Sixteen Days

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    This was inspired 2017 Dec 08 by the wildfires currently burning in Southern California and the anticipated aftermath. It may be sung to the tune of "Sixteen Tons", recorded in 1955 by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

 

It rains sixteen days and whadya get? A whole lotta mud thatís soft and wet.

You donít wanna be there when the ground lets go, Ďcause that mud is heavy and itís gonna flow.

 

Southern California is the place to be, enjoying mild weather by an azure sea.

Have a good home there? Indeed, you shall. Just stay away from the chaparral.

 

The brush grows thick and itís ten feet high. It holds the soil and its mighty dry.

You donít want to be there on the side of a hill. If the fires donít get you, then the mudslides will.

 

One rainy day I got a special treat. I watched a house slide down into the street,

like an elephant skidding down the side of the hill. The owners inside must have got a thrill.

 

The rain is gonna come now, by and by. Homesíll get flooded and people will die.

You think California is under a curse? Let me tell you, brother, other states are worse.

 

It rains sixteen days and whadya get? A whole lotta mud thatís soft and wet.

You donít wanna be there when the ground lets go, Ďcause that mud is heavy and itís gonna flow.

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