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GUEST,Ed Silberman Hurricane Relief Song: Big Muddy (MP3) (4) Lyr Add: THE DAMN FOOL TOOK THREE DAYS (Silberman/ 16 Sep 05

I have written a new lyric for "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" about the Bush administration's response to the Katrina disaster. It is called "The Damn Fool took Four Days". A CD recording is available from me, as well as an MP3 at Mudcat (see the entry "MP3 ADD The Damn Fool Took Three Days, September 15, Joe Offer" -above). I'm selling the CD for a suggested $5 donation to the American Red Cross. Please send checks to me at 6527 Whitney Street Oakland CA 94609. Likewise if you are going to download from this site please send a check to the relief agency of your choice when you do. You can use the download time to write out the check. Inquiries about the song can be made at The lyrics are printed below. I am gratefully appreciative to Pete Seeger for permission to use his song this way.

(lyrics by Ed Silberman, music by Pete Seeger)

Oh the wind was raging and the water was rising and the sky was dark and mean
And when the lake broke through the levee, such a sight I've never seen
People were crying, people were dying, people walking 'round in a haze
We were knee deep in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

People were looting, people were rooting through the shelves for whatever they could find
If you had money you got out of town but the poor folk got left behind
In the land of plenty our stomachs were empty, we looked for a helping hand
We were waist deep in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

Well I don't claim to know the answers, no I don't claim to have plan
But when a person has the title of Chief you're relying on that man
My house was a ruin, my neighbors were dead, I thought help was on the way
We were neck in the big muddy and the damn fool took four days

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