Cajun musician urges action from spill commission in song

While many folks told their stories to the national oil spill commission at public meetings in Louisiana this week, one local man hoped to move them in song.
Cajun singer-songwriter Drew Landry, who belongs to a local group concerned about the spill and is the subject of a documentary about his struggles for success in the music industry, first told commission members about difficulties he ran into when he tried to volunteer to help with cleanup.
Landry then launched into a rendition of “BP Blues,” which he wrote to chronicle the Gulf disaster. Check out his testimony below. Lyrics to the song are after the jump.

[h/t HuffPo, CrooksAndLiars.com]

Grew up on the southern shore
Louisiana now there ain’t no more
kickin mud off up a crawfish hole
barefooted with a fishin’ pole
Make a living with my own two hands
hell it’s part of being who I am
went to workin’ in the oil fields
that’s the only way to pay our bills
And if i’m lucky I can have a son
take him hunting like his daddy done
get him workin’ on a shrimpin’ boat
up and down the Gulf of Mexico
Eleven dead out on a deep sea rig
doin’ what it is they had to live
oil bleeding from a gaping hole
up and down the Gulf of Mexico
Morgan City down to Mobile Bay
Pascagula down to Fla
still I’m stuck out here for seven more
watching everything turn black offshore
And brother even if they cap the well
hell it’s just another oil spill
our way of life won’t be around no more
and all I wanted was to go back home.
Little brother he ain’t feeling well,
what you spraying on that oil spill
how may of us gonna lose our lives
before the people get to work on time
Kickin’ mud up off of a crawfish hole
barefooted with a fishing pole
goin’ back into the oil fields
that’s the only way to pay our bills…

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