By Joost Nillissen
These are ominous times, darling. If it keeps on raining, the levee gonna break. Look out your window and see the day as only the Lord could make. Shouldn’t we be moving on?
I’ve been working there, both night and day and now I’m done, I’ve done my time. Even if they’d want me, I wouldn’t go back. They can strip you of everything you have.
Come on now, we’ve gotta move, there’s riches and salvation, just around the corner from you. You want me to leave you here? Is that the thanks I get? Don’t forget it was me who picked you up from the gutter.
There were times that we would look into each others eyes ’til one of us would break, but now I only see myself and all that I am and hope to be. The rain keeps pouring down and the levee might break any minute. Look outside and see the turmoil, all these people running, not knowing which road to take.
Come on now, we will be okay. When we’re together we can never be blue. You give meaning to my life and everything I do. Look, the waters are rising, and all the women and men on the run, carrying everything they own, the rich and the poor, some of them got barely enough skin to cover their bones.
Storm clouds are raging on our love, darling, something’s gotta give. Outside the levee might break. You can’t stay inside and keep warm. We’ve gotta move on.
How can I seduce you? You look so pretty in your evening dress. Or put on your cat suit. Don’t worry, I can still find work, plenty of stuff out there for you and me to take. Only a few more years and then there will be a thousand years of happiness.
Come on now, I’m ready, get ready. Okay, have it your way, we’ll leave tomorrow. It’s still raining though, the levee might break. We might not make it through the night, something might snap.
I said I won’t repeat the mistake of trying to make her love me, but as the sun comes up, I find there’s butter and eggs in my bed. She’s still asleep. I’m wide awake and I whisper: come back baby, say we never more will part. Don’t be a stranger without a brain or heart.
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