"When The Levee Breaks" as written by and Joe Mccoy....
If it keeps on rainin'
(If it keeps on rainin')
If it keeps on rainin'
(If it keeps on rainin')
The levee's goin' to break
(The people’s goin’ to break)
The levee's goin' to break
(The people’s goin’ to break)
If it keeps on rainin'
(If it keeps on rainin')
The levee's goin' to break
(The people’s goin’ to break)

When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
We’ll have no place to stay
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)

Mean old levee
(Mean old levee)
Mean old levee
(Mean old levee)
Taught me how to weep and moan
(Taught me how to weep and moan)
Taught me how to weep and moan
(Taught me how to weep and moan)
Mean old levee
(Mean old levee)
Taught me how to weep and moan
(Taught me how to weep and moan)

When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
When the levee breaks
We’ll have no place to stay

All last night
(All last night)
All last night
(All last night)
I sat on the levee and moan
(Oh cryin' won't help you)
I sat on the levee and moan
(I sat on the levee and moan)
Prayin' won't do you no good
(I sat on the levee and moan)
All last night
(All last night)
Oh cryin' won't help you
(I sat on the levee and moan)
Prayin' won't do you no good
(I sat on the levee and moan)

When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
When the levee breaks
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)
We’ll have no place to stay
(Hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hu)


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  • +1
    General Comment“When the levee breaks” is the point of no return. When it does happen you can sit back and relax and watch how things have gone to shit, because anything that could’ve or should’ve been done doesn’t matter anymore because the levees have broken. Quite simple really!

    But I think this song is being sung from higher grounds, from above the flood waters, in a kindeh “I told you so” tone … anyhow once again we have all been warned!
    mota37on June 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAPC is one of the only bands who are able to take a song, do a cover, but also call it their own. They can take a old song, put a new beat to it, put a different emotion behind it, then it transforms into an APC song.
    Very intelligent band they are. I can't wait to hear their fourth album. If and when they create it. Tool is still pretty awesome too. A band where their creativity is beyond any other bands.

    Keep this music alive, support APC, Tool, & Puscifer
    .:Motley:.on November 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally did surgery on my favorite zeppelin song.. but that's okay.. still gonna have to buy the cd.
    hailtokidamnesiacon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's still 5 and a half minutes long... they repeat the lines like crazy. As far as I can tell, that's all the whole song (other than the repeats). Let me know if you think there's anything else, and I'll change it.
    prayingmantis84on November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay this is NOT A LED ZEPPELIN COVER. It is a cover of Memphis Minnie's "When the Levee Breaks" from 1929. Zeppelin also did a cover of it. The song is about America.
    Black Dogon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZeppelin version is much better... APC's is still cool thought... but not better than Led Zep's
    reck_666on November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis whole album is a bunch of covers. One of the biggest reasons that I didnt buy it.
    jamesherbertkeenanon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI myself am not particularly fond of covers, but I still think you ought to get this one. I think it's part of the point, that we've been singing about these things for sometime now.
    BotchedEuphoriaon November 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard about this cd I was disappointed that it was predominately covers. But when you realize... APC doesn't do covers, they MAKE their own songs with existing ones. It's truley incredibly, and I think to not only convey someone elses message, but to also convey your interpertation well is brilliant.
    shokknterroron December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE apc, but this has to be their worst song ever. I'm a huge zep fan, and zep has done a lot of covers. When zep covered it though, it was much longer, and then they slowed it down and layed vocals over it, which gave it that sound.

    I do love the album, this song is the only one i hate. i think the vocals suck, and the music is completely uninspired. APC could have done SO much better.
    insidiouskylaron December 06, 2004   Link

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