Hard Times on the Bayou

by Mike Millet

Michael Millet
Michael Millet

Story

Tune of Robert's Farm,aka, Tenant's Farm updated for N.O. post Katrina

Lyrics

Hard Times on the Bayou

 

Come a ladies and gentlemen listen to my song

I’ll sing it to you right but you might hear it wrong

Just a little picture of a story I’ll tell

About a Gulf Coast city that you all know well

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

Well everybody knows how Katrina came to town

And when the levees broke how our city did drown

High water pushin’ people out of their homes

Can’t believe what happened in the Superdome

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

There’s people that are leavin’, there’s people coming back

People in their mansions, people in their shacks

Emergency preparedness, evacuation plans

Garland Robinette is getting word out to his fans

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

We got spotty reception on our cellular phones

People getting stranded on a bumpy road home

Double lane closures on the Mississippi bridge

Got a Congressman with 90,000 dollars in his fridge

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

We got homeless seeking shelter underneath the interstate

FEMA trailer fumes that are causing folks to ache

Its hard to find a doctor; its hard to find a nurse

Some say its getting better, Lord, I hope it don’t get worse

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

A man in the east wants to rebuild his home

Can’t get a permit ‘cause its in a flood zone

Says that his wife has been drivin’ to tears

Since the judge throughout the suit against the Corps of Engineers

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

 

 

Well the property taxes been rising through the roof

Overworked cops suiting armor bulletproof

National Guard troops stationed all around

Heard the mayor’s got his family livin’ in another town

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

Well I wouldn’t have believed it but one day I saw

Senator John Edwards in the Lower Ninth Ward

Anderson Cooper with his cameras pointed at us

Brad and Angelina just a-walking on passed us

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

Well I’ll go to the Mardi Gras and have me some wine

I’ll go to the Jazz Fest and pass a good time

But all of good times will come to an end

And hurricane season will be coming back again

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orleans

 

Well I went down to city hall but no one was there

Except for a choir united in prayer

Praying that Charity won’t forever be closed

And if another storm comes that the levees will hold

It’s hard times on the bayou, livin’ down in New Orlean

Michael Millet
Ralph Stanley

Lyrics

A Few More Seasons

Mother first was called to heaven
Left our home all alone
Dad took sick soon and joined her
They're reunited on God's throne

  A few more tiring days still face us
   A few more weary nights shall come
   We'll all be on our way to heaven
   When a few more seasons come

In springtime when the flowers blossom
Spreading their fragrance through the air
Walking through the little churchyard
Soon we'll all be resting there

Michael Millet
2009-09-19

Lyrics

Lonesome Feeling

It's a lonesome feeling when you're traveling
Down a lonesome road down a lonesome road
Nobody cares a thing about you
It's a heavy load, it's a heavy load.

I fell in love in Cincinnati
Her love was true and she told me so
I gave her rings and all my money
Where she ran off to I'll never know.

It's a lonesome feeling when you're traveling
Down a lonesome road down a lonesome road
Nobody cares a thing about you
It's a heavy load, it's a heavy load.

I wish that I was in Kentucky
With papa and mama dear
But mama's gone and so is papa
And Kentucky's a long way from here.

It's a lonesome feeling when you're traveling
Down a lonesome road down a lonesome road
Nobody cares a thing about you
It's a heavy load, it's a heavy load.
It's a heavy load, it's a heavy load...

Michael Millet
Michael Millet

Lyrics

Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday hangin’ over New Orleans

Its one in the morning,

I’m foggy and yawning,

Or all this could just be a dream

 

Ash Wednesday, one day after Mardi Gras,

No more beads a-throwing

The tourists are going

To tell of the tales that they saw.

