

I don't know why I thought of it tonight, but when I re-listened, the reaction was the same. We remember things like wars and genocides, and so we should, of course, but smaller things such as having to leave the homes they always knew, sometimes for generations, will be forgotten in just one or two of the next generations. I think that's as much of a tragedy.

Go read this, if you have time. It's a sad, lovely story that needs to be preserved. And you guys in Boston? When you run your water, raise a glass in honour and memory of the families who gave up everything so you could have it.

This song is a modern tribute, written about the last Firemens' Ball on the last day of the towns' existence. I'm glad someone's rememebering it. I'd love to go to the site someday.

Mark Erelli - The Farewell Ball

Lyrics are here.


loveneverfails at 2006-02-24 05:30 (UTC) ()
I knew about the reservoir when I lived up there!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-02-24 05:35 (UTC) ()
It's quite a story. It's interesting and moving to hear these people in their eighties talk about it and remember so much.
Pepper Sauce
ginamariewade at 2006-02-24 06:34 (UTC) ()
Thanks for posting yet another song. I have learned about such cool music through you.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2006-02-24 07:43 (UTC) ()
Thanks! I am such a music!Geek

In this case, though, the music is only the smallest part of the story. I live close enough to visit this summer, so I probably will.
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