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  1. missy and mary

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two young sisters rescued from the big flood at the last minute, then have to start all over again

missy and mary

trouble down here on the mississippi delta farm
governor's on the box trying to raise the alarm
trouble down here on the mississippi delta
missy and mary won't go to the shelter
trouble down here on the mississippi delta farm

river rose up carried everything away
main levee broke and the water ran night and day
river rose up and washed it all down
pigs and the chickens they lucky if they drowned
river rose up carried everything away

run river run

papa left the farm mary was just about ten
mary had to raise the children while her mama worked the men
papa left the farm mama up and died
brothers went to work little missy sat and cried
papa left the farm now mary's got to leave it again

but it was twilight jackson came in his pirogue
he had to come and get missy and mary from the second floor
now it's an evil dark ride through the bayou gators
but you got to leave the farm girl sooner not later
nightime falling finally got them in his pirogue

watch them gators now

mary can't teach missy can't pick cotton no more
what's a girl to do when you can't make a living like before
mary can't teach missy can't pick cotton
the school's under water and the fields are rotten
mary can't teach missy can't pick cotton no more

there's mississippi mud all over the whole damn place
mud in the hair in the food in the water on the face
mississippi mud now the water all drained
i ain't seen the like since the hurricane
mississippi mud all over the whole damn place

slide in that mud now look out

trouble down here on the mississippi delta now
missy and mary trying to start out again somehow
trouble down here on the mississippi delta
missy and mary back home from the shelter
trouble down here on the mississippi delta now
trouble down here on the mississippi delta now