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A song for this 'natural' disaster, New Orleans, September, 2005. Otherwise known as mass murder by a racist and incompetent federal government.
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david rovics
David Rovics 2005 All Rights Reserved
Halliburton Boardrom Massacre
Tue May 02, 2006
Rock : Folk Rock
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A song for this "natural" disaster, New Orleans, September, 2005. Otherwise known as mass murder by a racist and incompetent federal government.
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Everybody knew that it could happen
The likelihood was clear
The future was coming
And now it’s here

They had to fix the levees
Because otherwise they’d break
On one side was the city
Above it was the lake

It was in the daily papers
In bold letters was the writ
What would happen
When the Big One hit

But every year they cut the funding
Just a little more
So they could give it to the Army
To fight their oil war

In National Geographic
And the Times-Picayune
They forecast the apocalypse
Said it was coming soon

Preparations must be made, they said
Now is the time
It was years ago they shouted
Inaction was a crime

They said the dikes must be improved
And the wetlands must be saved
But Washington decided
Instead they should be paved

Because malls were more important
Than peoples’ lives
So put some gold dust in your eyes
And hope no storm arrives

New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans


Years and years of warning
No evacuation plan
It was just if the waters rose
Just get out if you can

There were no buses
No one chartered any trains
There was no plan to rescue
All of those who would remain

All the people with no money
All the people with no wheels
All of those who didn’t hotwire
One that they could steal

Thousands and thousands of people
Abandoned by the state
Abandoned by their country
Just left to meet their fate

New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans


And the people died
And then they died some more
They drowned inside their attics
An army of the poor

An army of the destitute
Who couldn’t get away
And the world will remember
These sad and awful days

When people shouted from their houses
Dying on their roofs
When people came to find them
They were turned back by the troops

They died there with no water
They died there in the heat
They were shot down by the soldiers
For trying to find some food to eat

New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans


And now the city is in ruins
A massive toxic sea
Scattered through the nation
Half a million refugees

Here we are
In the richest country on the earth
Where the color of your skin
Determines what your life is worth

Where oil is the king
Where global warming is ignored
Where the very end of life
Is the place we’re heading toward

Where it’s more than just a metaphor
The flooding of the dike
And if we don’t stop this madness
The whole planet will be like

New Orleans, New Orleans, New Orleans