Tangled And Twisted: The Belvidere Illinois F-4 Tornado

 

Tangled And Twisted

April 21st, 1967 a day that to me

In my mind, will always live in infamy

This is the day an F-4 tornado

Touched down in our hometown

Killing and injuring so many

Putting a dark spot on the history of our town

Was about four on Friday afternoon

Down the business twenty corridor it came

Striking the Chrysler Plant about shift change

The Pacemaker grocery store

Highland Hospital and the neighborhoods

But the high school with children filled buses

Buses lined up, the tornado’s wrath did vent

Many a white cross where children

Now lay in rest white stones at heads

It’s not just cars and houses

That such storms tangle and twist

The empty desks within the class

Forever a reminder of our friends

And children that we so deeply miss

Twisted and Tangled

Twisted and Tangled

 

April 21st, 1967 a day that

To me, in my mind, will always live in infamy.

 

This the day an F-4 tornado,

Touched down in our hometown,

Killing and injuring many,

Putting a dark spot on all our history.

 

Was about four on Friday afternoon

Down the business twenty corridor it came.

Striking the Chrysler Plant about shift change,

The Pacemaker grocery store,

Highland Hospital and the neighborhoods.

But the high school with children filled

Buses lined up, the tornado’s wrath did vent.

 

Many a white cross where children

Now lay in rest,

It’s not just cars and houses

That such storms tangle and twist.

The empty desks within the class

Forever a reminder of our friends

And children that we so deeply miss.