High And Dry

from by Radoslav Lorkovic



Circumstance placed me in a ramshackle riverside mobile home south of Iowa City. It was passed onto me by Greg Brown. I scoured the place searching for residue of songs --I found corn fed mice and possums (indoors!) instead. I left for a long tour in Italy. I witnessed Italian coverage of Iowa floods --mostly concerning the Mississippi. I was on the Iowa River. Upon returning I was stunned to see the access road drop into a veritable ocean miles from my place. Four months later I was allowed to return. The water made it as high as my porch stairs. It touched the oil pan on my truck. When I opened the hood a snake slithered out. Started right up. Got to writin'....traded Italy for Mexico. Autumn '93.



They say my trailer's high and dry
somehow the water passed it by
how was I supposed to know
I'm still down in Mexico
They say my truck is running fine
all four wheels still touch the ground
baby since you let me go
got no reason to go home

Roads washed out the phones are down
looks like disaster all around
all my friends they moved to town
there's just no point in hanging round
water's up to my front door
the one you slammed a year ago
guess I must've left in time
bartender one more with a lime


I've seen it all from this here bar
It's front page news both near and far
the storms that drove me from my home
came way before the waters rose
they say it rained both night and day
till that old levee washed away
ah but it don't mean a thing
the sun shines hot, my head just spins



from High and Dry, released June 10, 1995


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