 

Ash Wednesday, faithful go to church today

To receive their ashes

As some clean the trash

That the revelers left yesterday

 

Ash Wednesday, somewhere in the French Quarter

Here come the police

To clean up the streets

But still there’s somebody’s daughter

 

A cute girl who says she’s been out all weekend long

Is begging a man

With a tambourine hand

To play her just one more song, just one more song

 

Ash Wednesday, hangin’ over New Orleans

From ashes to dust

The church bells remind us

That all this could just be a dream

 

Oh, Ash Wednesday, time to say goodbye my friend

Yeah Mardi Gras gone

But it won’t be too long

‘Til Jazz Fest has us cookin’ again

Michael Millet

Lyrics

Traveling the Highway Home

I'm headed toward the sunset of time,
Traveling the highway home.
This world of sin I'm leaving behind,
Traveling the highway home.

Traveling the highway home.
Traveling the highway home.
Narrow is the way, thank God I can say,
I'm traveling the highway home.

For ol' Satan said I never would be,
Traveling the highway home.
When I repented, he had to flee.
Traveling the highway home.

Sometimes the road seems weary and long
Traveling the highway home.
But in my heart there's always a song,
Traveling the highway home.

 Jesus laid out a marker for me
Traveling the highway home.
They're in the Bible, plain as can be
Traveling the highway home.

Michael Millet
2009-09-19

Story

Heard this song at our bluegrass circle, added a 2nd verse and recorded it. Have been told it is a Jim and Jesse tune, but have also been told that they never heard of it.

Lyrics

The Blues My Baby Gave to Me

The kind of blues that makes you wanna cry

The kind that makes you wanna lay down and die

The way you feel when she says goodbye

That's the blues that my baby gave to me.

 

The kind of blues that makes you walk the floor

When your baby says that she don’t love you any more

The way you feel when she walks out the door

That's the blues that my baby gave to me

 

 

The kind of blues that makes you wanna cry

The kind that makes you wanna lay down and die

The way you feel when she says goodbye

That's the blues that my baby gave to me.

 

The kind of Blues that causes such a fright

The kinds that makes you stir and keeps you up all night

And has you praying for the morning light

That’s the blues that my baby gave to me.

 

The kind of blues that makes you wanna cry

The kind that makes you wanna lay down and die

The way you feel when she says goodbye

That's the blues that my baby gave to me.

 

 

Michael Millet
2009-10-18
Michael Millet

Lyrics

Nobody Seems to be Listening

 

Well the church bells are signalling a welcome

As a baby cries 'bout to be christened

And people have gathered around to wish the child well

And the preacher's going through the motiions

His sermon's lost some of its glisten

The people have put on their faces and smiles

But nobody seems to be listening.

 

I said to my woman just the other day,

"We just won't see some things in the same way.

I'm different from you, but I can see your view.

I know that you hear what I say."

 

There's a woman calling for her husband,

Her voice echoes out of the kitchen.

Its drowned out by the football game on the television

And some parents got it all figured out,

While their kid's screaming,"Hey something's missing!"

And two sides are trying to be understood,

But nobody seems to be listening.

 

Communications linking every nation,

Still guns are blasting in war.

The man on the tube given the headline news,

Says we can't go on like before

 

And these warnings air in every household,

But most people they just go on living

And doing what they've always done

Despite what they've heard.

There's a man down the street he's unemployed,

Laid off three years short of his pension,

And now he turns to the country he fought for,

But nobody seems to be listening.

 

Psychiatrists and psycotherapists

Are luxuries some can't afford

With websites and bloggers for most anything

Are people that lonely or bored?

 

And every now and then someone will call me

To see what's up and how I been doing

I tell them I been feeling lost and alone

But before I can finish explaining,

A solution is rapidly given

And everyone's quick with their bits of advice,

But nobody seems to be listening

Michael Millet
Michael Millet & Peter Lambousy

Lyrics

Stars in the City

 Oh I can't see the stars in the city
I can't see through all of this haze
So I'm going on back down the bayou(Terrebonne)
to the place where I once ran away
 
As a young boy at night I'd stare up at them lights
and drift with my dreams in the sky
but now all these dreams are clouded it seems
like a thick patch of fog rolling by
 
There's so much you can do in the city its true
Something every night of the week
But after the rent and the bills are all paid
well there's barely enough left to eat
 
Well the city girls keep up with the fashions and stuff
And they know all the hip things to say
And though they are cool I'm still nobody's fool
I'll take my bayou belle any day
Michael Millet
2009-09-19
Michael Millet

Lyrics

Do You Know Me?

