Louisiana Story

- Lucinda Williams
Released: 2016 Genres: Rock
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Lyric "Louisiana Story"

In the Deep South when I was growing up
Looking back on the sweetness
Looking back on the rough
The sun going down, crickets at night
Lawnmower sounds and mosquito bites
Swatting at a fly, hearing the neighbors talk
So hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk
Outside playing barefoot in the street
Tar would be sticking to the bottom of my feet
Running and chasing after the ice cream wagon
"Mama, can I have a quarter so that I can get me one?"

On a good day mama'd make us sweet coffee milk
On bad days she cussed when something got spilled
And Daddy taught the Bible, Lake Charles to Monroe
Shreveport to Slidell, Baton Rouge to Thibodaux
He chewed tobacco and spit out in a can
All the while hollering, "Don't let the screen door slam"

Her daddy's kind didn't spare the rod
Blinded by the fear and the wrath of the Lord
He'd call her a sinner, say, "you're going to hell"
Now finish your dinner and tell 'em you fell
And when the blood came
Her mama told her she was unclean
And her mama would scold her
Mama always felt Christian guilt
And then put to bed under a homemade quilt

God knows it rains in Louisiana
But not enough to wash away the sins of the father
And God knows momma loved her daughter
And they say that blood is thicker than water

Down in the Deep South when I was growing up
Looking back on the sweetness
Looking back on the rough

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Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams has won wide acclaim for such albums as 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and 2011's Blessed.