Black Ribbons
Lyrics Gretchen Peters

Written by: Gretchen Peters, Matraca Berg, Suzy Bogguss

Produced by: Doug Lancio, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh

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I built this house with my bare hands
On the shores of Louisiana
Took my sweet cher Jolie-Ann
For my own, my very own

Now every man has got his pride
I tried to shelter and provide
But I can't stop this poison tide
Rollin' in, rollin' in

Now I've nothing left to give her
No answer to her prayers
Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

Then came the wind, then came the rain
We defied that hurricane
And we built this house again
Stone by stone, stone by stone

But in the Gulf of Mexico
5000 feet below
Oh the devil's blood it flows
On and on, on and on

Now I've nothing left to give her
No answer to her prayers
Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

Oh how her eyes they used to shine
Fairest in Evangeline
Now they stare so cold and blind
Through my soul, oh Lord my soul

She was tangled in the saltgrass
Not a bullet left to spare
Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

Black ribbons on the water
Black ribbons for her hair

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"The Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. It was deadly, and it went on unchecked for 87 agonizing days. Lives were lost in the initial accident; other lives were lost in less immediate and visible ways. In the wake of a natural disaster, maybe we can pick up and rebuild, knowing, at least, that the world heals itself, and hopefully us with it. But this was nothing natural. Written with dear friends Matraca Berg and Suzy Bogguss following the oil spill of 2010. A wife destroyed by hopelessness, a husband destroyed by grief, and a hole at the bottom of the sea." - Gretchen Peters

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