Saltwater Swamp

Saltwater Swamp

Gwyn Jones's picture

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As part of our swamp series, Georgie sent me these incredibly evocative lyrics and I decided to go with a Cajun polka...

Georgie says: we decided to challenge each other to swap lyrics about an actual swamp this time for funsies… it took a bit of research on National Geographic! Biggrin

Lyrics: 

Where the cypress trees begin to grow
And the bare mud flats bow down low
The high tide water pours and forms
And the young swamp life gets born

Countin’ fish and sinkin’ sticks
Nettin’ skeeters an’ gettin’ bit
Droppin’ in sinkers and skippin’ rocks
Fetchin’ crabs when the tide’s gone

By the saltwater swamp is where I grew
I got Mississippi River in Louisiana roots
Like Savannah pines and the pitcher plants
My heart belongs to the wetlands

At the Bayou by night under the stars
Where the river ends and the Delta starts
The fireflies glow at their brightest light
When they dance on the water it’s a wondous sight

By the saltwater swamp is where I grew
I got Mississippi River in Louisiana roots
Like the Savannah pines and the pitcher plants
My heart belongs to the wetlands

The herons sing on the wide salt marshes
I watch 'em dive for mullet and conches
Songbirds swoop and catch the horse flies
I breathe the air and close my eyes

By the saltwater swamp is where I grew
I got Mississippi River in Louisiana roots
Like the Savannah pines and the pitcher plants
My heart belongs to the wetlands



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cindyrella's picture

Put a great polka and some Cajun flavor and you got my attention! This is so good I want to listen over and over. More please!

richaaaay's picture

Those lyrics are so perfectly descriptive. I feel like I’m right there counting sticks sinking in the mud. The Cajun polka works perfectly too. I really enjoyed hearing the little slide or peddle steel guitar sound dancing in and out throughout the song.

geoff61's picture

lots of fun this one, great lyric and vocal, love the polka too

davidtaro's picture

Love, love, love. The little accordian(y) motif is such fun, sets the mood instantly. It barrels along, the harmonies are superb, lyrics are really evocative. My only criticism is that it was over too soon Smile

Jerry Pettit's picture

My two oldest songs went to college in New Orleans--so I've been to the surrounding swamps many a time.

You guys have it covered! Another classic!

wacha's picture

This is so much fun! It feels like something you'd here at a wedding or other big party in the south and people would empty out onto the dance floor and go nuts dancing, kind of like how "On the Bayou" gets used in movies. Nice work to both of you, the lyrics are smart but still playful and that arrangement it top notch!

dzd's picture

Your research paid off, if I close my eyes I can feel the bite of the horseflies Biggrin nasty suckers, mostquitos usually leave me alone(mostly) you learn to quit using scented lotions/laundry soaps/shampoos/etc, very fast........ or even sprays, they just make you think they work....... but the horsefly they don't care how bland you might smell haha, and I swear they're vengeful, if they smell the blood of a fallen and slapped comrade they come in droves.