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Losing Louisiana
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Louisiana is losing its bayous and their communities to the fossil fuel industry.
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Tom Neilson
Tom Neilson 2016

Sun Nov 06, 2016
Blues : Acoustic Blues
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Louisiana is losing its the bayous and their communities in the delta to the fossil fuel industry
We’re losing Louisiana, a football field an hour
16 square miles a year as dredge and drill devour
We’re losing Louisiana to the oil and the gas
And profit maximizing the comp’nies can amass
We’re losing Louisiana and it ain’t comin back

Melt water from the glaciers carried topsoil and sand
7,000 years to build & raise the land
A wetlands ecosystem, growin plants and trees
marshes and decay add to soil fertility
But it only took a lifetime they didn’t think
And with all the engineering, the land began to sink
We’re losing Louisiana and it ain’t comin back

Losing Louisiana, let the good times roll
Drowning all the bayous in the Gulf of Mexico
Cyprus, swamps and mangroves, the sinkholes suck away
Cattle pastures, backyards disappearing every day
Houma grey foundations, row after row
Isle de Jean Charles – feels an undertow
We’re losing Louisiana and it ain’t comin back

Losing Louisiana for a shipping corridor
Towns and wetlands off the map where they’d been before
Losing Louisiana for our economy
pipelines bringing- 90 percent of energy
The Gulf is home to 1/2 the country’s refineries
2 million people getting caught in the squeeze.
We’re losing Louisiana and it ain’t comin back