"Louisiana Land" as written by and Damian Kulash Timothy Nordwind....
Miss Antoinette, she went out with a song
Selling booze and silver shoes and singing right along
Shotgun and a limousine, while the baby dolls march on
Miss Antoinette, she went out with a song

And, it's the long way down
Yeah, it's the long way down

Down at the Maple Leaf, they pack 'em in
We all get sauced, turn down the house, so we start all over again
And tonight, we'll all get reborn to a couple fifths of gin
Here we go

The rich boys get their money back
When the banks go belly up
But, if you're downtown when the levees break
Well, you're shit out of luck, shit out of luck

And over at the place, they train the gods
With Stanton on the drums, you don't need no one on guitar
And sometimes, all it takes is going way too far

And, it's the long way down
Yeah, it's the long way down
Aw, it's the long way down
A long way down

And all the rich boys get their money back
When the banks go belly up
But, if you're downtown when the levees break
Well, you're shit out of luck

The penthouse paupers need your help
So everybody lend a hand
And maybe they'll get you a real, sweet price
On the Louisiana land, alright

Now, Christ down on the street with his trombone
And even though the 12 years olds have got it in their bones
Above these 20 blocks, no one's alone

And the rich boys get their money back
When the banks go belly up
But, if you're downtown when the levees break
Then, you're shit out of luck

The penthouse paupers need your help
So everybody lend a hand
And maybe they'll get you a real, sweet price
On the Louisiana land, alright

(Louisiana land) It's the long way down
(Louisiana land) It's the long way down
(Louisiana land) It's the long way down
(Louisiana land) It's the long way down
Shit out of luck


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"Louisiana Land" as written by Timothy Nordwind Damian Kulash

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    Lyric Correction"The rich boys get their money back when the banks go belly up
    But if you're downtown when the levees break well you're shit out of luck.
    The penthouse paupers need your help so everybody lend a hand
    And maybe they'll get you a real sweet price on Louisiana Land."

    It's "rich folks", not "rich boys".

    Great song.
    offleon May 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentGreat Song! Written for a compilation that i'm pretty sure went to benefit victims of Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans. This is a song about how the average public are often ignored by the government, while the same average people are often required to step in and help the rich and powerful when they need it.
    manicmarkuson December 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is the most obviously political song they've ever written. I think it could be argued that some of their songs have an undertone of mocking conservative government and anyone else who they think is politically idiotic. I mean, Damian wrote "How Your Band Can Fire Bush" for god's sake, and Damian isn't religious at all, so we know where they (specifically Damian) stand. It's no secret. But I love that they just went for it in this song, and it still sounds wonderful. Plus the melody is simple, but still danceable. Plus I love that Damian is almost yelling the lyrics. Like he really wants you to shut up and listen. And DO something.

    It's moments like these that make me remember why OK Go is my absolute favorite band in the whole world. Brilliant. Favorite song on the new album.
    Christa426on January 30, 2011   Link

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