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Artist: Randy Newman
Album: Good Old Boys

There's a hundred thousand Frenchmen in New Orleans
In New Orleans there are Frenchmen everywhere
But your house could fall down
Your baby could drown
Wouldn't none of those Frenchmen care

Everybody gather 'round
Loosen up your suspenders
Hunker down on the ground
I'm a cracker
And you are too
But don't I take good care of you

Who built the highway to Baton Rouge?
Who put up the hospital and built you schools?
Who looks after shit-kickers like you?
The Kingfish do

Who gave a party at the Roosevelt Hotel?
And invited the whole north half of the state down there for free
The people in the city
Had their eyes bugging out
Cause everyone of you
Looked just like me

Kingfish, Kingfish
Everybody sing
Kingfish, Kingfish
Every man a king

Who took on the Standard Oil men
And whipped their ass
Just like he promised he'd do?
Ain't no Standard Oil men gonna run this state
Gonna be run by little folks like me and you

Kingfish, Kingfish
Friend of the working man
Kingfish, Kingfish
The Kingfish gonna save this land
Comments/Interpretations
by Anthony Murphy. on 10/19/2008 4:58am
Randy had the courage to write a tribute to the only political genius America has produced up to the present time.Hughie Long was only popular among the poor whites of his home state but they loved him with good cause. Great
Song.
by Fragile Industries on 6/2/2010 10:38pm
Oh, how prophetic a song ... if only Standard Oil, BP and all the rest of Big Energy didn't run the state, and the country too. "Louisiana 1927" was retold by Katrina, now this song and the oil spill ... Randy, you should tell fortunes.


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