Mary, grab the baby, the river's rising
Muddy water taking back the land
The old-frame house, she can't take-a one more beating
Ain't no use to stay and make a stand

Well the morning light shows water in the valley
Daddy's grave just went below the line
Things to say, you just can't take 'em with ya
This flood will swallow all you've left behind

Won't be back to start all over
'Cause what I felt before is gone

Mary, take the child, the river's rising
Muddy water taking back my home

The road is gone, there's just one way to leave here
Turn my back on what I've left below
Shifting land, broken farms around me
Muddy water's changing all I know

It's hard to say just what I'm losing
Ain't never felt so all alone

Mary, take the child, the river's rising
Muddy water taking back my home

Won't be back to start all over
'Cause what I felt before is gone

Mary, take the child, the river's rising
Muddy water's changing all I know
Muddy water's changing all I know
Lord, this muddy water is taking back my home


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Muddy Water Lyrics as written by Johnny Bundrick

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    Song FactOn the Bad Seeds LP this song was credited to John Bundrick as it is mentioned up above. This was a mistake as this song is a cover of "Muddy Water" writen by Phil Rosenthal from The Seldom Scene (The Seldom Scene Act III album from 1973)..

    Brundrick actually wrote a song with the same name, which is part of the 1973 Free "Heartbreaker" album. Oh well, both are from the same year.
    TillKhalsenon August 06, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationBy the way, yet another song about the Mississippi flood in 1927 I bet.
    TillKhalsenon August 06, 2015   Link

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