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Louisiana Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort

"Come Back to Louisiana"

Words and Music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood

Adopted in 2006.

"Come Back to Louisiana", adopted and established as the official state  song for Louisiana Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort in 2006.

Louisiana Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort:
"Come Back to Louisiana"

"Come Back to Louisiana"

Since you left me the
tears are fallin'
Can't you hear my lips a callin'
Come back come back to Louisiana
Katrina/Rita caused this aching
It's my heart you're breakin'
Come back come back to Louisiana
Nothin' seems right
No days just nights
Don't you know I'm lonely
And I want you only
My pirogue' don't pole the same
Some times I don't know my name
Come back come back to Louisiana
Some times I think I'm dying
Even the willow trees are cryin'
Come back come back to Louisiana

Origin of Song: "Come Back to Louisiana"

 Come Back to Louisiana was re-recorded in 2006 to encourage victims of Hurricane Katrina to return home and to rebuild. The Louisiana Legislature adopted it as the official state song in 2006, giving Louisiana, already the only state with two state songs - You Are My Sunshine by former Gov. Jimmie Davis and Give Me Louisiana - three official ballads. Chevalier, who now lives in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, had his office flooded and his home suffered tree damage during Hurricane Katrina. Somehow, it seems only natural that he would remake Come Back to Louisiana and end up singing it a cappella to the Louisiana Legislature. He still performs several times a year and has performed for two international festivals in England: the Hemsby Festival (2005) and the Americana Festival (2006).

 Louisiana Laws

Act No. 200 of the 2006 Louisiana Legislature declared the

The law designating the song "Come Back to Louisiana," by Kenner musician Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood, the official state song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort  is found in the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 49,  Section RS 49:170.14.

TITLE 49 - State administration
RS 49:170.14 - State song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort; official state troubadour

RS 49:170.14

§170.14. State song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort; official state troubadour

A. There shall be an official state song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort. The official state song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort shall be "Come Back to Louisiana", a musical composition with lyrics and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood; the lyrics reading as follows:

Since you left me the

tears are fallin'

Can't you hear my lips a callin'

Come back come back to Louisiana

Katrina/Rita caused this aching

It's my heart you're breakin'

Come back come back to Louisiana

Nothin' seems right

No days just nights

Don't you know I'm lonely

And I want you only

My pirogue' don't pole the same

Some times I don't know my name

Come back come back to Louisiana

Some times I think I'm dying

Even the willow trees are cryin'

Come back come back to Louisiana

B. Jay Chevalier shall be known as the official state troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts as he travels the world bringing awareness of the destruction caused by the hurricanes and the continuing needs of the people of Louisiana.

Acts 2006, No. 200, §1.

State Songs
US State Songs
Forty-nine states of the United States (all except New Jersey) have one or more state songs, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state.
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