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music & lyrics: Tanya Reichard Voorhees

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Papa Napoleon took her then by the hand
And wed the wild-eyed untamed child bride to the American

Lady Louisianne
Fortunate is the man who can
Admire the ornamental ways
Both renewal and decay
Adorn your lovely hand

Your sons, the cypress, dance the two-step
With your oak tree daughters
And all the while, like lace gray petticoats,
The dark gulf waters
Swirl about your ankles high
And you heave a perfumed sigh of honeysuckle breeze

Skin both tan and brown
Creamy and red reknown
Patinaed gilded wrought iron gleam
Baton Rouge and New Orleans
Jewels in your tarnished crown

Lady Louisianne
Verdant Acadienne
An emerald cabochon at rest there upon your ample breast
Beckoning beast and man

Through your veins and arteries the Mississippi churns
And deep within your heart the longing lust of history burns
And fills your eyes with clouds and rain
There upon the Ponchartrain
The storm surge rumbles in

Lady Lousianne, I am at your command
A grand dame aging gracefully
A trollop tawdry sometimes be
Duplicitous promised land

Lady Louisianne …

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from The Story Is Everything, released May 17, 2012
John and Tanya Voorhees: all vocals
John: acoustic 6-string guitar, bass, shaker, tambourine
Tanya: acoustic 6-string guitar, mandolin, concertina

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