BAYOU CORNE, LA — One woman in Bayou Corne is using her voice to help lift the spirits of a community struggling to stay strong since a massive sinkhole formed last August. Now the song ‘Bye Bye Bayou Corne’ has become a theme song for the community.
“Bye bye Bayou Corne. Bye bye you’ve done nothing wrong. A paradise to be hold. Bye bye Bayou Corne,” Mona Dugas, Bayou Corne evacuee and writer of ‘Bye Bye Bayou Corne,’ sang.
Mona Dugas lived in Bayou Corne for nine years. She never thought she'd have to say goodbye, but she was evacuated more than a year ago after a giant sinkhole showed up near her home.
"It's a sad story, but it's a true story," Dugas said.
She struggled to find a way to express the pain she went through since the sinkhole formed. Then a friend encouraged her to sing the words she had a hard time saying.
“It was my exit. My little exit from leaving this [situation]. [My way of] just escaping from the crisis.
Her inspiration for the lyrics? Her own experiences and her neighbors stories.
“I didn't want to mention the sinkhole. It was more for the people, the paradise, and what some of us had to leave behind,” Dugas said.
The stories evolved into the song ‘Bye Bye Bayou Corne.’
"It was my way of giving a tribute to the gift of living here, the gift of the bayous and the God made paradise,” She said.
The song itself became a gift to the community. Her neighbors chose to use the song to mark the one-year anniversary of the sinkhole.
“It humbled me by way of them coming up to me to hug me,” Dugas described. “They had tears in their eyes. I felt I was understood, the expression of my song so to speak everybody's song.
Dugas hopes the music will help her friends find peace.
"Not allowing it [the sinkhole] to put our life on pause any more,” She said. “After a year of hardship, it's time to move on."
Now Dugas and her husband live in Gonzales, but she says her heart still lies here at her home in Bayou Corne.
"I will never ever forget Bayou Corne or the people," She exclaimed.
Dugas is still waiting to be bought out from Texas Brine.