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Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say

GUEST,Ian 14 Oct 15 - 11:13 PM
Joe Offer 15 Oct 15 - 02:47 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 14 Oct 15 - 11:13 PM

Need lyrics for the Dr John song. Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 02:47 AM

Can't say I'm familiar with Dr. John. I found a YouTube video of I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say":

This Website (click) has an excerpt of the lyrics:

    Red beans and pinball machines/Chicory coffee and hoodoo queens/File gumbo and pralines/Everything's hot down in New Orleans/I thought I heard New Orleans say/They is a street parade/Down on Esplanade/If it rains we'll feel no pain/Cause we gonna march today.


So that's a start. But it's too late and I'm too tired to attempt a transcription tonight.

Great song, though.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 03:01 AM

Thanks Joe. A transcription some time would be a GREAT help.
I have the song on YT - I just don't understand the Dr with his accent and dialect.


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Subject: DRAFT: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 04:15 AM

It's an intriguing song, so I got out my headphones and a glass of whiskey. Here's what I came up with in 45 minutes. It's hopeless, but maybe some nice person like Jim Dixon will make sense of it.
-Joe-

I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
(Mac Rebennack & Doc Pomus)

I was in my brougham (?) dreaming
Of the lower night Lower Ninth buckaroos
Fat man Antoine Domino
Singin' rock 'n' roll and blues

Red beans, pinball machines
Chicory coffee and hoodoo queens
File gumbo and pralines
Everything's hot down in New Orleans

I thought I heard New Orleans say
They is a street parade
Down on Esplanade
If it rains we'll feel no pain
Cause we gonna march today. (3x)

Professor Longhair now
An he world renowned
'bout Rampart Street
He got a high-class sympathy orchestra
Oh, you know they can't be beat

Watch out around Shakespeare Park
You don't know what's cookin' in the ovens in the dark
Look out refute (?) is stay away
Startin from them breakdown today (?)

I thought I heard New Orleans say
They is a street parade
Down on Esplanade
If it rains we'll feel no pain
We gonna shoo-be-doo-be-doo-dah-day. (3x)

French (??)
Susiana's a Melotone.
Second line Flambeau's carryin' on
Big chief and the tribe done come and gone

Won't be no Mardi Gras down here
Police took it over this year
Mardi Gras won't stray too far
We have no Mardi strike and no funky Gras

I thought I heard New Orleans say
They is a street parade
Down on Esplanade
If it rains we'll feel no pain
Cause we gonna march today.
Shoo-be-doo-be-doo-dah-day (multiple times, then fade)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 04:40 AM

Apparently, this song is based on Buddy Bolden's Blues, by Jelly Roll Morton.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 06:36 AM

You're a champion Joe. Thanks. That'll do...I'll fill in the blanks with my own gibberish. I think it's based on Iko Iko....?
His autobiography is written the same way as his lyrics.
As a gesture of thanks a truckload of 1925 Laphroaig is on it's way to Mudcat HQ.
"Ian"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 08:20 PM

Hi, Ian -
This being a virtual community, I suppose that's virtual Laphroaig we'll be drinking...

Cheers!

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: i thought i heard new orleans say
From: D-String
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 10:01 PM

Unfortunately I've drunk it all.
Being 'virtual' there was no alcohol content.
Wasn't quite the same.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Oct 15 - 12:36 AM

Joe: I think line 2 is:

"Of the Lower Ninth buckaroos"

– referring to the Lower Ninth Ward.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 01:26 AM

You're right Jim and I also think it's "Fat man with fine diamonds" in a reference to Fats Domino. This is like deciphering the Egyptian tombs!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 02:25 AM

Oooh, ooh, where's the diamonds?

In the first verse, I hear quite clearly: Fat man Antoine Domino

I don't hear a second fat man.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 08:53 PM

Excellent work!

Keep digging!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 15 - 08:26 PM

You're right Joe, it IS 'fat man Antione Domino'. It's the way he sings "Do-ME-no" made me hear 'diamonds'. What other mysteries will be revealed. Mr Rebennack should have gone to elocution class but then we wouldn't have had his delightful vocal stylings.
Here's a thought: Dr John and Van Morrison in conversation.They're both indecipheral. To my antipodean ears anyway.
Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Thought I Heard New Orleans Say
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Oct 15 - 08:32 PM

I've just realised I've invented a new word, "indecipheral", which is also indecipherable.


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