Monday, November 16, 2009

Songs honoring Amelia Earhart

Jonie Mitchell - Amelia (1976)




Red River Dave McEnery wrote this song on July 2, 1939, the day Amelia disappeared. He just needed something new for his band to perform so he wrote this song in the afternoon and performed it that night.




AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT (1939)
(Red River Dave McEnery)

Lyrics:
A ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky,
Amelia Earhart flying that sad day;
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July
Her plane fell in the ocean, far away.

Chorus:
There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.

She radioed position and she said that all was well,
Although the fuel within the tanks was low.
But they'd land on Howland Island to refuel her monoplane,
Then on their trip around the world they'd go. (This part is missing in this song)

Well, a half an hour later an SOS was heard,
The signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
In shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the blue Pacific, to a watery grave.

There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.

Well, now you have heard my story of that awful tragedy,
We pray that she might fly home safe again.
Oh, in years to come though others blaze a trail across the sea,
We'll ne'er forget Amelia and her plane.

There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.

1 comment:

Ann Birney said...

I enjoy the song; first heard it covered by Rosys Bar & Grill (who hae her going down in the Atlantic, but oh, well), and hearing it done by RE is a treat. One note: Earhart disappeared in '39, not '37(so maybe the song was written two years earlier than noted?).