Build a Levee Lyrics

Natalie Merchant


album: Track 5 in album Motherland
release date: 2001-11-13
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genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Alternative Rock/Folk Rock
length: 4:48
producer: T-Bone Burnett and Natalie Merchant
drums: Matt Chamberlain
vocal: Natalie Merchant and Mavis Staples
mixer: Jim Scott
engineer: Mike Piersante
electric guitar: Greg Leisz
recorded by: Mike Piersante
Rhodes piano: Natalie Merchant
bass: Bob Glaub
Hammond organ: Elizabeth Steen and Keefus Ciancia
Chamberlin: Patrick Warren
tenor saxophone & baritone saxophone: David Ralicke
assistant mixer: Jenn Hilliard and Robert Read
composer: Natalie Merchant
lyricist: Natalie Merchant

Cover Art

Natalie Merchant Motherland cover art
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When I was just a little girl my mamma said to me,
"beware of the devil my child
In the dark rocky places he'll keep
Beware of the devil my child
Beware of his charming ways
You'll fall under an evil spell
Just looking at his beautiful face
You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside"

"don't go walking by the riverside
Alone in the pale moonlight
He'll come up upon you girl
With no earthy body in sight
Come up upon you girl
And he'll whisper something sweet
Then take you where the waters rise
So high and run so deep."

"you gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high"

Now when I was just a little girl my mamma said to me,
"beware of the devil my child
But if by chance you should meet
Beware of his cold dark eyes full of bold and unholy deceit
He'll tempt you with a whirling pool of lies and promises
He'll deny or that he will never keep"

"you gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Gotta build yourself a levee deep inside
Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high"




Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 This House Is on Fire
  • 2 Motherland
  • 3 Saint Judas
  • 4 Put the Law on You
  • 5 Build a Levee
  • 6 Golden Boy
  • 7 Henry Darger
  • 8 The Worst Thing
  • 9 Tell Yourself
  • 10 Just Can't Last
  • 11 Not in This Life
  • 12 I'm Not Gonna Beg