Harry Chapin - 30,000 Pounds Of Bananas Lyrics




It was just after dark when the truck started down
The hill that leads into Scranton Pennsylvania.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Carrying thirty thousand pounds (hit it Big John) of bananas.

He was a young driver,
Just out on his second job.
And he was carrying the next day's pasty fruits
For everyone in that coal-scarred city
Where children play without despair
In backyard slag-piles and folks manage to eat each day
About thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, just about thirty thousand pounds (scream it again, John) .

He passed a sign that he should have seen,
Saying "shift to low gear, a fifty dollar fine my friend."
He was thinking perhaps about the warm-breathed woman
Who was waiting at the journey's end.
He started down the two mile drop,
The curving road that wound from the top of the hill.
He was pushing on through the shortening miles that ran down to the depot.
Just a few more miles to go,
Then he'd go home and have her ease his long, cramped day away.
And the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes the smell of thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

He was picking speed as the city spread its twinkling lights below him.
But he paid no heed as the shivering thoughts of the nights
Delights went through him.
His foot nudged the brakes to slow him down.
But the pedal floored easy without a sound.
He said "Christ!"
It was funny how he had named the only man who could save him now.
He was trapped inside a dead-end hellslide,
Riding on his fear-hunched back
Was every one of those yellow green
I'm telling you thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

He barely made the sweeping curve that led into the steepest grade.
And he missed the thankful passing bus at ninety miles an hour.
And he said "God, make it a dream!"
As he rode his last ride down.
And he said "God, make it a dream!"
As he rode his last ride down.
And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars,
Clipped off thirteen telephone poles,
Hit two houses, bruised eight trees,
And Blue-Crossed seven people.
It was then he lost his head,
Not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.
And he slid for four hundred yards
Along the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania.
All those thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

[Ending 1:]
Yes, we have no bananas,
We have no bananas today
(Spoken: And if that wasn't enough)
Yes, we have no bananas,
Bananas in Scranton, P A

[Ending 2:]
A woman walks into her room where her child lies sleeping,
And when she sees his eyes are closed,
She sits there, silently weeping,
And though she lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania
She never ever eats ... Bananas
Not one of thirty thousand pounds .... of bananas

[Chosen Ending:]
You know the man who told me about it on the bus,
As it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania,
He shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head,
And he said (and this is exactly what he said)
"Boy that sure must've been something.
Just imagine thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.
Of bananas. Just bananas. Thirty thousand pounds.
Of Bananas. not no driver now. Just bananas!"





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  1. Soundmanfh

    Eugene Sesky was barreling at 90 mph down two-mile drop on 307 into Scranton and had no brakes. Driven there many times. Witnesses said he climbed out onto the running board and was waving and screaming to warn others. They also say he purposely flipped his rig over to avoid the gas station at the bottom of the hill. He was able to avoid killing or even injuring many people. He is a hero in every sense of the word.

  2. Frank Stillo

    Thinking of Harry after a day when a bananna taped to a wall sold for $120,000 at an art show in Florida.

    And to think that $120 grand Bananna could have been one of 30,000 pounds of Bananas headed into Scranton Pennsylvania on any given day ...

    Remembering Harry Chapin 😎 ...

  3. Joseph Gillette

    I LIVE 5 BLOCKS FROM WRER IT HAPPEN ITS AMAZING NO ONE WAS KILLED BUT THE DRIVER I KNOW HIS SON HE WAS REALLY PISSED OFF

  4. Ken Is Free

    I may have been at this concert

  5. sircat

    I say him perform at the Paramount in Seattle back in I think 1975, Great concert, lots of energy and stage presents. I would have liked to see where he had taken his craft.

  6. Derek M. Theriault

    #ugottalisten2b4udie

    ...& he said, "God, make it a dream!"

    as he rode his last ride down.

    & he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars,

    Clipped off thirteen telephone poles,

    Hit two houses, bruised eight trees,

    & Blue-Crossed seven people.

    It was then he lost his head.

  7. Ed M

    One of my mom’s favorite singers. RIP Mom 😔

  8. adele coombe

    My favorite person saw him in concert just before his death. I miss him in my life.

  9. Lynn Birdsall

    Just for fun

  10. jackfrostyfly

    Is john his brother ??

  11. john fenyar

    this os one gentleman who belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of fame. Music/Service.... Come on people!

  12. Kacie Capwell

    This song is just as disgusting as this lieing piece of shit was , signed the drivers grand daughter! Just remeber how this pos died. Karma sucks!

