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Larry Sepulvado: Music

Where's Fats Domino?

writer: Larry Sepulvado

This song is about the Hurricane Katrina victims that got scattered around the country in the hurricane's aftermath. 

A few days after Katrina hit there were several days when the evening news was asking "Where's Fats Domino?" after he was photographed boarding a boat outside his flooded home in New Orleans & seemingly disappeared. Turned out he was staying in West Houston with a friend and had somehow missed all of the brouhaha surrounding his disappearance.

The almost nonsensical chorus plays into my fondness for late 50s/early 60s New Orleans r 'n b Top 40 hits like "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" by Jessie Hill, & "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey. Loyce Washington's vocal ad lib & Randy Thomas's guitar outro burn!

Where's Fats Domino?

What blew into town down in New Orleans

Flooded Lake Ponchatrain 

Muddied that Mississippi stream

Packed my Smith & Wesson 

And a pint of Jim Beam

My dimebag of stash and wore out dreams

Felt like forty days comin' on like forty nights 

When those levees bust loose we was buried alive


Row row row row row my pirogue 

Row row it down the bayou 

Gently down the stream life is but a dream

Row row row row row my pirogue 

Gotta go-go with the flow

What I really wants to know, 

Know, know, know, know, know, know, know, know... 

Where's Fats Domino?


Leavin' didn't leave a lotta choices to choose from

So that bus ride to Houston 

Was Greyhound gruesome

Steppin' in style sportin' alligator shoes

That I spit shine perfect pullin' outta Baton Rouge

Ain't anything anywhere anymore exhaustin' 

Than thumbing in the heat, city limits of Austin




Caught up with my mama down in San Antone 

She'd just come off a bad night at the Superdome

Run up hug my sister, yellin' hey grandma! 

We ain't never gonna see another Mardi Gras

When that Rita rain blew in 

That was our last straw 

They hauled us all off to Arkansas





Piano: Kevin McKendree

Bass: Steve Mackey

Drums: Lynn Williams

Guitar: Rob McNelly

Guitar outro: Randy Thomas

Slide Guitar: Matt Ellias

Backup vocals: Loyce Washington