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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Isn't It a Shame What the River has Done to This Poor Cracker's Land

Saw Bill Maher at a book signing today--normally I find him obnoxious and his snarkiness over the top, but he had a few good comments. Regarding Bush, his comparison to other presidents was a reminder that, at least since 1906, no US President lost an entire city. Good point. And with that, some Randy Newman:


What has happened down here is the wind have changed
Clouds roll in from the north and it started to rain
Rained real hard and rained for a real long time
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline

The river rose all day
The river rose all night
Some people got lost in the flood
Some people got away alright
The river have busted through cleard down to Plaquemines
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangelne


Louisiana, Louisiana
They're tyrin' to wash us away


President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say, "Little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has
done
To this poor crackers land."


Add a line about the president getting photo opps with the poor ole black folk, and it's a little too close to home...