  13. Keldoll Studios

    Wow u guys R JAMMIN ⚘⚘

    kevin gardner

    Hey young lady... love it 🤗😄😄😄

    Keldoll Studios

    kevin gardner lol Kevin I'm back again ⚘⚘

    Keldoll Studios

    kevin gardner want to dance? 🤣🤣

    kevin gardner

    Good to see u again🌸🌸

    kevin gardner

    Which floor😄😄🕺🕺🕺🕺

  14. Matthew Peacock

    Wait a min... big john is the same guy who hits the high notes on taxi what a vocal range

    Shane Valentine

    5 octaves back in the day ;)

    Just us

    5 octave range

  15. jason madigan

    He doesnt miss a beat, legend

  16. Andrew Power

    What a tremendous loss. Graduated high school in mid 70s, my 2 buddies and I saw Harry the 1st time was 7th or 8th grade and since there was still a hippy or 2 around then, that and ol' Harry was known to cuss (*gasp!* lol) so we had to tell the parents we were going to a movie until we we ALL grown up & didn't have to tell no body nuttin, including the parents, we didn't tell them where we were going - ever, it seemed once the 2nd day of our freshman year in high school! Oh to be that lucky & stupid again!

  17. Kittymom1026

    I loved him...

  18. Kittymom1026

    I love this song!

  19. Stormy

    my dad seen him in concert...before I was born...I grew up on him, James Taylor, Janis Ian, Cat Stevens. they are a big part of my musical inspiration.

  20. Max Dolof

    When is the next video

  21. Judy Kinne

    Harry was not mocking the horrific accident; rather the horrific apathy at most people talking about the Mashed Bananas ! Please , he was a great humanitarian, for his founding WHY ? - World Hunger Year; which is still alive and well; his family and friends carrying on his legacy . He certainly belongs in The Songwriters' Hall of Fame , in my humble opinion, but then I only knew him a few minutes/ hours , back in 1975 !

    Dennis Hoskins

    You're Absolutely right Judy Kinne..It's GREAT to find others who love Harry as much as I do....Dennis

    Colleen H

    What is also true is "human nature". Sometimes it's heroic and admirable; other times it's base and vile and despicable. There are many, many songs written that trivialize horrific disasters. Does anyone remember the jaunty little tune (I learned it at Girl Scout Camp! It's still online in Scout songbooks!) "Titanic" ? "Uncles and Aunts, little children lost their pants" ?? OMG I'm embarassed to hum the tune now. Comedians tell jokes about death and other dark subjects. Human beings all deal with these topics in myriad ways. Sometimes the consensus is that a line has been crossed. Sometimes it's no big deal. I think we'll always have some who will memorialize things in less than reverent terms.

    Olivia Driver

    He has a cousin here in NC, name is Bill Chapin.

    Gabe G.

    Lol maybe he was singing about the cocaine in that 30000 pounds of bananas!! ;) http://wjla.com/news/offbeat/14000-pounds-of-cocaine-found-disguised-as-bananas-in-texas

  22. Kristen Schneider

    It doesn't get any better than Harry.

  23. David marzolino

    My grandfather used to love this song but then again it didn't take much to amuse him

  24. Tim Spriggs

    He could make you cry with his songs. How many musicians can do that?

    Alyson onOahu

    Tim Spriggs ...they touch the universal truth and then tell us....

  25. Connie Nesmith

    What did I just SAY ? 30,000 # of Bannannassssss

  26. cakara

    I miss him sooooo much. He did the greatest concerts that I ever have been to. Rest in Peace Harry, Job well done!

  27. cakara

    I miss him sooooo much. He did the greatest concerts that I ever have been too. Rest in Peace Harry, Job well done!

    Honey Ann

    I KNOW! Whenever anyone asks me what were the best concerts I've ever seen (and I've seen TONS with big names...) Harry's is always in the top .... he was a GREAT entertainer!!!

  28. Jeff Rothal

    Such a classic. I was reminded of it today, when someone posted this article (from a couple years ago), with the headline: Big Rig Carrying Fruit Crashes on 210 Freeway, Creates Jam: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-big-rig-crash-20130520-story.html

    Colleen H

    +Jeff Rothal And the legacy lives on....only this guy lived to tell the tale :D http://komonews.com/news/local/semi-truck-hauling-45000-pounds-of-bananas-overturns-on-i-5

    Jeff Rothal

    Colleen--thanks for sharing this great story!

