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GUEST,reggie miles Song Challenge: Killer of New Orleans (34) RE: Song Challenge: Killer of New Orleans 21 Sep 05

I can't exactly explain the melody line I used here accept to say that it was an adaptation of a minor keyed blues by Skip James. I was inspired by the song as it was sung by the character who played Tommy Johnson in the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou". He was softly playing a small piece of it on guitar and singing it. While trying to figure out the guitar part, I ended up creating the melody that I used for the words below.

(Sorry I know this is rather vague.)

There was an old song that a friend used to sing. He called it, "High Water Blues". I took the verse pattern of his song and applied it to the minor keyed melody that I developed from the Skip James song in "Oh Brother". I used the first two verses of "High Water Blues" in this song except I altered the two line after parts.

(Are you confused yet?)

My minor keyed melody line (inspried by Skip James) plus, a couple of altered verses from "High Water Blues" along with a handful of my own, equals, "Katrina Blues".

Katrina Blues Reggie Miles 2005

I'm in Mississippi
Mud all in my shoes
My gal's in Louisiana
Got them high water blues

I got nuthin' left to lose
Got them high water blues

Hard times here
My house has washed away
Sittin' here prayin'
For a sunny day

Now I'm cryin' every day
My house has washed away

This river levee
Is long and tall
Katrina came to visit
Made that levee fall

Ain't nuthin' left at all
She made that levee fall

The mayor said
Move to higher ground
But there ain't no hills
For miles around

No hills to be found
In this old Delta town

Sittin' here moanin'
'Bout the hurricane
Times like these
Drive a man insane

It's a cryin' shame
About that hurricane

Katrina Katrina
You've got to go
Don't want you hangin
Round here no mo

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