When the levee breaks Lyrics - Led Zeppelin

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If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When the levee breaks I'll have no place to stay

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home
Oh, well, oh, well, oh, well

Don't it make you feel bad
When you're tryin' to find your way home
You don't know which way to go?
If you're goin' down South
They got no work to do
If you're going North to Chicago.

Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good... no
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move

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All last night sat on the levee and moaned
All last night sat on the levee and moaned
Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home

Going, going to Chicago.. Going to Chicago..
Sorry but I can't take you..
Going down.. going down now.. going down...

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Classic tune | Reviewer: Adam martens | 7/27/12

This song is a classic. For those who are questioning the lyrics I suggest you sample the alternate version. I actually like the alternate version better.
Page's guitar & plants voice, no better combo in music

this kicks arses | Reviewer: tangerine | 4/18/12

Well, I live in Russia and probably will keep living in Russia and now The Levee describes the politic situation in Russia quite clear. This tension just keeps growing and there's nothing you can do about it at all and some day the whole country just gonna blow up and accidentally kill half of the government. Damn it.
Somehow I made few mistakes in this review, but who gives a damn, even if I'm a russian bear with no education. Yep.

Comment on Lyrics | Reviewer: Jim | 5/18/11

I see a few people talking about Buffalo Springfield or the originality of the lyrics here. Well the music is all original to LZ (and kicks azz too), but the lyrics are from a 1929 blues song of the same name by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy.

work of art that opens the mind into a whole new insight.. | Reviewer: zed leppelin rocks | 3/23/10

let the song take you as it comes.. outstanding yet adventerouse this song will make you think your thoughts away and leave you out in a world of endless opertunity.. idolize.. and imagine... defanatly in my top 3 favorite zeppelin songs... R.I.P. Bonham!

Keeping time | Reviewer: gardawg | 4/8/09

I really like the way Bonzo keeps time on this song, like a clock... just a steady persistent, insistant beat. Like the water rising. The cymbal crashes are amazing too, they give a really broad, open sound to this song.

When The Levees Broke | Reviewer: John | 1/23/09

I live in Louisiana. I've survived thru Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and most recently Gustave. Gustave literally destroyed the area i live in, then the rain came and flooded about half the parish. All of Ascension Parish (where I live) was without electricity for bout 2 weeks but about a third of the parish didn't have electricity for about a month. and i was layin n my bed sweating (since it was about 98 degrees on day 3) in the dark, and i saw my iPod Shuffle. So i turned it on and put it on random, and wat song should start playing but this one. I immediately started to chuckle at the irony. Now I smile everytime I hear this song. But, I'm still afraid I'll have to disagree with the rest of you because my favorite Zeppelin song is still "Kashmir"

Cannot describe it's badassness in words | Reviewer: Brennen Hankins | 12/18/08

I'm in love with this song. It's hard, it's blues-y, it's more Southern than a girl in Daisy Dukes bent over a cotton field, and the best part, it sounds like it can be used for some badass movie character entrance, like some hardcore dude walking in slo-mo with a big ass explosion in the background. It shatters the mind. Props to Zeppelin for kicking total ass, the song is amazing.

Great song but missing lyrics | Reviewer: Ryan H | 12/26/07

Tecnically, in spite of what i said above, the song is not missing lyrics. These are the complete lyrics to the STUDIO version of the song. The song relies heavily on slurred backing track and, as such, is difficult to re-create live. To date, it has only been played live six times. I have two live recordings of this song on bootlegs and at the end, they add extra lyrics. I cross-checked those lyrics with the lyrics to some various other songs on this site, and it turns out that they are actually just the first verse of "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield! You could at least put the extra live lyrics in brackets at the end or something. They are as follows:
There's something happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
And He tells me
"You have got to beware!"
I think it's time that we stop,children
What's that sound?
Everybody look! It's going down."

The Best | Reviewer: JG | 12/23/07

You can keep "Stairway" and all of the rest.
THIS is my favorite Zep song. Bonzo's pounding, Plant's wailing, and the sound just gets dragged through the mud. Outstanding.

Timeless | Reviewer: Julie Johnson | 9/13/07

Kick arse lyrics, kick ars mix blues-hard rock, timeless and completely applicable to N'awlins...both regarding the oppression of the poor black man and Katrina

One of my faves

Amazing... | Reviewer: Chris Pratl | 8/25/07

This is what LZ was amazing at doing: blues-based rock that sets one hell of a mood and STANDS timeless!

headsplitter | Reviewer: kris | 8/10/07

this song is so kick arse it just makes me want to air guitar!! party time!! excellent!!
they played it on the radio and i was so stoked that it was the first song that i got of the internet!! iff only music was like this nowadays....i think they played for the floods of 2006 or whenever they were. great song.

'ripped off' - how dare u! | Reviewer: Promina | 7/28/07

This song is unique in every way! The drum beat simply makes the song along with the haunting guitar in the background, zeppelin have made this song their own! to call this version a rip off is ridiculous because they have created an original pieve of music with someone elses words - u have to appreciate it!!

Work Of Art | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/17/07

Great song, it gives me a hard on.

For Anonymous | Reviewer: Jimmy | 3/11/07

'Ripped Off' is a bit of a stretch. Reworked is a better description. Notwithstanding that Zep probably did a huge service to Memphis Minnie in doing its version. Of course, McCoy and Minnie also quoted from the Count Basie Orchestra in the song too, so I guess that it means that they 'ripped off' parts of the song from another artist too.

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