    Colleen H

    @Jeff Rothal You are most welcome! I went to college in Bellingham; this accident happened south of there. A place I drove through many weekends, from my home in Bothell and back to school. Beautiful area, and I am glad this driver didn't suffer the same fate as Harry's guy! 

    Jeff Rothal

    +Colleen H These things must be pretty common in agricultural areas. Earlier today we had a rig crash while carrying 30,000 pounds of...strawberries: http://www.ksbw.com/news/southbound-highway-one-closed-south-of-carmel-highlands/39646246?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_campaign=KSBW%20TV%20Action%20News%208&Content%20Type=Story

    Kyle Costa

    Jeff Rothal I bought a banana at the store

  29. Derek M. Theriault

    #ugottalisten2b4udie

  30. Eric Talerico

    And today, its 70,000 pounds of bacon.
    http://www.wthr.com/story/29254390/70000-pounds-of-bacon-spill-in-illinois-amtrak-crash

  31. FlairFan2003

    So many of Harry's stories were based in part on real life events. This might be the most famous, from 1965, but songs like "Taxi" (born out of his depression for taking a taxi driving job to support his family while his music career floundered), "Cat's In The Cradle" (based on a poem his wife composed about the complex and sad relationship her ex husband had with his dad), "Mr Tanner" (based on a review of an actual concert in NY by a local mid western business man), "WOLD" based in part on the life of a popular Erie PA DJ who championed Chapin's music on the radio, and so many more based on stories and people he met first hand in his travels. His story telling ability was second to none among American Song Writers of the time, his concerts warm, outgoing, outrageous and fun affairs, his generosity and devotion to helping those less fortunate (doing 130 plus benefit shows every year) truly extraordinary....he is an individual sorely missed.

  32. atoRozneroL

    This story is for you, Harry:   http://www.ksbw.com/news/banana-truck-engulfed-in-flames-on-highway-101/32404342?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_campaign=KSBW%20TV%20Action%20News%208%20-%20ksbw8&Content%20Type=Video&linkId=13593686

  33. Byte Deity

    My mom told me about the accident. Infact, she was just next door , when it happened. When she was a lot younger.

    notemeal

    I actually spoke to a man who owns the house that the truck "touched" as it came to a grinding halt. The man was a lifer at the Mr. Peanut offices in Wilkes Barre, but I digress. It was at the corner of Moosic Street and Irving Avenue that the truck came to rest.
    It was actually a gory scene as the truck took out a few telephone poles and ripped off a couple of porches and he actually was decapitated.

    Back in the olden days and right after the accident, a couple of miles up the road at Lake Scranton there was a sign which read "All trucks must stop. Go in first low gear. Obey or pay". At first the city actually posted a cop there 24 hours a day. Eventually they changed the rules so that NO trucks whatsoever could proceed down that grade.
    The problem with the grade was that, where they had you stop, the road was practically level. It then became a slight downhill seeming to be a nothing of a hill. Drivers would think that it was a bunch of crap that this was actually a pretty tame hill and what was all the fuss about. They might even upshift a gear or two as it was practically level for the first half mile or so.
    What they did not realize is that the hill ever so slightly becomes steeper and steeper as you go. So the next thing the driver knew was that the engine had gained so much speed that he could not downshift, in fact he had to upshift to keep the motor from flying apart due to excessive RPMs. In trying to find the next gear, a lot of the time the driver had already gained too much speed and could not get it back in gear. All this time, since his first inkling that there was a problem, he was mashing down on the brakes. At this point the brakes were hot, very hot. When a truck's brakes get hot, it is as if you are stepping on the pedal and nothing is happening. All of this time too, the slope of the hill keeps increasing.
    I would image that about the time the driver hit Harrison Avenue, he was doing, as the song says, 90 miles an hour and got launched over the flat area that was Harrison. The truck eventually came to a halt after laying over and disgorging its contents and a great deceleration for a block.

    End of story.

    Byte Deity

    That actually was very interesting. Thank you for the story, notemeal

  34. Pocono Jeff

    It's amazing the command this man possessed over his audience. Obviously earned by his generous, humble & charismatic nature.

  35. Katy Kiryluk

    i live 15 minutes away from where it happened

  36. UncleMikeNJ

    The real crash happened 50 years ago today, March 18, 1965.

