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​High Water Everywhere - Part I

This song is by Charley Patton and appears on the compilation album Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1929) (1990).

This song has been covered by Joe Bonamassa under the title "High Water Everywhere".
Well, backwater done rose all around Sumner now,
Drove me down the line
Backwater done rose at Sumner,
Drove poor Charley down the line
Lord, I'll tell the world the water,
Done crept through this town

Lord, the whole round country,
Lord, river has overflowed
Lord, the whole round country,
Man, is overflowed
You know I can't stay here,
I'll go where it's high, boy
I would goto the hilly country,
But, they got me barred

Now, look-a here now at Leland,
River was risin' high
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me,
River was raisin' high
Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah
I'm gonna move to Greenville,
Fore I leave, goodbye

Look-a here the water now, Lordy,
Levee broke, rose most everywhere
The water at Greenville and Leland,
Lord, it done rose everywhere
Boy, you can't never stay here
I would go down to Rosedale,
But, they tell me there's water there

Now, the water now, mama,
Done took Charley's town
Well, they tell me the water,
Done took Charley's town
Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg
Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg,
For that high of mine

I am goin' up that water,
Where lands don't never flow
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where,
Water, oh don't ever flow
Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall
But, that whole county was leavin',
Over that Tallahatchie shore
Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there

Lord, the water done rushed all over,
Down old Jackson road
Lord, the water done raised,
Over the Jackson road
Boy, it starched my clothes
I'm goin' back to the hilly country,
Won't be worried no more