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  1. When The Levee Breaks

From the album Tiny Town

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Written by Kansas Joe McCoy & Memphis Minnie

Lyrics

WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
by McCoy and Memphis Minnie



If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break.
And the water gonna come in, have no place to stay.

Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan.
Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan.
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and my happy home.

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break.
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' 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 cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good.
Oh cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good.
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to 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 goin' back to my used to be.

I's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan.
I's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan.
Gonna leave my baby, and my happy home.