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When the Levee Breaks
Memphis Minnie Lyrics


If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
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

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Written by: Joe McCoy

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kenneth nesmith

This is one song of many rising out of the flood of 1927. Considered as the worst in modern US history. There are reports about in Arkansas Mississippi river areas where entire African American families were forced to reside on levees 24 hrs a day , 7 days a week to maintain the levee and keep it from failing. If they failed these people would not only lose their life , but the lives of their entire family. Man's inhumanity to man has no bounds.


More songs arising from the flood of 1927


Backwater Blues : Bessie Smith
Heavy Water blues : Barbecue Bob
High Water Everywhere : Charlie Patton



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IN ASSEMBLY
(Prefiled)
January 6, 2021
_________
Introduced by M. of A. PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee
on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the removal of
cases, contacts and carriers of communicable diseases who are poten-
tially dangerous to the public health
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section
2 2120-a to read as follows:
3 § 2120-a. Removal and detention of cases, contacts and carriers who
4 are or may be a danger to public health; other orders. 1. The provisions
5 of this section shall be utilized in the event that the governor
6 declares a state of health emergency due to an epidemic of any communi-
7 cable disease.
8 2. Upon determining by clear and convincing evidence that the health
9 of others is or may be endangered by a case, contact or carrier, or
10 suspected case, contact or carrier of a contagious disease that, in the
11 opinion of the governor, after consultation with the commissioner, may
12 pose an imminent and significant threat to the public health resulting
13 in severe morbidity or high mortality, the governor or his or her dele-
14 gee, including, but not limited to the commissioner or the heads of
15 local health departments, may order the removal and/or detention of such
16 a person or of a group of such persons by issuing a single order, iden-
17 tifying such persons either by name or by a reasonably specific
18 description of the individuals or group being detained. Such person or
19 group of persons shall be detained in a medical facility or other appro-
20 priate facility or premises designated by the governor or his or l



AlanCheek

@TRS
Man, these kids mean well but just don't know. Blues is about hard times. They couldn't come right out & SAY some stuff though.

Didn't you listen?
You had it right!

He just pronounces it differently - "...set on the lavvRee & moaned..."

They were poor & cheap "soul" food (like boiled okra) - well... you WILL
"...set on the lavvry & moan..." will happen for sure! & the hot sauce will make you "...weep & moan" for sure too! (Also see Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" - that's what happens when you eat too much boiled okra with too much hot sauce ("I fell in to a burning ring of fire" - I'm sure we all been there at least once!)

But yeah - "...set on the lavvry & moan...weep & moan..." ALL night - & as a result of pulling the chain so much - you know, when you get that ring of fire started you gotta flush quick - if you wait until done (eating boiled okra you KNOW you gonna be there a while!) & It'll stink up the whole house!

But all that BIG mess of water from all the flushing, "set on the lavvry all night, weeping & moan"ing - they had no septic tanks or city sewers, then, it went right into the bayou! - & he felt like would cause the levee to break.

Am i making sense?

Yeah - you eat too much boiled okra man, & you will most definitely be full-up, all the way to the tippy-TOP-FULL of $#!+, just like I am!!

Didn't you listen?
You had it right!

He just pronounces it differently - "...set on the lavvRee & moaned..."
They were poor & cheap "soul" food (like boiled okra) - well...
"...set on the lavvry & moan..." will happen for sure! & the hot sauce will make you "...weep & moan" for sure too! (Also see Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire" - that's what happens when you eat too much boiled okra with too much hot sauce ("I fell in to a burning ring of fire" - I'm sure we all been there at least once!)

But yeah - "...set on the lavvry & moan...weep & moan..." - & as a result of pulling the chain so much - you know, when you get that ring of fire started you gotta flush quick - if you wait (eating boiled okra you KNOW you gonna be there a while!) & It'll stink up the whole house!
But all that BIG mess of water from all the flushing, set on the lavvry all night, weeping & moaning - they had no septic tanks or city sewers, it went right in the bayou! - & he felt like would cause the levee to break.
Am i making sense?
Yeah - you eat too much boiled okra man, & you will most definitely be full-up, all the way to the tippy-TOP-FULL of $#!+, like me!



David Mc

@Paul Kelly I can't find reference to that.
But you're right. Speaking of right. I'm trying to recall the left clawed gal. Mhh.
Played, "I wish that old woman would die?"
She did! So did Mississippi John Hurt😊

My other reply disappeared. Came back because I misspelled Elizabeth Cotten's name. It aunty no lie, Rey reminds me of mom!! Cotten-Picken😆 left taught lefty. Played her brother's guitar upside down. And always did. Wow. I'll try to link in another.
Don't have time to expiriment!

Minnie's so freaking good. We're not worthy!

