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Build A Levee

Song by Natalie Merchant
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Song Lyrics

When I was just a little girl my mamma said to me

"Beware of the the devil my child in the dark rocky places he`ll keep.

Beware of the devil my child. Beware of his charming ways.

You`ll fall under an evil spell just looking at his beautiful face.

You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside."

"Don`t go walking by the riverside alone in the pale moonlight.

He`ll come up upon you girl with no earthly body in sight

Come up on you girl and and he`ll whisper something sweet

Then take you where the waters rise so high and run so deep."

"You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside.

Gotta build yourself a levee deep inside.

Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high."

Now when I was just a little girl my mamma said to me

"Beware of the the devil my child but if by chance you should meet

Beware his cold dark eyes full of bold and unholy deceit.

He`ll tempt you with a whirling pool of lies

And promises he`ll deny or that he will never keep."

"You gotta build yourself a levee deep inside.

Build yourself a levee deep inside.

Build yourself a levee girl when the waters run high."

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 5 Motherland Studio Album 2001
1 9 Retrospective 1995-2005 Compilation 2005
1 9 Retrospective 1990-2005 Compilation 2005
1 5 Trilogy (Three Classic Albums) Compilation 2005
1 4 iTunes Session Live 2011
1 2 Live Sampler 2002
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Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American alternative rock singer-songwriter. She joined the band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, and was lead vocalist and primary lyricist for the group. She remained ... View All »
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Natalie Merchant - Motherland
Track Song Title Duration
1 This House Is On Fire 4:43
2 Motherland 4:44
3 Saint Judas 5:46
4 Put the Law on You 5:02
5 Build A Levee 4:46
6 Golden Boy 3:43
7 Henry Darger 4:27
8 The Worst Thing 5:48
9 Tell Yourself 5:10
10 Just Can't Last 4:30
11 Not In this Life 5:22
12 I'm Not Gonna Beg 3:40
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Natalie Anne Merchant (born October 26, 1963) is an American alternative rock singer-songwriter. She joined the band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, and was lead vocalist and primary ... View All »
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