Guest poem sent in by Matt Chanoff
(Poem #1590) Big River
Water's on the river rising More water come than float away People from Catahoula down to Burway Bay They've got no place left to stay When the water's coming out the basin There ain't nothing waterproof Standing on the levee with the river raging I've got nothing left to lose Big river Big river on the rise Big river gonna overflow Big river is going to wash us to the sea Back in 1927 Six feet of water in Evangeline Now the government trying to tell us Said that the levee's going to hold next time Big river Big river on the rise Big river is gonna overflow Big river is gonna wash us to the sea I've seen the water come under the levee Boiling up from a crawfish hole And before the sun was setting Four feet of water in my front door Big river Big river on the rise Big river gonna overflow Big river, Oh mighty Mississippi on the rise Oh mighty Mississippi is gonna overflow Big river Gonna wash us to the sea.
Today's poem is by Zachary Richard, one of the greatest Zydeco singers around. It's a heartbreaking song -- though you have to hear him sing it for the full effect. The reason to run it now is painfully obvious. It's one an album called "Zach's Bon Ton" You can read about Richard at [broken link] http://www.zacharyrichard.com/bio.html. Matt Chanoff