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Who Brought the Flood?

by Debra Cowan

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This track appeared on "The Journey Home" a recording that was released to bring awareness of Mountaintop Removal, a method of coal extraction. This was the second compilation CD that was released. "Mama, Who Brought the Flood" was written by Mike and Julie Barry. Debra will donate all of her share of the proceeds from purchases made of this track to the Sierra Club Environmental Law Foundation.


Who Brought the Flood?

Who brought the flood, Mama?
What did I do that was wrong?
Did I bring the flood, and the rivers of mud?
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

You said faith could move mountains.
You taught me right from wrong.
But mountains come down, and black waters drown.
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

Who brought the flood, Mama?
What did I do that was wrong?
Was I wicked and bad
Did I make God mad?
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

You held my hand, Mama
So I’d lie down and sleep all night long.
But as I closed my eyes I heard you cry.
Oh, Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

Mountains come down; black waters drown.
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

You said we live off this mountain
And the mountain takes care of its own
Finding ginseng and ramps in the cool green and damp
Mama, what will we do when it's gone?

Who brought the flood, Mama?
What did I do that was wrong?
Our mountain so strong is torn down and gone
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

Our mountain so strong
Is torn down and gone
Mama, what did I do that was wrong?

© 2008 Michael J. Barry (BMI) & Julie Pruitt Barry (BMI)


released August 9, 2017
Vocal Guitar: Debra Cowan
Guitar, Piano, Vocal: Mike Barry
Mandola: Duke Levine
Percussion: Dave "DM" Mattacks
Mixed by Huck Bennert
Recorded at Babyland Studio, Medford, MA


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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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