Music Video of the Day: The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace (1974, dir by ????)


Paper Lace was a British band.  None of them were from Chicago.  None of the had ever been to Chicago.  Certainly none of them had a father who was a cop in Chicago or a mother who cried and prayed the night that Chicago died.

In fact …. CHICAGO DIDN”T EVEN DIE!

Well, it came close once.  There was that whole fire that was caused Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.  I’ll be honest, though.  I think the cow was innocent.  I think Mrs. O’Leary just forgot to turn off the stove and she was too embarrassed to admit it.  So, the cow got blamed.

But that’s not what this song is about.  The song is about a huge gunfight between the police and the members of Al Capone’s gang.  However, the Chicago police never got into a gunfight with the Chicago Outfit, largely because Capone owned the cops.

I would also point out that, according to a friend of mine from the area, Chicago doesn’t even have an east side!

So, maybe the song isn’t historically accurate.  Listen, I’m from Dallas.  I know what it’s like when people assume that they know everything that they need to know about your city.  I know how annoying it is. I can’t tell you how many movies I’ve seen that supposedly take place in North Texas but which have big mountains in the background or people exploring caves.  There are no mountains in North Texas!  There is no east side in Chicago.

But, on the plus side, The Night Chicago Died has a killer bass line and you can sing along with it.  That’s always a good thing.  Plus, the drummer looks like he might have been a magician in his spare time.

Enjoy!

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!

2 responses to “Music Video of the Day: The Night Chicago Died by Paper Lace (1974, dir by ????)

  1. Great write, had a chuckle. 😂😂

    Song is even better.

    Capone owned the police, today the drug companies own the doctors/MD’s and the health system. Not much has changed. 🤮🤮

    Like

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