A House in New Orleans
Words by Jenn Lindsay.
Music based on a traditional English ballad, anthologized by Alan Lomax in 1941 and famously covered by many. "Amazing Grace" bridge music written by John Newton in 1800, currently public domain.


There was a house in New Orleans
Destroyed by rising floods
It stands for the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, we are that one.

Someone saw this coming
Off the Gulf Coast for days
Chief on the golf course at the ranch
As New Orleans was razed.

The weak and busted levees
Evacuation of whites
Young girls raped in the Astrodome
40 days and 40 nights.

Amazing Grace, his motherís fate
She called for help on the phone
Rescue workers three days late
Sheíd already died alone

You donít stick up for the poor man
The poor manís swept away
Who will enlist to stick up for you
When youíre being swept up someday?

There was a house in New Orleans
Destroyed by rising floods
It stands for the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, we are that one.