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Blue Monday

All of Sonny Landreth’s albums are worth checking out, but he kicked things into high, angry gear this year with From the Reach, highlighted by “Blue Tarp Blues,” his denunciation of how Bush & Co. let New Orleans drown in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. That unhappy anniversary is less than a week away.

“Blue Tarp Blues” was a highlight of Landreth’s performance at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The sound in this clip is admittedly a little muddy, but while this doesn’t harm Landreth’s usual fiery playing, it’s the lyrics that warrant close attention:

Air Force One had a heck of a view
Air Force One had a heck of a view
Looking down on the patchwork of the blue tarp blues.

I went a-walkin’ through the water
sprung a leak in my shoes
I went a-walkin’ through the water
sprung a leak in my shoes
that hole in my soul
give me the blue tarp blues.
I got the blues
I got the blue blue tarp blues.

There’s a crack in the ceiling and the system too
There’s a crack in the ceiling and the system too
But we got full coverage of the blue tarp blues.
I got the blues
I got the blue blue tarp blues.
I got the blues
I got the blue blue tarp blues.

No it wasn’t the weather that sank me and you
It was a bad fix of politics, greed and fools
That levee of lies couldn’t hold back the truth
We’re in deep but not out of reach
Throw me somethin’, mister.

I’m gonna fly my colors and watch for you
I’m gonna fly my colors and watch for you
Like a flag of hope, above the blue tarp blues

I got the blues
I got the blue blue tarp blues.
I got the blues
I got the blue blue tarp blues.

The lyrics are clearly printed in the booklet accompanying the CD, but every now and then I come across the lyrics on other sites, and I’ve noticed some bowdlerization going on that removes the song’s obvious anger at George W. Bush. Naughty naughty.

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