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Katrinaville​/​Bayou Fog

by Mike Starling

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Katrinaville 04:39
Now me and my cat Walker We own the whole damn town Cuz the big storm came And took everything down Everyone around has fled To Baton Rouge it seems Texas, Mississippi Detroit and Milwaukee The heat is bad, the smell is worse I lay sleepless in my bed The quiet it can kill you If you ain't already dead Everything is dark here in Katrinaville Seems like there ain't a soul left in this place And I wander like a ghost here in Katrinaville Not much to do right now but sit and wait The water from Lake Ponchartrain Came rushin' thru the streets We watched it all on CNN On hotel room TVs The talking heads told the tale Of looting in the streets Murder at the Superdome And homeless refugees Prayin’ on their rooftops For help that never came A thousand people, maybe more Wouldn't make it... Yeah, everything is dark there in Katrinaville Seems like there ain't a soul left in the place And I wonder what I'll find back in Katrinaville Not much to do right now but sit and wait Words and music ©2005 Mike Starling Published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI) Lyrics reprinted by permission All rights reserved
Bayou Fog 07:21


Mike Starling's limited edition Katrinaville/Bayou Fog EP was originally released in 2006 in conjunction with the book "Katrinaville Chronicles" by New Orleans photographer David Spielman. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the initial release, these songs are now being made available online for the first time as part of Starling's "I Remember Travel" project.

The words and music were inspired by Starling's visits to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the emails Spielman sent to friends and family who evacuated the city while he stayed behind to document the "Big Empty."

Spielman's emails and photos were later published by LSU Press in the book "Katrinaville Chronicles," with copies of Starling's EP distributed at book signings. The original print run of the book has long been sold out; you may be able to find used copies at book stores or online.


released September 9, 2016

Performed/recorded/mixed by Mike Starling
Published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI)
Album cover art/design by Starling

A Nine Volt production



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