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Vivian finds her heart just might be stuck in gumbo clay.

lyrics

SONG: GUMBO BOTTOMS

It sucks you in, it pulls you down,
It's slippery, sticky, rich and brown,
It's clay-like muck that sticks like glue,
It's stuff that holds on fast to you.

When the river floods and shifts the land,
It leaves behind rich silt and sand.
Walk on through this mucky goo,
It'll take your boots right off of you!

Chorus
A gumbo is a soup, that's true --
Okra thickens it up like stew.
Our gumbo bottoms are thick with mud,
That sticky stuff gets in your blood.
Gumbo is "patois" they say --
By Creoles down New Orleans way.
Our gumbo's mud and silt and sand--
Thick, rich "patois" of river land!

Now, gumbo has the power to heal,
Its drying ways will form a seal.
It'll draw the poison from your skin,
And lets the healing time begin.

It's hard to leave, but if you do,
You'll find that mud still stuck on you.
Can't leave this place too far behind--
Gumbo holds to your heart and mind

Chorus
A gumbo is a soup, that's true ---
Okra thickens it up like stew.
Our gumbo bottoms are thick with mud,
That sticky stuff gets in your blood.
A gumbo is "patois" they say,
By Creoles down New Orleans way.
Our gumbo's mud and silt and sand,
Thick, rich "patois" of river land.

Once you're here, you tend to stay,
It's hard to shake off gumbo clay,
Can't leave this place too far behind,
Gumbo holds on fast to your heart and mine!

credits

from Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical, released May 22, 2014
Vocals - (in order of 1st solo lines) Lou Thompson, Deb Jewett, Steve Jones, Willie Cogshell, and Lesley Oswald
Cathy Barton – banjo, Dave Para – guitar, Thomas Verdot – fiddle, Kevin Hennessy – upright bass

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Gumbo Bottoms Band and Cast Boonville, Missouri

"Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical" was inspired by stories of people who lived and worked along the Missouri River. Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts, a community organization in Boonville, Missouri, sponsored the development of the musical, the premiere in 2008, the regional tour and this studio recording. ... more

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