"Louisiana Bayou" as written by David John Matthews, Mark Christopher Batson, Carter A. Beauford, Stefan K. Lessard, Leroi H. Moore and Boyd C. Tinsley....
No, no, Mama, now Devil done do-si-do
Two young boys lyin' dead by the side of the road
And the coins in their eyes represent the money they owe
No judge or jury ever gonna hear the story told

Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
Louisiana bayou

Sweet girl, daddy done beat that girl like he's insane
Brother can't watch him beat that girl down again
So late one night cookin' up with a couple of friends
Swears his daddy never gonna see another day

Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
(Louisiana bayou) Bring down a saint

No, no, Mama, the Devil done do-si-do
See two young boys lyin' dead by side of the road
Shame shame

Oh it's a shame to lose your way running wild
Oh it's a shame to lose the light that shines (shame shame)
Oh it's a shame to lose your way as a child
Oh it's a shame to lose your

Money on the bed, but you ain't got to go
Sold your soul just tryin' to get over low
No empty pocket gonna keep you from gettin' yours
No judge or jury ever gonna hear the story told

Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again
(Louisiana bayou) ?

No, no, Mama, Tryin' Devil done do-si-do
Two young boys lyin' dead by the side of the road

(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to get with the pain
See there's nowhere to go

Louisiana bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Troubles do it again

Same old sold story again (Louisiana bayou)
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again

(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Tryin' to play with the 'caine
Same old story again

(Louisiana bayou) Down by the bayou
Tryin' to play with the 'caine

Oh it's a shame to lose your way running wild (same old story again)
Oh it's a shame to lose the light that shines
Oh it's a shame to lose your way as a child
Oh (same old story again) it's a shame to lose your
Down by the bayou

Louisiana bayou

Louisiana bayou


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"Louisiana Bayou" as written by Carter A. Beauford Boyd C. Tinsley

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  • +1
    General Commentdont you think that all of DMB songs relate together? I mean that Daves context is always the same. every song..their all theologically connected. dave steps far back from its context and generalized his ideas.

    Louisiana is not above all know for cocain addiction. as opposed to any other location. this is a much more generalized story as dave states..."same old story again" one could read "playing with cain" (son of adam) thats a same old story.
    other song on stand up...wake up. stand up. might die trying..all related in sontext. la bayou is simply speaking of losing innocence. recognizing that sinning within a context brings one to death.. what is it..its lack of mercy. a mother sees her children dead on the pathway of life. thats enevitable. all die. same old story. the devil done do-si-doed..what killed the girl..money on the bed?..envy..greed. its sin. the "soul that sins shall die"...
    its all theological as dave writes in every song in various symbols..youve just got to look at the song from daves viewpoint. he cant "see" it any other way. but he can "say" it in a whole bunch of ways.

    pick any song. the theological thread is interwoven into it everytime.
    Me2on May 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song but didn't have a clue as to what Dave was saying. After reading the lyrics (prior to coming on here) I'm almost positive they're talking about drugs, coke and debts due to drug dealers or mobs or something. It's pretty well known that when Mobs kill people who owe money, they'd place coins on their eyes to represent that and warn others of what will happen if they don't pay. It kind of made me sad that such a happy lighthearted song, or so I thought, is about murder. I still like it though. Plus there's the first verse about the Devil doing the do-si-do. Obviously the devil would be dancing when happy that horrible things are happening.
    Beebon September 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. i fucking love this song. its def my fav on stand up. couldnt even begin to figure out what its about, but i dont care, it makes me happy and makes me dance. i love dave. and i love that band.
    DMBgurl4141on May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also am lost when it comes to what this song means....maybe loss of child innccence or somthing, heck I don't know, but it sure is an AMAZING song!
    Just1_BigEyedFishon May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty positive this song is about getting in too deep with cocaine (i.e. the 'caine).

    1ST VERSE: two boys owed money for coke and they couldn't pay up so they were murdered. the murderer put coins in their eyes to show that they were in debt.

    2ND VERSE: an abusive father beat a little girl so her brother got lit up with some friends and decided to kill the father.

    3RD VERSE: you're out of money but you keep feeding the addiction anyway.

    seems to fit together to me.
    Ogrodson May 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcoins on the eyes referr to death..a coin for the boatride across the river styx. nothing to due with drugs..its toiling in mans work..down in the bayou. the two "boys"..doesnt the song further speak of two men. a father and a son..both denying mercy to one another. they died for lack of mercy. the girl mentioned loses her innocence due to greed..or better yet. patience..its a shame to lose you way as a spiritual "child". ..its not about drug addiction..its about losing ones innocence
    Me2on May 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Ogrods on this one. To me it's pretty clear that it's about cocaine.
    detnelatnuon May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see the cocaine addiction...but i think it goes deeper than that, how deep or where it leads, i have no idea.
    Coins were placed on the eyes of the dead so that they could pay the toll to the Boatman on the river Styx. It has nothing to do with debt to anybody, it's simply how their soul was supposed to get into the afterlife.
    Dave may have wanted it to represent a debt to a specific person, but that's not the original intent of the custom.
    This is, I think, Dave's best song on the CD...it's the one that strays the least from the bands original style, and his heart really seems to be in the vocals on this one.
    Slakkeron May 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dunno, in my opinion i think people read into it a little TOO much...
    Ogrodson May 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard Dave talk about this song at storytellers(which they said will air in september). He said that he heard a story from a woman about two kids in Louisiana that she originally thought were sleeping, but when she got closer she realized they were dead. He said that this made him think about how there are people that are not as fortunate as we are, in some smaller towns in places like Louisiana.

    I too think the song is great!!
    jharapon May 18, 2005   Link

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