I offer my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the Japan Tsunami and with that in mind offer 5 songs with natural disatsters, floods, storms, earthquakes and whatever else in the title, theme or lyric.
Bob Dylan – Hurricane: In Bob Dylan’s rather extensive and brilliant back catalogue one can find many highlights. This number is certainly one. Written about the plight of boxer Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter the song tackles the issue of ’60s racism like maybe no other.
Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s Gonna’ Fall: Another Dylan classic from his superb Freewheelin’ album.
The Doors – Riders on the Storm: Jim Morrison’s eerie, haunting vocal leaves one with the proverbial brown stuff in the boxers and that riff! Undeniably beautiful, yet undeniably disgusting.
Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks: The sheer force of Led Zeppelin’s cover of Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie’s blues belter is instant from pressing play. Led Zep manage to capture the true force of a storm in one song. It is the sonic representation of natural disaster.
T-Bone Walker – Stormy Monday Blues: Another blues classic which quite literally scares the life out of me every time I hear it!