 

I wake up early cause I have to

I work more hours than I should

I’m nice but inside I am lonely

I’d tell her if I only could

 

Do you know me?

I’m howling at the moon

Do you know me?

You’ll recognize me soon

 

I don’t like talking ‘bout the future

I am not a fan of the past

I long for things that are passing

I wish to keep what can not last

 

Do you know me?

I’m dreaming ‘neath the stars

Do you know me?

Riding shotgun in your car

 

I’m sleepless cause my mind is racing

I watch the T.V. cause I’m bored

The trials that are not my problem

The gifts which aren’t my reward

 

Do you know me?

I wish you well my friend

Do you know me?

Gonna see you in the end

Do you know me?

I’m howling at the moon
Do you know me?

You’ll recognize me soon

 

I wake up early cause I have to

I waste more hours than I should

I smile but inside I am lonely

I’d tell her if I only could

Michael Millet
2009-10-18
Michael Millet

Lyrics

The News Out of Our World

 

I woke up Sunday morning, turned the television on

The new out of Kuwait was that the Gulf War had begun

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

I woke up Monday morning, turned the television on

The news out of Yemen was the Cole had been blown up

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

Season change, the rivers roll along

Every man much search his heart

Try to understand

As for me well I’ll be praying here

 

I woke up Tuesday morning, turned the television on

The news out of New York was that the towers had come down

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

I woke up Wednesday morning, turned the television on

The news out of Iraq was that we’d started “shock and awe”

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

Season change, the rivers roll along

Wise men travel back to work

Helps them carry on

As for me well I’ll be singing here

 

I woke up Thursday morning, turned the television on

The news out of London was four bombs had just gone off

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

I woke up Friday morning, turned the television on

People every where were wondering what the hell was wrong

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

Season change, the rivers roll along

Everyone must find a path

That’s for you to choose

As for me well I’ll be dreaming here

 

I woke up Saturday morning, turned the television on

The news out of New Orleans was Katrina’s bearing down

And the world just needs a little peace tonight

 

Michael Millet
2009-09-19
Michael Millet

Lyrics

GI Bill

G.I. Bill was sure of the drill, still would

Never know what he was in for

When he signed on the dotted line

He never dreamt he’d go to war

Once a month on the weekends he would

Practice all the military’s knowledge

What a great plan to serve his land

And to pay his way through college

 

G.I. Bill at attention stood

When his sergeant shouted out,

“Uncle Sam needs our helping hand, soon our

Company is moving out!”

He’d been trained not to show any pain

Couldn’t shake the feelings there inside him

As his eyes searched the blood red skies

1.Looking 2.Praying for a star to guide him

 

G.I. Bill was just nineteen years

When his unit mobilized

Spent six months guarding a checkpoint, ‘til a

Roadside bomb then took his life.

When he signed up for the paid benefits

No one said a word to him about dying.

Now another son’s coming home,

And another mother’s crying

 

G.I. Bill was sure of the drill, still would

Never know what he was in for

Michael Millet
2009-09-19
Michael Millet

Story

If you ever have children, you will be exposed to children's music. My daughter loved Rafi. Listening to Rafi made me want to try my hand at writing a children's song. This song was the result. It has since been played at the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting in Miami Florida in May 2009. The song has also been used also used on a educational DVD and CD for the Area Health Education Couucil's Growing Up Fit Together program geared towards educating Louisiana 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to eat healthy and exercise.

Lyrics

Fruits and Veggies

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies everyday

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies

For a healthy heart they’ll help you start your way

 

Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes and oranges

Apples, peaches, pears, and honey dews

Blueberries, cranberries,

Bananas, grapefruit, plums and cherries

All these fruits are good for me and you

 

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies…

 

Eggplant, zucchini squash, celery and corn

Spinach, carrots, beets and broccoli

Cucumber, cauliflower,

Asparagus and avocados

Veggies are so good for you and me

 

You gotta eat your fruits and veggies…