When The Levee Breaks

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When The Levee Breaks, Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie, June 18 1929 NYC

If it keeps on rainin', levee's going to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's going to break
And the water gonna come, and (I'll) have no place to stay

Well all last night I sat on the levee and moaned -- 'levee' pronounced 'lever'
Well all last night I sat on the levee and moaned -- same
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and my happy home

If it keeps on rainin', levee's going to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's going to break
And all these people will 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, tell my trouble 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 to keep the water away

[break, 2 rounds]
Oh cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good
Now cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good
When the levee breaks, mama you got to move

I works on the levee, mama both night and day
I works on the levee, mama both night and day
Said I work 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

Oh mean old levee, caused me to weep and moan
It's a mean old levee, caused me to weep and moan
Gonna leave my baby, and my happy home

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