Louisiana Man Lyrics

Johnny Cash


album: Track in album Personal File
release date: 2006-5-23
popularity : 4 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Gospel/Bluegrass
length: 3:29

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Johnny Cash Personal File cover art
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Well, at birth mom and papa called their little boy Ned
Raised him on the banks of a river bed
On a houseboat tied to a big tall tree
A home for my papa and my mama and me

The clock strikes three and papa jumps to his feet
Already mama's cooking papa something to eat
At half past, papa he's ready to go
He jumps in his pirogue headed down the bayou

He's got fishing lines strung across the Louisiana Rivers
Gotta catch a big fish for us to eat
He's setting traps in the swamp catching anything he can
He's gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man
Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man

My Muskrat hides hanging by the dozens
Even got a lady mink, a muskrat's cousin
Got 'em out drying in the hot, hot sun
Tomorrow papa's gonna turn 'em into money

Well, they call mama Rita and my daddy Jack
Little baby brother on the floor that's Mack
Bren and Lin are the family twins
And big brother Ed's on the bayou fishing

On the river floats papa's great big boat
And that's how my papa goes into town
Takes him every bit of a night and a day
To even reach a place where the people stay

And I can hardly wait until tomorrow comes around
That's the day my papa takes his furs to town
Papa promised me that I could go
He'd even let me see a cowboy show

I saw the cowboys and Indians for the first time then
I told my pop I've gotta go again
Well, Papa said, "Son we've got lines to run
We'll come back again but first there's work to be done"

He's got fishing lines strung across the Louisiana Rivers
Gotta catch a big fish for us to eat
He's setting traps in the swamp catching anything he can
Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man
Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man

Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man
Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man
Gotta make a living, he's a Louisiana man


Track Listing

  • 1 The Letter Edged in Black
  • 2 There's a Mother Always Waiting at Home
  • 3 The Engineer's Dying Child
  • 4 My Mother Was a Lady
  • 5 The Winding Stream
  • 6 Far Away Places
  • 7 Galway Bay
  • 8 When I Stop Dreaming
  • 9 Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
  • 10 I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
  • 11 Missouri Waltz
  • 12 Louisiana Man
  • 13 Paradise
  • 14 I Don't Believe You Wanted to Leave
  • 15 Jim, I Wore a Tie Today
  • 16 Saginaw, Michigan
  • 17 When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)
  • 18 Girl in Saskatoon
  • 19 The Cremation of Sam McGee
  • 20 Tiger Whitehead
  • 21 It's All Over
  • 22 A Fast Song
  • 23 Virgie
  • 24 I Wanted So
  • 25 It Takes One to Know Me
  • 1 Seal It in My Heart and Mind
  • 2 Wildwood in the Pines
  • 3 Who at My Door Is Standing
  • 4 Have Thine Own Way Lord
  • 5 Lights of Magdala
  • 6 If Jesus Ever Loved a Woman
  • 7 The Lily of the Valley
  • 8 Have a Drink of Water
  • 9 The Way Worn Traveler
  • 10 Look Unto the East
  • 11 Matthew 24 (Is Knocking at the Door)
  • 12 The House Is Falling Down
  • 13 One of These Days I'm Gonna Sit Down and Talk to Paul
  • 14 What on Earth (Will You Do for Heaven's Sake)
  • 15 My Children Walk in Truth
  • 16 No Earthly Good
  • 17 Sanctified
  • 18 Lord, Lord, Lord
  • 19 What Is Man
  • 20 Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home)
  • 21 A Half a Mile a Day
  • 22 Farther Along
  • 23 Life's Railway to Heaven
  • 24 In the Sweet Bye and Bye