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Sunday Samples 259

January 15, 2012

Since I’m in New Orleans again, I really should pick an appropriate song. Unfortunately, I’ve already used both of my favorites: Tom Waits’ “I Wish I Was In New Orleans”, and Harry Connick Jr. and Dr. John singing “Do You Know What It Means, To Miss New Orleans?”. Besides, I’m here already, not missing it!

Instead, here’s Dire Straits with “Planet of New Orleans”:

Standin’ on the corner
Of Toulouse and Dauphine
Waitin’ on Marie-Ondine
I’m tryin’ to place a tune
Under a Louisiana moonbeam
On the planet of New Orleans

In a bar they call The Saturn
And in her eyes of green
And somethin’ that she said in a dream
Inside of my suit I got my mojo root
And a true love figurine
For the planet of New Orleans

New Orleans
With other life upon it
And everythin’ that’s shakin’ in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of New Orleans

Now I’m tryin’ to find my way
Through the rain and the steam
I’m lookin’ straight ahead through the screen
And then I heard her say
Somethin’ in the limousine
‘Bout takin’ a ride across the planet of New Orleans

If she was an ace and I was just a jack
And the cards were never seen
We could have been the king and queen
But she took me on back to her courtyard
Where magnolia perfume screams
Behind the gates and the granite of the planet of New Orleans

New Orleans
With other life upon it
And everythin’ that’s shakin’ in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of New Orleans

With other life upon it
And everythin’ that’s shakin’ in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of New Orleans

The planet of New Orleans

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