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JOHN CANNON: Music

Sweet Delareaux

(JOHN CANNON)
John Cannon

While working in New Orleans after Katrina, I started a song about a Weather Officer on a Hurricane Hunter crew who fell in love while on leave with a girl named Delareaux Faure. After some time, they decided to get married, but Katrina intervened and when he returned she was nowhere to be found.

  

 SWEET DELAREAUX (Faure) 

Words and Music by John Cannon

          

Sweet Delareaux, where are you

My heart is torn in two

Got to find my sweet Delareaux

 

 

In New Orleans our eyes first met, while I was parking my Corvette

I offered a drink, you acquiesced, I played my heart close to the vest

Sweet Delareaux, honey where are you

My heart is torn in two

got to find my sweet Delareaux

 

 

Weekends I’d come in from the base, we’d meet up at the usual place

It soon became more than a casual thing, So, I surprised you with a ring

Sweet Delareaux, honey where are you

My heart is torn in two, got to find my sweet Delareaux

 

 

Then all leaves were cancelled, Katrina was coming

I kissed your hand and got my engine runnin’

Instead of a night planning our wedding

I’d be on radar plottin’ a heading

 

 We scrambled the planes, and resources inland

But our hurricane hunters had a different plan

We suited up on the line and hit the sky

Heading straight for the hurricane’s eye

 

When we dropped in the center it was sunny and blue

But as I dialed in the readings we all knew

This was the worst anyone could recall

There’d be hell to pay when it made landfall

 

Sweet Delareaux, honey where are you

My heart is torn in two, got to find my sweet Delareaux

 

When I returned there was devastation cut through the heart of our nation

Your house was ten feet underwater then I saw the neighbor’s daughter

She said you got it out but didn’t know to where.  And that’s when my heart began to tear

I couldn’t find you and I couldn’t come back

‘cause the next day I shipped to Iraq.

Sweet Delareaux, honey where are you

My heart is torn in two, got to find my sweet Delareaux

Got to find my sweet Delareaux

Got to find my sweet Delareaux

Got to find my sweet Delareaux