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No Dry Ground

Lyrics © 1993 Avram Grumer & Michael Rubin
Tune: "No High Ground," by Leslie Fish


You don't need a satellite or almanac to tell
How the recent weather's made the rain statistics swell.
And just as sure as vapor that goes up must soon come down,
The storm front and the tides conspire to cause us all to drown.

Up to the attic window, out with the trusty boat.
The seawall and the levees only reach so far.
Sooner or later, the bay's gonna meet the sea.
This island's just a glorified sandbar.

No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore,
No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore.

The National Guard expects it; they try to keep it back
With lots of trucks and lots of men and sandbags in a stack.
They may succeed a day or two in keeping it at bay,
But soon or late the waters rise and wash them all away.

No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore,
No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore.

Ain't no dry land here, not unless it's floating.
Ain't no shelter here, and you must swim or sink.
Ain't no safety anywhere, unless you keep a rowboat there,
Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

Now, New York likes its towers, and we build 'em nice and tall,
And if they're well constructed, there's no danger that they'll fall.
But with the streets all flooded underneath the water's flow,
Manhattan's not an island, it's an archipelago.

Up to the attic window, out with the trusty boat.
The seawall and the levees only reach so far.
Sooner or later, the bay's gonna meet the sea.
This island's just a glorified sandbar.

No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore,
No dry ground, no dry ground, no dry ground anymore.

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