    UncleMikeNJ

    @***** No, I've never set foot in Scranton, only been through it in cars and on buses. But looking at the Scranton-Pocono Highway, which becomes Moosic Street, on a map, I can easily imagine that being "the curving road that wound from the top of the hill," around Lake Scranton.

    Judy Kinne

    +UncleMikeNJ  + Jeff Suwak ~ I was born in Scranton, and lived there on and off , and that very hill up Moosic Street past Lake Scranton has not changed much ; right down to the " scenic overlook "

  37. Mizzy's Parrots

    I always was ok with this song, until I got older and realized the extent of the accident.  I feel as though this song pokes fun of the situation.  The driver was a hero, he sacrificed himself in order to save all of the people he saw ahead of him.  He was brutally crushed to death by the trailer of this truck, and it was his first day on the job.  My father was there, saw it happen. The poor man left behind a family and children. And even though he died and his feet were visible from under the truck, everyone in the area was rooting through the bananas and stealing them.  Ridiculous.  But anway, I feel as though this rather "jumpy" song does no justice to the real man who lost his life to save everyone who later stole from his truck!   I am currently working on a video about the history of this, and in that video my father has agreed to be interviewed and speak out about his experience!

    Judy Kinne

    As it has been said : " different strokes for different folks - can't wait to move out of " The Pennsylvania we ( I )   never found ..." Billy Joel " Allentown "

    Charles Gallo

    A friend's nephew lives upstairs from the son of the driver. They have never forgiven Harry

    brady boynton

    I drive semi trucks sometimes for work. The driver should have down shifted. Harry was not poking fun at him.

    Jeff Miller

    There's more to the story. Harry Chapin died in an accident on the Long Island Expressway when struck from behind by a runaway tractor trailer.
    https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/17/obituaries/harry-chapin-singer-killed-in-crash.html

    Jeff Miller

    I used to drive 18-wheelers loaded with Coors beer out of Golden, CO, and they loaded the trailer to the max limit of 80,000 lbs. Hauling that much weight down a steep mountain highway is serious business.

  38. showlogicprod

    Now, what would be REALLY funny, twisted, and at the same time ACTUALLY dangerous, is if the guy who pulled the banana on the stupid cop in Grand Junction CO this past Saturday had a dump truck full of... you guessed it....

  39. Green Infrastructure Buffalo NY Buffalo NY

    He was one of America's greatest human beings that possessed so much generosity and unselfishness....... A person of great integrity and talent that should be honored far more than we all do. 

  40. Ross Finley

    I can't think of Harry and not smile and wonder what if.  A talent like his is the exception not the rule.  He made our world a better place to be. We will not forget.

    Matthew Corsaro

    If only he were here now

  41. James Forsythe

    Omg my dad used to listing to this song haha long live the classics

  42. CriswellKOL

    Harry played at our high school. Of course, he played a LOT of Long Island high schools. Driving to another free concert at Eisenhower Park, some sort of mechanical failure or a heart attack caused him to slide across 3 lanes of the Long Island Expressway, bounced off the guard rail, and the tractor trailer (a supermarket delivery truck) couldn't get out of the way fast enough. He was 38.

  43. ufuzzY58

    Harry was great, I was lucky to see him several times in the 70's in Kansas City. What a shame that he is gone! My kid grew up listening to this song and many others. Brings back alot of happy times.

  44. atoRozneroL

    I wish Harry was still alive to see this story about truck overturning a few blocks from me with 30000 pounds( yes! Read the story!) of squid.

    michiganriverman

    Yesterday a truck overturned near Brighton, Michigan carrying 38,000 pounds of...........bananas!

  45. stargazer4653

    THIS BRINGS BACK GREAT MEMORIES,  THIS WAS THE ANTHEM AT THE HOSPITAL BARRACKS AT LUKE AFB.

  46. Peypey plays

    08:44 my favorite part. I love how they conspired against him with their own version!

    Bill Edison

    Yes! I would have paid good money to hear Big John keep going with that funkified version of Taxi!

  47. BoNgLoBiLl

    A song of home

  48. Kevin LaFaso

    saw harry a few years before this at a little college in new jersey he played for almost 4 hours loved this man way beyond music

    Michael Mcaleer

    was the college Trenton state college in 1979

  49. lisalynn zeger

    we certainly lost a awesome talent! Taken too soon! Miss you Harry, Lisa of PA

  50. Tanner Lenhart

    its probably been resurfaced a number of times. they've also redone the intersection at the foot of the hill that the truck blew through.

