Niagara Falls: The Musical

9 Nov

Harry Hepola wanders the streets of the twin cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario.  He looks for a job or a girl or a ray of hope of any kind.  Disconsolate he sings If You Can Get More Depressed Than Being Depressed in the Middle of a Depression Than, Buddy You Got Problems. Why, he couldn’t feel lower than if he fell over the nearby Falls.  Lightbulb!

Harry sings the exuberant  I’ll Fling Myself into Those Powerful Waters and if I Live I’ll Be Famous as he shops for adventure accoutrement on both sides of the border.

His plan soon captures the international imagination.  Ordinary citizens of two countries join to sing the lilting What’s a Nation without Imagination? This blends right into the rousing Over the Falls (We’ll Go with You…But Not Really).  A song that describes the symbiotic relationship of chauvinist politics, local boosterism, the death wish and mankind’s need for a Dream.

The great day arrives. Harry plunges over the Falls as a children’s choir sings the heart-breaking Falling, Falling, Falling. He is smashed to death by the cruel rocks below.

The crowd whisper sings Requiem for a Small Town Hero as his body floats away.

A long beat of silence. Then with a shout, Jean, the smallest boy on either side of the border climbs into an empty barrel. Everyone sings the roaring We’ll Be Back on Top, Again.

They continue to sing as the boy is passed hand over hand above their heads. Like a barrel floating on the waters of the mighty Niagara.



3 Responses to “Niagara Falls: The Musical”

  1. Richie DeMaria November 9, 2010 at 8:37 AM #

    I love your blog, Bill!

    • Richie DeMaria November 9, 2010 at 8:37 AM #

      not sure why i felt the need to include my last name…

  2. san jose chiropractor November 18, 2010 at 7:02 PM #

    ty 🙂

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