Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Mostly playing this because it makes me remember when I was a young peguin, the rare Louisiana Swamp Penguin, roaming South Louisiana on my little one-cylinder 500cc motorcycle. I've been most of the places that Mary Gauthier mentions in this song. This is "The Sugar Cane", and describes one of the things that happens every year right before cane harvesting time, which is to catch the fields on fire to burn off the leaves and branches, leaving the canes themselves with the juices still inside to be harvested. The smoke is bad for you, BTW. Not because it has anything toxic, it's just the particulates in it that can clog your lungs up. Still, it's hardly on par with, say, your typical oil refinery, when it comes to pollutants -- oil refineries will give you cancer.

-- Badtux the Wistful Penguin

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