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When the Levee Breaks
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

Written by:

Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy