Floating in the lower nine
Waiting for a boat to throw me a line
See my Stella smile
Sitting on the roof eating alligator pie
First day the water rise
Second day the sun is high
Third day Stella cried cause night times dark as a dead man's eye's

Tell me when is help gonna come
Stella said daddy when you gonna put me in a song?

Morning ride on by thank lord everybody's alright
Don't mean to throw us a second line
The devil left us here to die

Stella said daddy when you gonna put me in a song?

All the things we know and
Everything we hoped for
All the things we wanted
Everything that was sure
Now there is a scar
Where the old men used to be
The corner store and market
Where Stella used to sing to me

Grace is all i'm asking
When will grace return

Remember how I feel in those days of the summertime
Then Stella smiled
Stella said daddy when you gonna put me in a song?

Tell me lord when help is gonna come
Daddy when you gonna put me in a song?

Lyrics submitted by MidwestDrummer

Alligator Pie (Cockadile) song meanings
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    General CommentReally Diggin' this song!
    jarrodw805on May 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStella is one of his twin daughters
    youthrillmeon May 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song could possibly be about those who where trapped and whatnot during hurricane katrina. the first line would be a reference to new orleans' ninth ward
    tes3289on May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Katrina.

    Lower nine = Lower ninth ward, the most devastated area in New Orleans.

    It is about Dave Matthews' opinion that George Bush screwed up Katrina: "The devil left us here to die," in other Bush left us hear to die. It is also about how the entire area was generally destroyed; he talks very specifically about a store being destroyed.
    camericanon June 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah its about Katrina specifically the lower ninth. But dave explains in live at beacon theater that his daughter asked him to write a song about her since he usually writes songs about his daughter grace (who he also makes reference to in the song) so he put her in a song in the setting of the days right after Katrina.
    This is my interpretation of the story: Its days after Katrina and this guy and his daughter are sitting on top of there roof waiting for help and its not coming and the guy realizes it but his daughter has a childish view on things and she just keeps asking her dad to write her a song.
    Also this song is amazing
    gingerlax99on June 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's so sweet that he finally wrote a song with Stella in it. Now he just needs to write one about August...
    cityondown78on June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso where did the Cockadile thing come from? It's not in the album anywhere as far as I can tell...
    cityondown78on June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStella is the main female lead in "Street Car Named Desire" which took place in New Orleans..
    piercwcon June 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentvery good point piercwc!!
    That kind of sucks for Stella, Grace does get written about more. Why wouldn't he write more about her?
    Anyways, everyone says this album is lacking in depth. And sure, just listening it sort of does sound like that. But you read the lyrics and it's like "WHAT?!" I love this band. I can't pick a favorite.
    trn3ngoon June 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhy does he always say grace is gone? was that his sisters name?
    ironlungs20on July 06, 2009   Link

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