Intro - x2 -: Am0 E1 C2 G3 0
Am4 Dm5 2I'll tell it like it happened, it was Darius and Noland and me,
E6 Am7 3Just a few po' boys trying to get up out of Missouri.
Am8 Dm9 4Took 55 to Louisiana, stopped down by the highway to eat.
E10 Am11 5They both had crawfish. Strictly chicken for me.
Am12 Dm13 6Back out under thunderheads, the radio was Southern soul.
Am14 C15 7They interrupted Clarence Carter with a strange-ass local show.
E16 8They were sayin'...
Am17 E18 11"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
C19 G20 12Rest your soul and feed your brain.
Am21 E22 13That's where you will get to see
C23 G24 Am25 14Everything the water can be."
Am26 Dm27 17The rain was comin' down, the wind was howlin' outside of Slidell.
E28 Am29 18It was the kind of night that makes you think the whole world's goin' to hell.
Am30 Dm31 19We got off on an exit 'cause we couldn't read the map so great.
E32 Am33 20Near the Choctaw Motel, we parked to deliberate,
Am34 Dm35 21When out of the bayou came a man like the lake had a tongue.
E36 Am37 22He was right up on the glass, all yellow-eyed, black teeth, bangin' on the windshield,
E38 23Screamin' like a demon at the top of his lungs,
Am39 E40 25"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
C41 G42 26Rest your soul and feed your brain.
Am43 E44 27Free for you and all your friends.
C45 G46 28Crawfish 'til the bitter end.
Am47 E48 29Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
C49 G50 30Wade to where the shallows break.
Am51 E52 31That's where you will get to see
C53 G54 Am55 32Everything the water can be."
Dm56 34I was drivin' out of there as fast as a Camry could,
E57 Am58 35But the interstate was flooded, so I had to take the road through the woods.
Am59 Dm60 36Bad move in retrospect; the road disappeared in the rain,
E61 37And I stood on the brakes when I saw the sign:
E62 38"Lake Pontchartrain..."
Am63 40Darius was yelling that he saw somebody out in the swells;
E64 41He jumped out, runnin', and Noland was goin' as well.
Am65 Dm66 42"Come back!" Why the hell would they leave the car?
E67 E68 43And that's when I heard it, make no mistake -
E69 E70 44The voices were calling them from under the lake...
47"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
48Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
49Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
50Come down to Lake Pontchartrain..."
Am71 Dm72 52The crawfish were screaming, the waves danced in time.
E73 Am74 53My friends went in deeper; the water, it climbed.
Am75 Dm76 54I watched in terror; the lake opened wide,
E77 Am78 55And horribly roaring, it pulled them inside.
Am79 Dm80 56That's how it happened! Why would I lie?
E81 Am82 57There were no bodies, I've got none to hide.
Dm83 Am84 58I'm just a poor boy, lost his friends in the rain.
E85 Am86 59Any more questions, just go and ask Lake Pontchartrain.
Outro: Am87 G88 C89 Am90
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