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Intro - x2 -: AmAm chord       EE chord        CC chord       GG chord
 
 
             AmAm chord                                             DmDm chord
I'll tell it like it happened, it was Darius and Noland and me,
        EE chord                                          AmAm chord         
Just a few po' boys trying to get up out of Missouri.
         AmAm chord                                            DmDm chord
Took 55 to Louisiana, stopped down by the highway to eat.
          EE chord                                 AmAm chord                     
They both had crawfish. Strictly chicken for me.
           AmAm chord                                        DmDm chord
Back out under thunderheads, the radio was Southern soul.
           AmAm chord                                            CC chord
They interrupted Clarence Carter with a strange-ass local show.
          EE chord
They were sayin'...
 
 
       AmAm chord             EE chord
"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
       CC chord                  GG chord
Rest your soul and feed your brain.
       AmAm chord               EE chord               
That's where you will get to see
       CC chord           GG chord    AmAm chord
Everything the water can be."
 
 
            AmAm chord                                                  DmDm chord
The rain was comin' down, the wind was howlin' outside of Slidell.
            EE chord                                                        AmAm chord
It was the kind of night that makes you think the whole world's goin' to hell. 
          AmAm chord                                                  DmDm chord
We got off on an exit 'cause we couldn't read the map so great.
          EE chord                                   AmAm chord
Near the Choctaw Motel, we parked to deliberate,
          AmAm chord                                             DmDm chord
When out of the bayou came a man like the lake had a tongue.
           EE chord                                                AmAm chord
He was right up on the glass, all yellow-eyed, black teeth, bangin' on the windshield,
                                             EE chord
Screamin' like a demon at the top of his lungs,
 
     AmAm chord                    EE chord
"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
      CC chord                   GG chord
Rest your soul and feed your brain.
       AmAm chord                 EE chord
Free for you and all your friends.
      CC chord                GG chord
Crawfish 'til the bitter end.
       AmAm chord               EE chord
Come down to Lake Pontchartrain.
     CC chord                 GG chord
Wade to where the shallows break.
       AmAm chord                EE chord
That's where you will get to see
      CC chord             GG chord     AmAm chord
Everything the water can be."
 
                                                  DmDm chord
I was drivin' out of there as fast as a Camry could,
                   EE chord                                                     AmAm chord
But the interstate was flooded, so I had to take the road through the woods.
         AmAm chord                                           DmDm chord
Bad move in retrospect; the road disappeared in the rain,
           EE chord
And I stood on the brakes when I saw the sign:
         EE chord
"Lake Pontchartrain..."
 
           AmAm chord
Darius was yelling that he saw somebody out in the swells;
                                           EE chord
He jumped out, runnin', and Noland was goin' as well.
          AmAm chord                                     DmDm chord
"Come back!" Why the hell would they leave the car?
           EE chord                       EE chord
And that's when I heard it, make no mistake -
            EE chord                         EE chord
The voices were calling them from under the lake...
 
 
"Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...   
Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
Come down to Lake Pontchartrain...
Come down to Lake Pontchartrain..."
 
           AmAm chord                             DmDm chord
The crawfish were screaming, the waves danced in time.
           EE chord                                AmAm chord
My friends went in deeper; the water, it climbed.
           AmAm chord                   DmDm chord
I watched in terror; the lake opened wide,
           EE chord                        AmAm chord
And horribly roaring, it pulled them inside.
          AmAm chord                      DmDm chord
That's how it happened! Why would I lie?
           EE chord                      AmAm chord
There were no bodies, I've got none to hide.
         DmDm chord                          AmAm chord
I'm just a poor boy, lost his friends in the rain.
         EE chord                                          AmAm chord  
Any more questions, just go and ask Lake Pontchartrain.
 
Outro: AmAm chord     GG chord          CC chord    AmAm chord    

This arrangement for the song is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this for private study, scholarship, or research.

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