"Purple Rain" Ending Revealed
Exclusive Video of Titanic on 43rd Street's Finale
Tour guide Patrick Floyd makes a purple fantasy of the parking lot just west of Quack's on the southside of 43rd Street (4/14/22)
The main issue with the finale was that it started too late. Way too late. Over 90 minutes after the tour's scheduled start time. Tour attendance peaked at 55 early in the tour, but much like the lounging lawn population at Barton Springs, dusk attrition was significant.
For the second year in a row, Titanic on 43rd Street, had run long. And for the second year in a row, a Purple Rain set piece would provide the final farewell.
Austin Aloha has obtained exclusive video of the this year's tour finale (which was supposed to take place as the sun was setting approx 45 minutes earlier). Musical accompaniment is taken without permission from an unreleased Washington Generals instrumental. Recorded in January 2016, the instrumental plays with a chord progression from "Purple Rain"
I don't wanna let 'em play Autumn
Not when it's spring
They can sink the steel,
But not the steam
That string quintet made a paisley pact
When the sea swallows this ship
We won't over-react
When the stern begins to raise
With these port lights still ablaze
When there's one last song to play
We'll play Purple Rain
A bronze propeller starlit serenade
Uncrowded lifeboats rowing away
Can't escape the dying strains
Of these strings sawing away
The band's still cookin'
On this tilted deck
They're going down now
But they're not done yet
They're gonna play this whole descent
Going down at 30 knots
It's Purple Rain without a pause
And they won't quit
'Til they hit the silt
And send up one final refrain
Venting dreams from a watery grave
When these steam bubbles blister
The surface of the sea
They're poppin' Purple Rain
From two and a half miles deep
Titanic on 43rd Street: A Folk Lyric Walking Tour Through Hyde Park weaves together elements of Hyde Park history, Titanic anecdotes, homebuilding, shipbuilding, Tudor London, Texas trees, and nautical lore into a brand new story spanning centuries and oceans.
Hodnette-Roberts House (4300 Avenue F) tour stop. Photo credit Sarah Wilson
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