There's a snake hole dug in the Mississippi mud
Black snake swimming in the
This is the story that the cottonmouth told,
Told to the cotton picker's daughter.
There's a snake flows down
through the middle of the land
Black snake made of water.
Then the snake skin peels and the new moon wheels,
A'dancin' with the
Down in New Orleans, stompin' down
Up in Memphis hanging 'round
Cottonmouth don't make no sound
don't fool around.
Chopping cotton in the sun
Women's work is never done (oh no)
Sunday dresses, dusty shoes,
sing the gospel blues.
With their singin' shoutin' prayin'
Cryin' "Glory Hallelujah"
Life's too short for fear of
When the river's high.
Down in New Orleans, stompin' down. . .
Time stands still in cotton patches,
shirts and old blue jeans.
Red winged blackbirds standing sentry
On the banks of New Orleans.
Across the dry fields, Old Man
Rustles through the cotton rows.
Levee's broke and the water's rising
That snake just goes and goes.
poor man, it don't matter,
When your time has come.
This old river's bound for glory
In the setting sun.
Young man seeds the old man's harvest,
Master's house has come undone.
70 total appearances
- 02/05/1999 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
- 02/11/1999 Lory Student Center, CSU Ballroom - Ft. Collins, CO
- 02/13/1999 Ten Mile High Room - Breckenridge, CO
- 02/16/1999 The Art Factory at Lawson Hill - Telluride, CO
- 02/26/1999 Harry O's - Park City, UT
- 03/03/1999 Emerson Theatre - Bozeman, MT
- 03/07/1999 Garfinkle's - Whistler, BC
- 03/13/1999 The Wild Duck - Eugene, OR
- 03/18/1999 Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
- 04/05/1999 Canopy Club - Urbana, IL
- 04/10/1999 Smith Opera House - Geneva, NY
- 04/14/1999 Pearl Street - Northampton, MA
- 04/22/1999 Headliner's - Louisville, KY
- 04/26/1999 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
- 06/19/1999 The Art Factory - Telluride, CO
- 10/13/1999 Bogart's - Cincinnati, OH
- 10/20/1999 Walker Center - Wilkesboro, NC
- 10/26/1999 Colonial Theatre - Keene, NH
- 01/31/2000 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
- 02/04/2000 House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
- 02/09/2000 Elk Horn Ballroom - Sun Valley, ID
- 03/08/2000 Rose Room - Boise, ID
- 03/14/2000 Mateel Community Center - Redway, CA
- 04/01/2000 Stubb's BBQ - Austin, TX
- 04/14/2000 Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
- 04/20/2000 Lincoln Theatre - West Hartford, CT
- 05/05/2000 Saenger Theatre - New Orleans, LA
- 06/22/2000 Navy Pier - Chicago, IL
- 06/26/2000 Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
- 07/04/2000 Paolo Soleri - Santa Fe, NM
- 07/15/2000 Horning's Hideout - North Plains, OR
- 07/21/2000 Greek Theatre - Berkeley, CA
- 07/30/2000 Snowbird Events Center - Snowbird, UT
- 10/22/2000 Kent Student Ballroom - Kent, OH
- 10/28/2000 Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
- 11/08/2000 The Norva - Norfolk, VA
- 11/15/2000 Alabama Theatre - Birmingham, AL
- 02/19/2001 Dobson Arena - Vail, CO
- 02/28/2001 Tucson Convention Center - Tucson, AZ
- 03/16/2001 Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC
- 04/18/2001 Brady Theatre - Tulsa, OK
- 04/26/2001 Palace Theatre - Louisville, KY
- 05/05/2001 Riverstages - Nashville, TN
- 06/28/2001 Georgia Frontiere Pavilion - Sedona, AZ
- 07/09/2001 Westfair Amphitheatre - Council Bluffs, IA
- 07/30/2001 Navy Pier - San Diego, CA
- 11/01/2001 Electric Factory - Philadelphia, PA
- 04/08/2002 Bronco Bowl - Dallas, TX
- 06/26/2002 Mud Island Amphitheatre - Memphis, TN
- 07/11/2002 River's Edge - Somerset, WI
- 10/28/2002 Cal Poly Rec Center - San Luis Obispo, CA
- 10/05/2003 Tower Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
- 10/10/2003 Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA
- 12/11/2003 Grand Portland Ballroom - Portland, OR
- 04/03/2004 Oxford, UK
- 07/08/2004 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
- 10/19/2004 The BJCC - Birmingham, AL
- 10/25/2004 Louisville Palace - Louisville, KY
- 10/10/2006 Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN
- 10/20/2006 Pompano Ampitheatre - Pompano Beach, FL
- 08/05/2007 Camp Zoe - Salem, MO
- 03/10/2011 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO
- 07/03/2011 Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
- 11/27/2011 Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
- 12/07/2011 The Pageant - St Louis, MO
- 07/13/2012 Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
- 10/16/2015 Riverside Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
- 10/23/2015 Theater at Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 03/10/2017 The Eldo - Crested Butte, CO
- 03/18/2017 Crystal Bay Club - Crystal Bay, NV