Wild! Alan Jackson & Lee Ann Womack! Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man!

Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack shared the stage on April 1, teaming up to sing "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." The song was originally recorded by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, and was the title track of their 1973 duets album.

"Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" is a song written by Becki Bluefield and Jim Owen, and recorded as a duet by American country music artists Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. It was released in May 1973 as the first single and title track from the album of the same name. The song was their third number one on the country chart as duo. The single would stay at number one for one week and spend a total of 13 weeks on the country chart.

 

Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the song has an "up-tempo Cajun sound" and that the pair comes off beautifully." It goes on to say that the song is a "change of pace and, naturally, well produced."

 

The song details the travails of a couple geographically separated by the Mississippi river. They emphatically pledge that their love is too great to let the wide distance of the river keep them separated. Overcoming alligators and bouts of distraction (the man is often sidetracked by spending time fishing) the man pledges to somehow cross the river while the woman claims she'll go so far as to swim the distance (1 mile the song claims). 

Lyrics

 

[Conway Twitty:]

Hey, Louisiana woman

[Loretta Lynn:]

Mississippi man

[Both:]

We get together every time we can

The Mississippi River can't keep us apart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

 

[Conway Twitty:]

See the alligators all a waitin' nearby

Sooner or later, they know I'm gonna try

When she waved from the bank

Don't you know I know

It's a-goodbye fishin' line, see you while I go

With a Louisiana woman waitin' on the other side

The Mississippi River don't look so wide

 

[Conway Twitty:]

Louisiana woman

[Loretta Lynn:]

Mississippi man

[Both:]

We get together every time we can

The Mississippi River can't keep us apart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

 

[Loretta Lynn:]

Well, I thought I'd been loved, but I never had

'Til I was wrapped in the arms of a Mississippi man

When he holds me close, it feels almost

Like another hurricane just ripped the coast

If he can't come to me, I'm gonna go to him

That Mississippi River, Lord, I'm gonna swim

 

[Conway Twitty:]

Hey, Louisiana woman

[Loretta Lynn:]

Mississippi man

[Both:]

We get together every time we can

The Mississippi River can't keep us apart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

 

[Conway Twitty:]

Well, Mississippi River, Lord, it's one mile wide

And I'm gotta get me to the other side

[Loretta Lynn:]

Mississippi man, I'm a-losin' my mind

Gotta have your lovin' one more time

[Conway Twitty:]

I'm gonna jump in the river and here I go

Too bad, alligator, you swim too slow

 

[Conway Twitty:]

Hey, Louisiana woman

[Loretta Lynn:]

Mississippi man

[Both:]

We get together every time we can

The Mississippi River can't keep us apart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

[Conway Twitty:]

Hey, there's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

[Conway Twitty:]

There's too much love in this Mississippi heart

[Loretta Lynn:]

Too much love in this Louisiana heart

[Conway Twitty:]

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