New Orleans Town

I’ve been working on this song called “Going to New Orleans”. I’m trying to combine two sections, a fast section and a slow, switching-to-minor-key section, all into one song. .

I’m still not sure it’s a good idea. The words that are stuck in my head for this song are “Going back to New Orleans” or something like that.

It is amazing how much music has come out of New Orleans. Clearly the city’s history of cultural interersections, interminglings, and confluences – together with its location on one of the world’s great river deltas – makes New Orleans a special place. And one cannot think of New Orleans without thinking of the Katrina hurricane and the terrible destruction of the flooding. But one hopes the best for the city. I myself hope to visit there soon.

Goin back to New Orleans.

Goin on back to the Land of Dreams

Goin back

To New Orleans.images-1images

Gonna walk down Basin Street

When I hear that music, gonna shuffle my feet

When I get down  – to New Orleans

Hey baby take my hand

Don’tcha wanna go to the promised land?

Dontcha wanna go to New Orleans?

Ohhhh, but the waters they come down

Ohhhh, the waters they come down

Ohhh the waters they come down

Ohh them awfuls days

But I’m going back to New Orleans

Gonna ride that Mississippi Queen

Gonna watch the sun come up over New Orleans

Well I never been to New Orleans

But I’m gonna go there yes I am

Gonna go

To New Orleans

23 thoughts on “New Orleans Town

  1. I went to New Orleans the last week of May. It is tourist friendly, and a great place to buy and sell art in the Square. Culture every single inch of the city….but I could have done without the drunks vomiting and the stench of said vomit in the French Quarter. Do take a tour bus to learn of the fascinating history of the city landmarks and do sit along the river to be serenaded by bluesy guitarists who’ll make you feel like you are one with the river in the moment.

  2. good tribute to New Orleans with the piano! Maybe better than music done with guitar and blues harp. I remember brass bands with piano on a truck driving through New Orleans.

  3. O, you got it down, Stephen. From the first chords, I was there, lounging at the Cafe Dumonde, listening as history unfolded to broken brick streets…….. There’s no where like New Orleans. Before I listened, when I was reading – I thought of other songs I love about New Orleans. For those who know her, it is an endless love affair. Another favorite is “Lake Charles” by Lucinda Williams. Louisiana is a state of longing made sweeter. Absolutely extraordinary, my friend. ~ Much love, Bobbie

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Bobbie. From the get-go I sought help with the lyrics. After all, I’ve never been there. I asked Pennypress (now sixdegreesofphotography, who recently returned to N.O. for help, but she didn’t write anything yet. So…
      I’ll check out that Lucinda Williams song.

      1. Here’s what I can tell you…….

        the waters wash up
        but not high enough
        to drown out the sinking within
        the warmth to remembrance
        ten thousand leagues deep
        are felt as the wages
        of sin

        music plays long
        as barter gives way
        to the sweat where the night
        comes to note
        whispers are passed
        to the edge of the way –
        forgiveness to places

    1. Well, I had to finish it myself because someone (I won’t say who, but her name starts with an L and ends with ynne, didn’t help me. The words still aren’t finished, tho. The song still needs some help.

  4. I love it Bumba, describing a City I’ve only heard about, like you never been, but unlike you, will never have the chance. (unless you post some personal photo’s of course, when you finally get to visit 🙂 ) xx

    1. Thanks. I suppose you have a longer trip. I’m hoping to get there and I’ll take my camera. Maybe I’ll also get to Kansas City , St. Louis and Chicago town. And when I get to Europe…

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