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Jon Tschiggfrie 05-07-2008 03:06 PM

"The Delta Queen Don't Come Here Anymore"
A sort of "what-if" type of song. Generously recorded by Lee Havlik of Marshalltown, IA.


You can also download the video at [URL][/URL] and the song in mp3 format at [URL][/URL].

Bruno Krause 05-07-2008 07:23 PM

Jon, wonderful stuff, again you out did yourself, Deb and I gotta meet you some day. You did it again, my friend, I'm sitting here crying my eyes out...October is gonna be [I][B]REAL[/B][/I] tough unless the Cincy crowd (or some other interested party) can come to the rescue.

Note to Majestic America October, cases of Kleenex will be needed on the DQ.

Carmen 05-08-2008 08:04 AM


You´re always good for a surprise!! Great song!


Elaine Santangelo 05-08-2008 09:06 PM

Me too me too- I adored it.

Yes, we will need those tissue boxes for sure. Thanks Jon.

Mary Sward Charlton 05-09-2008 08:05 PM

Jon--you are the man! I fly to Pittsburgh in the morning, to the best job in the world. I am so lucky--so blessed. The Lady is not ready to go. We will keep fighting, as long as it takes, as hard as it takes. Thanks for all you do! Mary

David Tschiggfrie 05-09-2008 08:44 PM


Tomorrow a group of UMR river friends and I will be making a journey to pay our last respects and say our farewell to Capt. Dennis Trone. One of the many gifts of Denny's genius that he bequeathed to the river community came to birth on a November day in 1970 with the launch of the JULIA BELLE SWAIN. What I had nearly forgotten until just this moment as I listened to your song, is that very same month was also supposed to see the last voyage of the DELTA QUEEN. Denny's indomitable spirit and belief in the future of steamboating in America stood in stark contrast to the bleak future that seemed to lie ahead of the legendary Cincinnati sternwheeler. But as we all know, Denny's steamboat masterpiece and the life of the DQ both continued to steam on, bringing joy and delight to thousands of people on this country's inland rivers. And so as once again we fight to preserve our beloved DELTA QUEEN, I can't help but feel that we are now supported in our efforts in a special way by the indomitable spirit, dream, and determination of Capt. Dennis Trone.

Your beautiful song and the amazing talent of Lee Havlik gives eloquent expresion to what is in many of our hearts. May we renew our efforts to save this grand lady of the river, encouraged and upheld by the spirit of Capts. Tom Greene, Ma Greene, Ernie Wagner, Fred Way, C. W. Stoll, and so many others, and now, by our dear friend, Capt. Denny Trone.

John Fryant 05-13-2008 02:04 PM

Jonathan, What a great song! I didn't know you were musically talented. Lee Havlik does a really nice job with the vocal, but just imagine John Hartford singing it. And the video footage is great too! Send a copy to Oberatar, and to George Bush, and to the commandant of the Coast Guard.

Jon Tschiggfrie 05-13-2008 06:17 PM

By the way, thanks to Neal Kapp for the idea for the song:


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