The air was getting heavy
I knew that it was coming
So I started up the Chevy
And kept the motor running
A storm came down upon us
And flooded all the rivers
Surrounded by piranhas
And the doctors who deliver
Anything that you require
Now the fields are all on fire
Calling down the wire

La de da de da de da
Batten down the hatches Becky
Open up the earth and sky
Waiting on a natural disaster
Sitting out on my back porch
Watching storm clouds moving faster
Like a natural disaster

Hurricane between us
I saw it on the TV
I went down to Phoenix
To make my last CD
And nobody got paid
Just like the good old days
You can waste your life away

La de da de da de da
Batten down the hatches Becky
Open up the earth and sky
Waiting on a natural disaster
Sitting out on my front porch
Watching storm clouds moving faster
Like a natural disaster

I left Nova Scotia
And headed down the coast
Tore a strip off Memphis
Before I levelled Roanoke
I punished Pecos County
And headed for Las Cruces
Anyone around me
Will be covered in my bruises
You want something to remember me by
You can write my name in the sky
Sing La de da

La de da de da de da
Batten down the hatches Becky
Open up the earth and sky
Waiting on a natural disaster
Sitting out on our front porch
Watching storm clouds moving faster
I’m a natural disaster
I’m a natural disaster


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Natural Disaster song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentBecky's his wife, Rebecca Kraatz.
    njgon September 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJudging by the timing of this song, Joel wrote it after Hurricane Juan, a hurricane that hit Halifax, Nova Scotia in September 2003. The end of the song refers to his journey down south to record La De Da.
    Hippychickon March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa, it's a pretty obvious song. I was hoping that the 1 other comment here wasn't going to say something way too deep into the lyrics. Thanks.
    McCluskeyon April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is called natural disaster, nautical disaster is a tragically hip song
    killrockstarzon August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthurricane juan was amazing, i enjoy this song its makes me think of the week afterwards with no power and no school. good times
    supersonic39on November 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, amazing. Great song, but Supersonic39, perhaps I should remind you that the storm killed 8 and caused $200 million in damages..
    ck87on December 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell the Juan interpretation would make sense because I think Joel's place in Dartmouth was affected (a tree to the roof maybe?).

    But if I remember correctly he said that he wrote the song on the way up to record the album in the South so in would make sense if he was going through the parts of the south suceptible to tornados.
    billboneson March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, but who's Becky?
    rosaliedawnon September 07, 2008   Link

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