Monday, August 29, 2005

New Orleans is Floating

Read this, about how hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and Mississippi this morning, causing floods and major damage. It has halted US oil production, causing surges in price. Evacuating most of the city, and sending more to shelters, resulted in traffic jams that barely crawled. There was fear that something like this could cause toxic spills and devastation to the floating casinos in its path. Because parts of New Orleans are below sea level, it is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. The stories are chilling. Drowning seems like a terrible way to die. The fear of mounting seas, rain and the damage it causes for months and months as people try to rebuild homes, connect families, and reconnect power is hard to take.

Ironically, it reminded me of this song, by the band with an ironic name. Please excuse me for posting it if you are insulted by this, but when things are this bad, I try to find something to entertain me:

New Orleans is Sinking -by Tragically Hip

bourbon blues on the stree, loose and complete under skies all smokey blue-green i can't forsake a dixie dead-shake so we
danced the sidewalk clean my memory is muddy, what's this river that i'm in? new orleans is sinking man and i don't wanna swim

colonel tom. what's wrong? what's going on? you can tie yourself up for a deal he said, "hey north you're south shut you big
mouth, you gotta do what you feel is real" ain't got no picture postcards, ain't got no souvenirs my baby, she don't know me
when I'm thinking bout those years

pale as a light bulb hanging on a wire sucking up to someone just to stoke the fire picking out the highlights of the scenery saw
a little cloud that looked a little like me

i had my hands in the river my feet back up on the banks looked up to the lord above and said, "hey man thanks" sometimes i
feel so good, i gotta scream she said gordie baby i know exactly what you mean she said, she said, i swear to god she said...

my memory is muddy what's this river that i'm in?

new orleans is sinking man and i don't wanna swim

3 Comments:

Blogger gulnaz said...

have you heard the nursery rhyme, rock a bye baby?
pretty ironic too. :)

4:19 AM  
Blogger Lorena said...

poor people. i hope they can keep their spirits up.

cool song. it is ironic. thanks for sharing it :)

8:15 PM  
Blogger Potted-flower said...

no mardi gras for them, or however you spell it.

damn katrina.

3:44 AM  

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