Mark Twain and Molly Brown Riverboats


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Not strictly a music loop as it contains narrations but a loop nonetheless. :p

DLRP is lucky. It has two riverboats, the Mark Twain (a stern wheeler) and the Molly Brown, (a side-wheeler).
Both play a loop during the ride and on berthing.

The narrations are in both French and English - mostly French.
The placid background music is identical on both rides. The tune is (no surprise here) entitled "The Mark Twain" and was recorded especially for the ride and is unavailable for purchase and any recording will also contain the narration.

The two tunes that welcome you back on berthing are:

1. Come back Sweet Papa - "Dixieland Favourites" - Firehouse Five Plus Two
2. Milenberg Joys - "Firehouse plus two Goes South" - Firehouse Five plus Two

Both available from Amazon as mp3 downloads.

The Mark Twain holds a conversation with the author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 -1910), the writer who took his pen name of Mark Twain from the call of the riverboats (he was a qualified steamboat pilot for two years until the outbreak of the Civil War stopped the traffic).
Each call was one fathom (six feet).
Mark one, mark twain, mark three, deep four, ocean deep.
You can hear these calls during the ride.

The narrative loop runs for around 16 minutes - the length of the ride.
This is followed (on both rides) by Dixieland-style music while passengers alight and the next passengers board (see above for source albums and track titles).
As the length of this part depends on the speed of the guests, the edits of this section are yet unknown as we don't have a full live recording to check to.

Mark Twain said:
"I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it".
He did, one day after it's closest approach to the Earth.

The Molly Brown also has a narration but with Molly Brown (named after The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 1867 - 1932 - survivor of the Titanic sinking in 1912).

The tunes on disembarking are different to the Mark Twain. Three tunes play as you leave the boat.

01.Wind That Shakes the Barley (Instrumental) Matthias Gohl
02 Ragtime Annie - Arthur Smith & Benny Martin
03 Git Along, Little Doggies (Instrumental) Matthias Gohl

Both Gohl tracks from the album The West - Soundtrack
Ragtime Annie from the album The World's Greatest Bluegrass Bands

Both rides also contain descriptive narratives of the scenery along the banks of the river (alas, again mostly in French with an occasional bit of English thrown in).
I don't speak French so cannot provide a translation. :unsure:
The loops have a similar timing to the Mark Twain.
The Molly Brown has recently had a refit after a disastrous fire which, on a plus side, resulted in the refurbishment and reinstatement of the Rogue River Keelboats after they realized they had no real method of evacuation for the riverboats in the event of an emergency (like a fire).

Both rides also have a short relaxing tune repeated during the journey which was written for them (so not commercially available)
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