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Sunday, September 04, 2005

a mother in jefferson parish

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there is a mother in jefferson parish
she's living in a retirement home
the waters are rising when she calls you
let her know help is coming soon

there is a mother in jefferson parish
she's living in a retirement home
tell your momma that help is coming
not yet time for her soul to roam

there is a mother in jefferson parish
she's living in a retirement home
she called for help but help ain't coming
she's drowning on the telephone

(chorus)
our system is working, have faith, you'll see
our system is 'a working fine
praise the lord and grateful be
praise the lord divine
we will save the pearl of the quarter
praise the lord divine

there you are in a hotel suite
you can hear the AC drone
feel the breeze that is ocean sweet
a thousand miles from home

there you are at maggie mae's
she has that place up north
she'll take you in and wash your feet
she's the woman that jesus knows

(chorus)
our system is working, have faith, you'll see
our system is 'a working fine
praise the lord and grateful be
praise the lord divine
we will save the pearl of the quarter
praise the lord divine

there's a child in the freezer room
just a boy of seven or so
a man came in and broke him down
that boy don't move no more

there you are in the center of god
reach your hands so far
fire is the world when it's transformed
flood covers up the scars

(chorus)
our system is working, have faith, you'll see
our system is 'a working fine
praise the lord and grateful be
praise the lord divine
we will save the pearl of the quarter
praise the lord divine

there is a mother in jefferson parish
she's living in a retirement home
the waters are rising when she calls you
let her know help is coming soon

there is a mother in jefferson parish
she's living in a retirement home
tell your momma that help is coming
not yet time for her soul to roam

there is a mother in jefferson parish
living in a retirement home
she called for help but help ain't coming
she's drowning on the telephone

(roaring)
there you are in the center of god
reach your hands so far
fire is the world when it's transformed
flood covers up the scars, baby
flood covers up the scars

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Above: Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard as interviewed on MTP--image from Crooks & Liars.

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6 Comments:

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen.

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger LorE Denizen said...

Omigod MJS I burst into tears watching that clip.

 
At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Great Cthulhu said...

If my Inner Human could freely express himself, the SS would be at my door in seconds.

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger Anntichrist S. Coulter said...

Ah, but if only the Great Cthulhu COULD express himself, and his great appetite for evildoers... *sigh*

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous A Texan in Bavaria said...

With a few changes (to shorten the number of syllables per line), I found myself singing it to some half-remembered bluegrass tune. It made me cry.

"A mother's in Jefferson Parish,
Livin' in an old folks home;
The waters are a' risin',
But let her know that help is comin' soon"

"our system is workin,
have faith and you'll see,
our system is a' workin' fine,
praise the lord divine!"


(someone with actual musical talent should put this as-is to music... the world needs to hear your song.)

 
At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It works very well to hum to Wilco's "Misunderstood" tune.

Utterly fantastic.

 

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