New Orleans Under Water

1) The city grew up in the Delta, down at the river’s mouth

A city unlike any other but still part of the South

There were Creole, Cajun, black and white, livin’ side by side

Some came there to make a name and some came there to hide

There were roughnecks on the oil rigs, shrimpers on the sea

Politicians lyin’ through their teeth like the preachers on TV

There were jazz men tryin’ to make a buck and pretty women too

Rich and poor like every town, doin’ what people do



New Orleans under water, New Orleans washed away

New Orleans under water, let the music play


2) The river was a wild thing so they built levees on the bank

Then they built them higher as the city slowly sank

When they knew that storm was comin’ those that could left town

Those that couldn’t cried and prayed hopin’ God wouldn’t let’em drown

Rain came down, a mighty flood.with a steady drivin’ beat

Wind was howlin’ and the levees broke and the river filled the street

It poured into the houses, ran down alleyways

Dead men with unanswered prayers were floatin’ there for days   Chorus


3) Rescue was a slow train and it made a lot of stops

‘Cause black folks waitin’ in the rain meant nothin’ to the men on top

Seems like the boys in DC had better things to do

Wars to fight, money to make and other folks to screw

Now the city lies in ruins and it’s crazy to pretend

The mighty oak is gonna break if it can’t learn to bend

There’s wailin’ in the moonlight, do you recognize the sound?

Gather up the children and move to higher ground   Chorus


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