Tunnels / An Irish Orphan

by The Union Electric

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The "Tunnels" / "An Irish Orphan" 7" was recorded in the winter of 2011. Both songs look back a hundred years in history for recurring issues of immigration and imperialism. Specifically, a subterranean world under the border and the crusade for human rights in the Belgian Congo.


released July 12, 2011

The Union Electric:
Tim Rakehell - vocals, guitar
Glenn Burleigh - guitars
Melinda Cooper - bass, piano, vocal
Mic Boshans - drums
Beth Bombara - accordion, percussion

with guests:
Dave Anderson - pedal steel
Kit Hamon - percussion

Recorded by Beth Bombara and Kit Hamon.
Cover art by Dana Smith.

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The Union Electric St Louis, Missouri

The Union Electric is made up of veteran St. Louis musicians Tim Rakel, Glenn Burleigh, Melinda Cooper and Mic Boshans. Depending on the date/time/weather, Beth Bombara, Jake DeLeonardis, Mary DeLeonardis and/or Brad Vaughn may also make intermittent appearances in the line-up.

UE has released five 7" records, a EP of cover songs, and the CD "Time Is Gold".
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Track Name: Tunnels
Tunnels (Under The Hotel Imperial) - with regards to William Vollmann, Joe Strummer and Woody Guthrie

In the shadow of the mountain of gold,
there are stories of tunnels of which no one speaks
In the days of the great fires raging,
when people came up, up from the ground

Under the street, like some late-night dream,
there's a tunnel under the Hotel Imperial
Building a railroad, a gold rush underground
Inventors of paper, inventors of gun powder

They came for work but they were not wanted,
condemned with the rats and the trash
They were not wanted here, so they go somewhere else
and now there are tunnels from here to there

Believe in something that you've never seen,
believe because it has to be there
That secret dragon haunts that desert,
in the heat with the whirlwinds and the quicksand

The ghost of that dragon haunts the desert
in the secret world along the borderlands
The hopeful and the hopeless all run together
and all night the people sing, please, send money home