I’ve been thinking incessantly, for the past week or so, about the imminent Red River flood. My parents-in-law, a sister-in-law, and three nieces and nephews all live in Moorhead, Minnesota, right across the Red from Fargo, and my sister-in-law lives with her family upriver in tiny little Hendrum. The flood this weekend is certainly going to mess up their lives even more than the high water has already. I just hope the mess is more inconvenient than dangerous – but given the high water predictions, that might already be a hollow hope.
The slowly but steadily mounting disaster reminds me of the Bottle Rockets’ fantastic song, “Get Down River,” which rocks as played by the Bottle Rockets in the video below but sounded even better when covered the other weekend by Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders.
The poignant lyrics – don’t miss the last two lines:
I live in a river town, it’s pretty little
It’s high on the side and it sinks in the middle.
When the rain comes down, the river rolls up,
And fills up the low spots, all over town
Get down river, river get down, won’t you
Get down river, river get down
Once again you have messed up this old town
Get down river, get down
To the far side of town’s where I want to go,
To see my honey, but I don’t know
Looks like I’ll have to row
It’s like the Gulf of Mexico, down by the TexacoYou can drown downtown when the water is highIt’s been happenin’ here since I was a childThere ain’t nothing you can do to stop itJust hope for the best and mop up the rest