Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Some Lyrics

Every Christmas and every Carnival, I seem to seize on one or two songs that are my favorites. For this Carnival season, for me, it's Paul Simon's "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" and Dr. John's (by way of Kermit Ruffins) "All on a Mardi Gras Day." (Past faves include "If Ever I Cease to Love" and "Carnival Time" and "Mardi Gras Mambo.")

Here are the lyrics for 2007's faves:

C'mon take me to the Mardi Gras, where the people sing and play,
Where the dancing is elite, And there's music in the street
Both night and day
Hurry take me to the Mardi Gras in the city of my dreams.
You can legalize your lows; You can wear your summer clothes in the New Orleans.
And I will lay my burden down, rest my head upon that shore,
And when I wear that starry crown, I won't be wanting anymore.
Take your burdens to the Mardi Gras; let the music wash your soul.
You can mingle in the street; you can jingle to the beat of Jelly Roll.
Tumba, tumba, tumba, Mardi GrasTumba, tumba, tumba, day.
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The big bass drum lead the big parade, all on a Mardi Gras Day
The big bass drum lead the big parade, all on a Mardi Gras Day
The big bass drum lead the big parade, all on a Mardi Gras Day
All you could hear, the people say was Oh Bah Lea.
The Trombone was playing the tailgate song, all on a Mardi Gras Day
The Trombone was playing the tailgate song, all on a Mardi Gras Day
The Trombone was playing the tailgate song, all on a Mardi Gras Day
And all you could hear, all night and all day was Oh Bah Lea.
The Bugle player came down playing a bugle call, all on a Mardi Gras Day
Bugle player's head was full of with alcohol, all on a Mardi Gras Day
The Bugle player came down playing a bugle call, all on a Mardi Gras Day
And all you could hear, all night and all day was Oh Bah Lea.
The world passed by just south of St. Andrews Street, all on a Mardi Gras Day
From Tchoupitoulsas down to Magnolia Street, all on a Mardi Gras Day
I spied some Injuns and they spied me, all on a Mardi Gras Day
And all you could hear, all night and all day was Oh Bah Lea.
Black Eagle band singin' Fee-Nah-Nay, all on a Mardi Gras Day
Eh, La Bas, Come Si, Come Sa, all on a Mardi Gras Day
I spied some Injuns and they spied me, all on a Mardi Gras Day
All you could hear, the people say was Oh Bah Lea.

1 comment:

ashley said...

Eh, La Bas!

I remember the one year I had that stoooopid "Mambo #5" stuck in my brain. Feh.