We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Bywater (radio version)

by The Story Is Everything

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $1 USD  or more



It's all about a girl ... misunderstood! She moves to the big city to start her life in earnest, but finds herself falling back on old habits in one of the oldest subdivisions in New Orleans, the Bywater.

From the upcoming New Orleans-based concept album Tales from the Crescent, coming 3/21/2020!


She walked down to the levee
The sky was dark and heavy
A summer storm was cropping up again
With a polka-dot umbrella
Like a scene from a novella
She ate a cherry snowball in the rain

In Bywater, Bywater, Bywater
That old New Orleans neighborhood
Bywater, Bywater, Bywater
Lives a girl misunderstood

She came searching for a meaning
Without her parents intervening
An apartment close to St. Claude Avenue
On a quest of self-discovery
And emotional recovery
Through horn-rimmed hipster glasses she would view


She craved the authenticity
Of culture and ethnicity
Abandoning her former small-town ways
Rode her bike down to the Hi-Ho
Sang some karaoke solo
And sipped from her Abita Purple Haze


Her friends back home didn't get her
In that Salvation Army sweater
And the girl she loved just couldn't feel the same
So she shows a life off-kilter
Through an Instagram filter
And swears she has no pretense to maintain



released February 2, 2020
Tanya Voorhees: lead vocal, concertina
John Voorhees: harmony vocal, 6 string guitar, harmonica, bass, percussion
Chloe Bertrand: harmony vocal
Charlie Holt: mandolin

Music and lyrics by Tanya Voorhees
Produced by John Voorhees


all rights reserved



The Story Is Everything Gulfport, Mississippi

contact / help

Contact The Story Is Everything

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this track or account

If you like The Story Is Everything, you may also like: