When The Levee Breaks
Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe 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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lordnichard

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break (2x)
And the water gonna come in, have no place to stay

Well all last night I sat on the levee and moan (2x)
Thinkin' 'bout my baby and my happy home

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break (2x)
And all these people have no place to stay

Now look here mama what am I to do (2x)
I ain't got nobody to tell my troubles to

I works on the levee mama both night and day (2x)
I ain't got nobody, keep the water away

Oh cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do no good (2x)
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to lose

I works on the levee, mama both night and day (2x)
I works so hard, to keep the water away

I had a woman, she wouldn't do for me (2x)
I'm goin' back to my used to be

I's a mean old levee, cause me to weep and moan (2x)
Gonna leave my baby, and my happy home



thehiphopprophet

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 and we'll have no place to stay


Well all last night I sat on the levee and moaned
Well all last night I sat on the levee and moaned
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 will have no place to stay


Now look here mama what am I to do?
Now look here mama what am I, I to do?
I ain't got nobody to tell my troubles to


I worked on the levee mama both night and day
I worked on the levee mama both night and day
I ain't got nobody to 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 that levee breaks mama, you got to lose


I work on the levee mama both night and day
I work on the levee mama both night and day
I work 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 going back to my used to be


Oh mean old levee caused me to weep and moan
Yeah the mean old levee caused me to weep and moan
Told me leave my baby and my happy home

Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie wrote one of the best songs ever penned



Gary George

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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James Stripling

Never knew this. How Jimmy Page saw that out of this is astounding. Hats off to Kansas Joe, Memphis Minnie and LZ for giving the world this gift.

The Wandering Chinaman

This song was actually in Robert's music collection

Jailaye

@Dean 10 A few hours in the local library and . . . ("R.P.") hey guys let's record these!?!

Dean 10

But it was Robert Plant who find out about the song and brought it to the band.

kander63

Thanks for posting this.   I think the Led Zeppelin version is great, but it saddens me to know that so many people don't know the history of this music.  If it were not for the blues music created by African-Americans in the Mississippi Delta, rock and roll as we know it would not exist today.  

Qingeaton

@Delores Daniel well, I won't hold that against them. lol
Seriously tho, I did not know that.

Delores Daniel

@Qingeaton Don't forget doo wop.

Delores Daniel

@Sgt. Hartman Elvis did not invent rock and roll.

Andrew Bugbee

Led Zep credits Memphis Minnie for lyrics on that song.

Kintaro Gintama

@NudeDragons yup ... but part of the communist socialist manifesto IS Racism a term invented by Leon Trotsky in 1927 .,, or see the book Red over Black ... sadly most blacks nowadays are not slaves, never have been But this race division BS has been driven pounded so hard into them dey cant escape dem chains ...similar to how many dews push the Hollowcast and has Nothing to do with them ... ps look up the Kalergi Plan , friend of WEF Klaus Anas Swab whose grandmother was Marianne... Rothschild

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