Hard Times on the Bayou

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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