Archive for April, 2009


The Flu Pandemic

   Posted by: Jay Lee    in General


Many, many years Greg Henkel wrote a song about the 1918 Flu Pandemic that killed over 20 million people worldwide.

The Flu Pandemic song became one of our most popular performance pieces. Despite the grim subject matter, the song is often referred to as “a happy little ditty about death” and brings smiles and laughter to those who hear it.

The current swine flu outbreak has generated a lot of interest in the song and is driving a lot of traffic to the band web site.

The song is available on our Loch Ness Monster CD which is available @ or from us directly.

Interestingly enough, there is a live version of the song that was recorded at Rockefeller’s during Son Of Blarneyfest in 1996 that I almost forgot existed. It predates the Loch Ness Monster studio recording by several years.

You can listen to it here

Or the studio version here

And there’s the version with the fan made video that’s quite entertaining

The Flu Pandemic

Copyright 1999 Topmast Productions and the Flying Fish Sailors

Chorus: It was the Flu pandemic
And it swept the whole world wide
It caught soldiers and civilians
And they died, died, died!
Whether they’re lying in the trenches
Or lying in their beds
Twenty million of them got it
And they’re dead, dead, dead!

There was a soldier on the battleground in 1917
He turned there to his buddy with his face a ghastly green
He said “We made it both through Passchendaele, the Somme, and Flanders too
But now my number’s up my lad for I’ve gone and caught the flu”


Well a nurse was in the hospital when Tommy was brought in
When he sneezed she caught a face full that was flying in the wind
She wrote a letter home to England to tell them of her plight
But the letter never got there ’cause the postman too had died


From the meadow-lands of Somerset and o’er the bounding main
To the shores of old Americay they sung the same refrain
Mothers, fathers, uncles and aunts as well as the odd nephew
Brothers and sisters and bosses and lovers were all got by the flu


Well a farmer out in China watched his family dropping down
And a businessman in Cairo hit the street without a sound
And an eager little Bolshevik in old Sevastopol couldn’t keep up his grinnin’ at Lenin as Comrade Virus took its toll

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2009 Houston Press Music Award Nominations

   Posted by: Jay Lee    in General


It’s nomination time for the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards. Please take a moment to fill out the online nomination form and nominate The Flying Fish Sailors for the “Best Folk” category

You don’t have to nominate someone for each category. Just fill in the ones you know.



Houston International Festival – 2009

   Posted by: Jay Lee    in General

The Flying Fish Sailors performed at the Houston International Festival this past weekend. The weather held and we were not washed away in a deluge like the performers on the previous Saturday. Thanks to Elaine Mesker-Garcia (aka @cybertoad) of Fresh Photography for these wonderful shots:

We have the rest of Elaine’s shots in the Flying Fish Sailors Photo Gallery.

And thanks to Sandy Grimm for this exceptionally linear photograph of the entire band!


Fish @ IFest

   Posted by: Jay Lee    in Calendar

Just a reminder that The Flying Fish Sailors will be playing two shows @ The Houston International Festival on Saturday April 25th. 12:30 at the stage and 6:30 at the Center Stage!


FFS @ Discovery Green – Earth Day 2009

   Posted by: Jay Lee    in General

The Flying Fish Sailors played at the 2009 Earth Day Festival @ Discovery Green. Thanks to the lovely and talented Cynthia we have photographic evidence of the event.

Additional photos from the event in the Flying Fish Sailors Gallery