  51. Doc Kazoo

    Sure miss him! Even the cheap seats were great! I do believe that I went to one of the concerts on this tour at the University of N Fla. in the 70's. I recognize the bass player and stage setup. What a treat, thanks for sharing!!!

  52. Sly McFly

    assholes

  53. benja54

    He sounds like Mrs Bighead at 9:55

  54. Fretless99

    I wish you all the best, bro...

  55. UpTweakin

    You can always count on the cheap suits.

  56. rubicon1983

    Can you still see the skidmarks from the accident?

  57. trickyx12000

    was it not the 26th of march 1965??

  58. Jennifer Reichart

    I grew up outside Scranton in the 70s-80s. I'd never heard this song until I went away to college. It's my understanding that the song was banned locally from the radio, as courtesy to the driver's family. Now, I live within blocks of the accident site. And although I recognize the satire in the song and I can feel the enjoyment of the song's rhythm, I can't help but feel sad for the driver himself. RIP.

  59. Estella1507

    And since then you can't drive a truck on that road.

  60. Tony Leone

    Harry is my idle. Watch for my video on youtube..A Letter to Harry. Harry I miss you. I guess I will be seeing you sooner than I thought..This disease is progressing faster than I hoped.

  61. Les deHamer

    OMG!!! I was surfing, just remembering my time in Hamilton ... and came across this video. Thank you for posting it .. I was at this Concert. It was my third visit with Harry. I had the pleasure of actually meeting he and his brother Tom. I miss him and his his music. He truly was the ULTIMATE story teller. Thanks Harry..

  62. Paul

    I was fortunate to hear Harry perform this at The Greek.

  63. wartmiller

    I like this song, but I didn't know the driver of the truck died.. If it was just a big mess of bananas then it's funny.. The fact that someone died in the event makes it a bit tasteless to mock..

    Shane Valentine

    It wasn't intended to mock the event. It was intended to mock the inhuman reflection of the event, as reflected by the man on the bus, as having so many mashed bananas even though a man died.

  64. Justin Fischer

    One of my favorites, what a great, empathetic storyteller
    My first ever concert with my parents as a little kid, loved him ever since
    R.I.P. Harry

  65. Kurt Blake

    Is there any monument there?

  66. William Johnston

    Thirty thousand pounds of... Bananas!

  67. NilTheKnight

    Scranton, Pennsylvania!

  68. Kurt Blake

    This guys brother was my principle in Elementary school.

  69. Mark Bowes

    I challenge you to listen to this song and NOT tap your foot to the beat

  70. unspoiledtrain

    This is ALSO my FAVORITE song by him... My parents took me to his concert when I was 6 because I loved him so much! First and best concert EVER!!

  71. corvairjim1

    This is my all-time favorite Harry Chapin song... and I really like Harry's music! The thing that most impressed me in this video: He breaks a string at about 3:20 in the video. He calmly removes the capo from that guitar, picks up a spare guitar from beside his stool, puts the capo on that one, all without missing a beat in his singing! THAT's a showman!

    I just have to wonder about the two "dislikes" this video has... What's not to like?

    Russell Nelson

    It's a true story, and the driver died, doing his best to avoid killing anyone.

  72. Russell Hudson

    MISS YOU!

  73. paradoxb3

    There were many lives lost that fateful day in 81, due to the overwhelming amount of audience precipitation...

  74. Tim Olsen

    Having seen him perform 9 times, I can truly say a Harry Chapin concert was always a wonderful experience. A great performer having fun playing his music. A man that cared for his fellow man, often playing over 100 concerts a year for organization fundraisers. He was also the co-founder of the World Hunger Year foundation.

  75. knoxvilleguy2

    You can see that he's genuinely having fun with this song.

  76. Nancy Thornton

    I always loved this song growing up, now I got go find some of the others I love like 6 String Guitar I hope I am remembering the name right. I was just a kid when I saw Harry in Concert right before he died, it is one of my favorite childhood memories.

  77. UncleMikeNJ

    By a weird turn of events, today, on the anniversary of Harry's birth, his Facebook page has just over 30,000 Likes.

  78. knoxvilleguy2

    @crappy4478 If I could travel back through time to view & chronicle the lives of some of the best songwriters of the 20th century, he'd be on the list.

    We need some GOOD music to counter the dreck that is Justin Bieber & Lady Gaga, etc. If I sound like an " old fogie " so be it.

  79. screwyootube1

    @versatialproductions 2 people... SUCK!

