Sandbags by the Dozen

2008 Jul 02

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This may be sung to the melody of "Heartaches by the Number" (1959).

The first hint that we had was heavy rainfall,

water gushing down from cloudy skies.

Then we knew that we were in big trouble

when we saw the river start to rise.

    Now we need sandbags by the dozen, sandbags by the score.

    Keep on fillin' sandbags; we need a hundred more.

    Shorin' up this levee is a fight that we must win;

    for to let our town get flooded would be a major sin.

 

We built our village down upon a flood plain.

It seemed a good idea at the time.

But then the river came up for a visit

and tried to fill our homes with mud and slime.

    So we need sandbags by the dozen, sandbags by the score.

    Keep on fillin' sandbags; we need a hundred more.

    Pile 'em high, pile 'em deep where the levee's thin.

    Pile 'em all around the town so the water can't get in.

 

The Weather Bureau said the danger's over.

The river was supposed to crest last night.

No one told the water, which kept rising.

When the levee burst we knew we'd lost the fight.

    Oh, we had sandbags by the dozen, sandbags by the score.

    We kept on fillin' sandbags and piled up dozens more.

    Opposing Mother Nature is a fight no one can win.

    With very little effort she made our dam cave in.

 

The water has gone down to normal levels.

The river flows again in its own bed.

But now another flood has come upon us;

it's one that makes us wish that we were dead.

    Yes, we have gasbags by the dozen, pundits by the score.

    Every bus that comes to town brings a dozen more.

    They're tryin' to pin the blame down. It's a game no one can win.

    We just want them to leave us so rebuilding can begin.

 

We built our lovely town back where we started.

You shoulda heard those pounding hammers ring.

You'd think the flood would teach us all a lesson,

but you'd think wrong, 'cause we ain't learned a thing.

    So we'll need sandbags by the dozen, sandbags by the score.

    Keep on fillin' sandbags, 'cause we'll need a thousand more.

    The river's calm and peaceful now, so we'll forget the pain

    until the water rises and floods us once again.

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