Song Lyric Sunday (7/15/18) – Break

Helen’s prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is the word break. Maybe it’s because I’ve had to deal with them my whole life. Maybe it’s because the season is upon us. Maybe it’s because my life is clearly demarcated into the distinct times of BK and AK (before Katrina after Katrina). Who knows for sure, but the first song that really popped into my head is this blues infused, classic rock song.

Here is When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin.

If it keeps on rainin’
Levee’s goin’ to break
If it keeps on rainin’
Levee’s goin’ to break
When the levee breaks
I’ll have no place to stay

Mean old levee
Taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee
Taught me to weep and moan

It’s got what it takes
To make a mountain man leave his home
Oh well, oh well, oh well

Don’t it make you feel bad
When you’re tryin’ to find your way home
You don’t know which way to go?

If you’re goin’ down South
They got no work to do
If you’re going down to Chicago

Cryin’ won’t help you
Prayin’ won’t do you no good
Now, cryin’ won’t help you
Prayin’ won’t do you no good
When the levee breaks
Mama, you got to move

All last night
Sat on the levee and moaned
All last night
Sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin’ about my baby
And my happy home

Going, I’m going to Chicago
Going to Chicago
Sorry but I can’t take you

Going down, going down now
Going down, going down now
Going down, going down
Going down, going down

Going down, going down now
Going down, going down now
Going down, going down now
Going down, going down
Down, down, down, down


When the Levee Breaks” is a blues song written and first recorded by husband and wife Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie in 1929. The song is in reaction to the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

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