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A SHARK IN NEW YORK WATERS
© 2007 Christine Lavin Music (ASCAP) administered by Bug Music

(inspired by the story in the New York Daily News
by Mike Jaccarino & Carrie Melago, 9.2.07)

It is the first of September
Rockaway Beach, Queens

the last weekend of the summer
one of those idyllic scenes
When all of a sudden
a fin slices through the water
striking fear in the hearts
of every parent son and daughter

it's a 6-foot thresher shark
heading for the shore
the kind of scary animal
a human can't ignore
The movie "Jaws" flashes through
the mind of every swimmer
those spiky teeth! those beady eyes!
there is no image grimmer
 
Just think about that movie
and the havoc that ensued
that monster shark looked at us
as tasty bits of food
And to this day a shark
can cause a panic -- people drown
but this is New York City
we're a different kind of town
 
That 6-foot shark
swims straight up to the beach
when he's stranded on the sand
the little children screech
And now he's surrounded
by a tough New York crowd . . .
what happens next is the kind of thing
that makes New Yorkers proud
 
Do they beat this scary shark?
do they let him die?
do they leave him for the seagulls
circling in the sky?
Do they run in horror? No . . .
rather than flee
those unflinching New Yorkers
push the shark back out to sea
 
They hold their breath because at first
he barely moves his fins
someone sighs, "ahhh, some ya lose
some ya wins"
but they watch him regain his strength
flip his tail, disappear
then those crazy, brave New Yorkers
give that shark a rousing cheer
 
Maybe it's professional courtesy
maybe it's who we are
maybe it's an incident
some would call bizarre
But even sharks in trouble
in New York can find a friend
unlike the shark in "Jaws"
this shark tale has a happy end
 
Unlike the shark in "Jaws"
this shark tale has a happy end!
 
The Band
Christine Lavin: voice and guitar
Brian Bauers: harmony vocals
Steve Doyle: bass
Danny Alvaro: accordion
Brian Bauers, Steve Doyle, Jed Fort,
Maury Nessen: tough NY crowd
 
Song produced by Brian Bauers, NYC