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The Teton Dam

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © 2000 Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

An earthen dam was constructed in southwestern Idaho in 1976 despite repeated warnings that it was built wrong and would not hold. A week after the dam was finished, 60 billion gallons of water broke through and flooded out two towns and the surrounding countryside.

Play Sample

C           F-C                  F-C
The Teton Dam, come rolling on down

G                    C            C7
The Teton Dam, come a rolling on down

F
The Teton Dam, come a rolling on down

C
In Idaho it come rolling right downtown

                G             C
The Teton Dam, come rolling down

Additional verses:

One week old, and it started to crack
One week old, and it started to crack
One week old, and it started to crack
The concrete could not hold the water back
The Teton Dam come rolling down

Sugar City, Rexburg, on the fifth of June
Sugar City, Rexburg, on the fifth of June
Sugar City, Rexburg, fifth of June
Was under water by the afternoon
When the Teton Dam, come rolling down

It was made for irrigation, well, it sure did that
Made for irrigation, it sure did that
Made for irrigation it sure did that
Five thousand living rooms in three days flat
When the Teton Dam, come rolling down

And the boys who built it, they're high and dry
The boys who built it, they're high and dry
The boys who built it, they're high and dry
Ten people are dead, and they know why
The Teton Dam, come rolling down

And the water got high, but now it's low
The water got high, but now it's low
The water got high, but now it's low
Still pretty muddy out in Idaho
When the Teton Dam, come rolling down


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