Miles to go before the floodwaters receed…

There’s never been a more appropriate time to listen to the Mississippi blues.

Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now,
drove me down the line
Backwater done rose at Sumner,
drove poor Charley down the line
Lord, I’ll tell the world the water,
done crept through this town
Lord, the whole round country,
Lord, river has overflowed
Lord, the whole round country,
man, is overflowed
You know I can’t stay here,
I’ll go where it’s high, boy
I would goto the hilly country,
but, they got me barred
Now, look-a here now at Leland
river was risin’ high
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me,
river was raisin’ high
Boy, it’s risin’ over there, yeah
I’m gonna move to Greenville
fore I leave, goodbye
Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee broke, rose most everywhere
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere
Boy, you can’t never stay here
I would go down to Rosedale
but, they tell me there’s water there
Now, the water now, mama,
done took Charley’s town
Well, they tell me the water,
done took Charley’s town
Boy, I’m goin’ to Vicksburg
Well, I’m goin’ to Vicksburg,
for that high of mine
I am goin’ up that water,
where lands don’t never flow
Well, I’m goin’ over the hill where,
water, oh don’t ever flow
Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
But, that whole county was leavin’,
over that Tallahatchie shore Boy,
went to Tallahatchie and got it over there
Lord, the water done rushed all over,
down old Jackson road
Lord, the water done raised,
over the Jackson road
Boy, it starched my clothes
I’m goin’ back to the hilly country,
won’t be worried no more

-Charley Patton, Highwater Everywhere Part 1

I share the words to this blues song from an awesome blog called Hello Delta.  Check out the blog at http://www.hellodelta.net/  where you will find the best photography of the Delta and great coverage of the flood from the perspective of someone who is actually going through it.  I’m thinking about all my friends in Greenville, Vicksburg and Natchez today.

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About ckeirn

This is an account of my life’s journey – road trips, places in my heart, people and things I love.
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One Response to Miles to go before the floodwaters receed…

  1. Janet Taber says:

    So, so hard to watch…can’t imagine how hard to live through it…heartbreaking to think of such loss….that beautiful courthouse filled with muddy water is a terrible sight to see.

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