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When The Levee Breaks
1927 For days, the rain fell. The rivers swelled, the lakes rose... Collaboration between Celt - Slide Guitar and Vocals Smokindog - Banjo, Bass and Slide Guitar Solo Smokehouse - Blues Harp
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Blues - Acoustic Blues
Charts #454 in subgenre today (peak #5)
Previous peak charts position #41
Kanas Joe McCoy/Memphis Minnie
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November 24, 2006
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Story behind the song
1927 For days, the rain fell. The rivers swelled, the lakes rose. And when the water could no longer find a place to go, it battered the weakest parts of the levees that had protected thousands . Collaboration between Celt - Slide Guitar and Vocals Smokindog - Banjo, Bass and Slide Guitar Solo Smokehouse - Blues Harp
Lyrics
If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break, If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break, And the water gonna come down, have no place to stay All last night I sat on the levee and moan, Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan, Thinking about my baby and my happy home, If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break, If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break, And all these people have no place to stay Now look here mama what am I to do?, Now look here mama what am I to do?, I ain't got nobody to tell my troubles to I works on the levee mama both night and day, I works on the levee mama both night and day, I ain't got nobody, keep the water away Oh crying won't help you, praying won't do no good, Oh crying won't help you, praying won't do no good, When the levee breaks, mama, you gonna lose I works on the levee, mama both night and day, I works on the levee, mama both night and day, I works so hard, to keep the water away I had a woman, she wouldn't do for me, I had a woman, she wouldn't do for me, I'm going back to my used to be It's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan It's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan Gonna leave my baby, and my happy home
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