"Money for Floods" as written by Richard Shindell. It appears on his "Reunion" CD. Richard sometimes plays in Joan Baez' band when she tours....
My name is Eliza
I live by the river
My daughter Louise
Will be three in July
If July ever comes
It's beginning to feel like
The water will never
Surrender the field

Everyone knows
The river will swell
But they always find money
They always find money
They always find money for floods

The president came
In a green helicopter
He and the governor walked all around
My sister broke down
And he gave her a hug
He told her he'd do everything that he could

Everyone knows
The river will swell
But they always find money
They always find money
They always find money for floods

When I was sixteen
I went out with a boy
I'd tell you his name
If I thought it would help
He told me he loved me
And tossed me a girl
The bigger my belly
The faster he ran

Everyone knows
The river will swell
But they always find money
They always find money
They always find money for floods

My name is Eliza
I live by the river
My daughter Louise
Will be three in July
If July ever comes
It's beginning to feel like
The water will never
Surrender the field


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"Money for Floods" as written by Shindell

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    General CommentI've been wondering about this song. It is unavoidable that rivers flow, and that once in a while there's a flood. The government doesn't spend money on preventing floods, but they always find money once they're there. What does this have to do with Eliza? Her belly 'floods' and she is starting to feel that this flood never ends: she's in over her head. But what does the government have to do with this? What's the link between the floods?
    tinustijgeron March 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationWritten before Hurricane Katrina, it's a commentary about how the government always bails out folks who experience floods but doesn't do very much to support single mothers.
    Jarvis415on June 14, 2015   Link

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