Old Louisa's Movin' On

from by Spencer Bohren

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Marilyn & Spencer Bohren, 2009

House too big. House too old.
One day soon, house be sold.
Old Louisa’s movin’ on.

Family home, two hundred years.
All those voices, she still hears.
Old Louisa’s movin’ on.
Old Louisa’s movin’ on.

Fourteen families, twenty-two rooms.
One twenty-one, in the family tomb.
Short-staple cotton and indigo
Built this house on the Bayou Road.
Old Louisa’s movin’ on.
Old Louisa’s movin’on.

No one left to give a damn
Since Uncle Jack went to Alabam.
They passed him around from hand to hand
‘Til he found him a girl in Birmingham.
Called her on the telephone,
Said, “Hey, hey, Babe, I can’t take no more.”
Left Louisa all alone,
Sitting by herself in the family home.
Now Old Louisa’s movin’ on.

Sitting alone. Ain’t no one else home.
Old Louisa, she’s rambling on.
Thinks she’s talking to Dominique and Pierre.
Rattling on to the empty chair.
Hot ‘n’ sticky like midnight fire.
Old Louisa, she’s at the end of the line.

Now, old Louisa’s movin’ on.
Old Louisa’s movin’ on.
Old Louisa . . .
Movin’ on . . .


from Spencer Bohren - Blackwater Music, released April 11, 2011



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