Steve Goodman, who died of cancer in 1984 at the age of 36, was a brilliant songwriter--Johnny Cash included him as one of his favorites. The Chicagoan is best known as the writer of the often-covered "City of New Orleans."
In 1977 Goodman took the melody of a traditional, "Delia's Gone," and composed new lyrics for "Daley's Gone." Mayor Richard J. Daley, the legendary boss of Chicago, had died a few months earlier.
It's a great video--it includes montages of "Da Mare."
There never was another man who couldI visited Daley's grave on Memorial Day, it's at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth--he's buried about 100 yards from my father and my maternal grandparents--all Daley voters. Many other Daley voters are buried there--some exercised their franchise after their demise.
inspire more love or hate
if you were in the park and it was 1968.
It would be funny if Heaven was
just like the 11th Ward
and you had to know the right people
to receive your just reward.
On my way home I immediately thought of this song. Love him, hate him, or even if you are not sure--one thing is for certain--Daley was a colossus of his time, the last and greatest of the big city bosses.
As for Goodman--he left us way too early.
Memorial Day 2010, Worth, Illinois
My Mississippi Manifest Destiny: Johnny Cash's boyhood home
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