[percy-l] hurricanes

Karl M. Terrell kterrell at sheastokes.com
Sat Sep 3 11:59:49 EDT 2005

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I'll just weigh in, amid the charged debate, with a little musical
relief, and recommend all take a listen to Randy Newman's beautiful,
mournful song about the 1927 flood, "Louisianna 1927."  The flood, the
water and the wind (from the "north") are evoked, especially in the
chorus, as a metaphor for changes forcing the loss of the past.  The
song ends with a little bittersweet humor.  Here are some of the lyrics:

"What's happened down here is the wind have changed/
Clouds rolled in from the north and it started to rain/
The river rose all day, the river rose all night/
Some people got lost in the flood, some people got away all right/ 
The river have busted through clear down to Plaquemines/ 
Six feet of water in the streets of Evangeline.


Louisianna, Louisianna/
They're tryin' to wash us away/
They're tryin' to wash us away.

President Coolidge came down on a railroad train/
Had a little fat man with a notepad in his hand/
President said, "Little fat man, ain't it a shame/
What the water has done/
To this poor cracker's land."

-----Original Message-----
From: Wade Riddick [mailto:wriddick at usa.net] 
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 12:19 AM
To: Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion
Subject: Re: [percy-l] "What's so great about this Percy guy, anyway?"

It reminds me of pictures of the 1927 flood, which wasn't as
dramatically abrupt as this.  I don't think we've had a natural disaster
of this scale since the San Francisco fire and the casualties may we
exceed those. Certainly the devastation is what we've only seen in
Hiroshima and Dresden.

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