Mississippi Heavy Water Blues

DESCRIPTION: Singer tells of destructive power of Mississippi River floods of 1927; his woman and his home have both been washed away. Refrain: "That's why I'm cryin', Mississippi heavy water blues."
AUTHOR: Robert "Barbecue Bob" Hicks
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (recording, "Barbecue Bob" Hicks)
LONG DESCRIPTION: Singer tells of destructive power of Mississippi River floods of 1927; his woman and his home have both been washed away; he hopess for her return and yearns for another pay day. Refrain: "That's why I'm cryin', Mississippi heavy water blues." He says "Ain't no womens out here, for they all got washed away." "Mississippi shakin', Louisiana sinkin', the whole town's a-shrinkin', Robert Hicks is singin'. That's why I'm cryin', Mississippi heavy water blues."
KEYWORDS: grief homesickness loneliness lover river flood lament
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1927 - Mississippi River floods, devastating the Delta region and leaving thousands homeless
FOUND IN: US(SE)
RECORDINGS:
Robert "Barbecue Bob" Hicks, "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues (Columbia 14222-D, 1927)
Roscoe Holcomb, "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues" (on Holcomb02)
Josh Thomas, "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues" (on ClassBanj)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Great American Flood Disaster" (subject)
cf. "Mississippi Heavy Water Blues" (subject)
cf. "Mighty Mississippi" (subject)
File: RcMiHWBl

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