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
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
To New Orleans