Yeah. Separate link worked!
Wring title. Not politically correct.
Even then. Well, for a Black woman 😢



Vincenzo Russo Traetto

ALLUVIONI, TERREMOTI, PANDEMIE, ARGINI: I LED ZEPPELIN

Il brano WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS dei Led Zeppelin è una rielaborazione di una canzone del 1929 che racconta della " Grande Alluvione del Mississippi" della prima metà del 1927 : 14mila persone fuggono dalla cittadina di Greenville inondata dal " fiume del diavolo " per rifugiarsi nei pressi di un vicino argine ancora integro.

Che vi dico? Pianti, lacrime, paure, prepotenze, disperazione, vigliaccheria spicciola, atti di coraggio purpurei, donne che calpestano le vicine di casa, uomini che abbandonano famiglie, poliziotti che starnutiscono, bambini che vogliono giocare con i lampi, vecchi che non aspettano altro che il rombo del tuono come in ogni " alluvione, inondazione di cavallette, terremoto, pandemia ".

Cosa sarebbe successo se anche l'ultimo argine avesse ceduto?
Cosa potrà succedere se l'ultima riapertura sarà vacua, l'ultimo vaccino instabile e l'ultima variante inarrestabile?

Questo è il filo conduttore della canzone. Non é poco. Non è poco.

I Led Zeppelin hanno preso spunto dal tema trattato nel brano del 1929 riscrivendo una gran parte del testo ed innestando sul blues-country originale una assai articolata e sinistra base melodica.

Circa sei secondi prima della fine del brano si odono le bacchette del batterista John Bonham , forse il più grande batterista con sole due mani e due piedi della storia del rock , che cadono a terra.
Cadono le bacchette dalle mani di Bonham come una liberazione, epilogo di una sofferenza, " amen " di una preghiera: Siamo Salvi!
_
Tutti ritornano Greenville
Tutti ritornano a casa,
Siamo salvi!
É terminata l'emergenza.
L'argine ha tenuto,
Ritorniamo a casa
Siamo Salvi!
I bar riaprono.
Non tutti ma siamo salvi!
I ristoranti ospitano mille matrimoni al giorno ma non si sposano tutti, qualcuno manca.
Le piscine sono spiagge d'agosto ma qualcuno non sa più galleggiare.
Siamo Salvi a metà.
Siamo Salvi ad un quarto di lira.
L'argine ha tenuto, non é tutto intero ma ha tenuto, manca qualcuno ma siamo salvi._

Il sound per la batteria che avevano concepito era, secondo lo stesso Bonham, il più riuscito di sempre, così come il suo groove.

In un secondo momento, a partire dagli anni '80, quel groove, campionato, sarebbe divenuto la base ritmica di innumerevoli brani pop, rap e hip-hop.


WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS (Quando l’argine si rompe)

_"Se continua a piovere l’argine si rompe
Se continua a piovere l’argine si rompe
Quando l’argine si rompe non avrò alcun posto dove stare
Misero vecchio argine mi insegnò a piangere e a gemere
Misero vecchio argine mi insegnò a piangere e a gemere
Ha quello che serve per far lasciare la sua casa a un uomo delle montagne
Oh beh, oh beh, oh beh
Non ti fa sentir male
Quando stai cercando di trovare la strada di casa
Non sai da che parte andare?
Se vai giù al Sud
Non hanno lavori da farti fare
Se non sai di Chicago
Piangere non ti aiuterà, pregare non ti farà fare nulla di buono
Ora, piangere non ti aiuterà, pregare non ti farà fare nulla di buono
Quando l’argine si rompe, mamma, devi muoverti
Tutta la scorsa notte seduto sull’argine a gemere
Tutta la scorsa notte seduto sull’argine a gemere
Pensando alla mia piccola e alla mia casa felice
Andando, andando a Chicago
Andando a Chicago
Scusa ma non possiamo prenderti
Andando giù, andando giù ora
Andando giù, andando giù ora
Andando giù, andando giù ora"_



All comments from YouTube:

jamesdeansghost55

Died broke, sick and forgotten in a Memphis nursing home in 1973. Laid in an unmarked grave for twenty-three years until Bonnie Raitt bought a headstone for her grave in 1996...God love Bonnie Raitt!!, a true respecter of the blues.

DankyD दिति अदिति

@Quinn W. Johnsonbollocks

DankyD दिति अदिति

@Vincent Harris Zeppelins credits everywhere is how I found out about Memphis Minnie.

Ed Grewell

@Tim Burton I did to,from laughing so hard at his reply,lol.jk.

Tim Burton

@Corey Cann seriously?

Dag Ingebrigtsen

I planned to visit her in autum 66, From Norway, I was a Student, then, Regards from DAG

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Tom Lovin

This is actually Memphis Minnie on lead guitar.  Her husband, Kansas City Joe, is singing, and doing the other guitar.

barry white

@Seraf Pano yep

Ian Watkins

definitly not memphis minnie singing. if you listen to any of her music, she has a very distinguishable voice and this is clearly not it.

Rango Hutt the Dog on the Astral Plane

Two members of the memphis Jug Band. They really had a groove.

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