  80. versatialproductions

    2 people disliked this?!

    haters gonna hate..

    Russell Nelson

    It's a true story, and the driver died, doing his best to avoid killing anyone.

  81. WayneYonke

    I don't mind this song, but his brothers and the rest of the band really did t like it. They had several ways to end it live in concert. And before anyone hates on me... This came from his brother... The catch phrase "Harry, it sucks!"

  82. librarylady61

    Boy, wouldn't Harry have loved "Occupy Wall Street"?
    I had the luck to see him live in concert outdoors during a fall festival in downtown Albany, back around 1980 and will always cherish the memory.

  83. easyriderz45827

    I never had the pleasure of seeing Harry live but i love him rest in peace my brother you will never be forgotten,your music will live in my heart forever:)

  84. Ellen K

    I never had the Pleasure of Seeing Harry Live -A sin if you ask me-But I will always remember him fondly-I love you always Harry -you changed my life-!

  85. Ellen K

    I never had the Pleasure of Seeing Harry Live -A sin if you ask me-But I will always remember him fondly-I love yo always Harry -you changed my life-!

  86. crappy4478

    top 3 harry chapin story songs:
    3.) cats in the cradle
    2.) taxi
    1.) 30000 pounds of bananas
    if could bring back a songwriter the world needs right now, harry chapin would be the one i'd recover. if God was willing to let him go, of course.

  87. Susan Balkan

    Wow, I could've been at this concert - if it was a year earlier. I saw him in Rochester, NY, while I was a freshman at Brockport State Univ., in 1979 or 80. Then, in the fall of '80, I transferred to college in Long Island - where, Harry sadly, died shortly thereafter. Ironically, I then moved to PA in '84, after college & lived near Scranton with my husband (now ex) who actually worked at the bottom of that infamous hill in Scranton. That was definitely, one VERY treacherous hill!

  88. UncleMikeNJ

    Thirty years. Where Harry is now, they're all cheap-seat people in far more comfortable accomodations.

  89. Nick Calidonna

    Hamilton? The college or the city in Ontario?

  90. TroopAbn Abn

    I see the comment that Rod Serling of "Twilight Zone" was from Binghamton, NY.. I didn't know that. I did know that Rod was a member of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, "11th Airborne Division" during World War 2. Another member of "The Greatest Generation" that made it. Airborne, All The Way!

  91. UncleMikeNJ

    @stilltheoneeg "The Office" and Joe Biden haven't exactly helped. Usually the only good news the city gets is when a Yankee goes there for injury rehab in Triple-A ball.

    Could be worse: Nearby Binghamton, New York has 2 claims to fame: Home town of Rod Serling, and a Mets farm team -- talk about a "twilight zone."

  92. UncleMikeNJ

    @whomajigi By '70s standards, he was normal-looking.

  93. Danny U

    Seski was driving a 1950s Brockway diesel truck tractor with a 35-foot semi-trailer while and was headed down Rt. 307 when he suddenly lost control. The "two-mile" descent extends from Lake Scranton down to the bottom of Moosic Street the truck eventually crashed at the SW corner of Moosic St and S. Irving Ave. For some reason, the truck cruised into Scranton at about ninety miles-per-hour sideswiping a number of cars before it crashed, killing the driver and spilling bananas everywhere

  94. TheQuikdraw67

    I drive down Moosic Street every day on the way to work.

  95. DrSamba

    Sammydudehatequack Actually, the truck driver did die. Some people in Scranton didn't appreciate the song. They thought it was exploitative of the tragedy.

    I've loved the song for over 30 years. My heart goes out to the driver's widow and children, but I still love the song.

  96. Allie Johnson

    Harry, keep the change. You can still count on the cheap seats. I still love and miss you <3

  97. Arthur Adams

    Harry.... it sucks.

  98. Edgarsquires

    Harry, we all miss you so much. -JohnnyO

    I was a Chapin fanatic but for various reasons, never got to see him live. I guess I thought I catch him eventually. So sad. I remember exactly where I was when I heard that he had died.

    This guy was a genius, an incredibly talented songwriter, a visionary and a human being with a deep and warm heart. I am a singer songwriter and I never play a show without doing one of Harry's songs.

  99. Elizabeth Marie

    I wish I was born before he died. I wish I had been able to go to one of his concerts they look incredible! This is the music my parents brought me up on this music! I am in love with everything about it! When i was little this was my favorite songs!