The spillzone flooding in Louisiana meant to protect the bigger cities like New Orleans is definitely a hot button topic. But no matter what side of the opinion fence you sit on, there is one thing for certain: The state of Louisiana has been through quite a lot in the last decade, flooding just being one of the many things the state (and New Orleans) has had to face.
In honor of the brave people of Louisiana and New Orleans, we’ve compiled a list of our Top Ten Hopeful Songs For Louisiana and New Orleans.
10. “Walking To New Orleans”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Young[/lastfm]
A cover of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Fats Domino[/lastfm]’s song, Neil Young is joined by a lush orchestra to play the role of a man “walking to New Orleans.” We aren’t sure where he is walking from, but apparently he will need “two pair of shoes” to get away from his gold diggin’ lady and back home to where he feels most comfortable:
It’s time I’m walkin’ to New Orleans/I’m walkin’ to New Orleans/I’m going to need two pair of shoes/When I get through walkin’ to you/When I get back to New Orleans
9. “Queen of New Orleans”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jon Bon Jovi[/lastfm]
Jon Bon Jovi’s sexy Cajun queen is “finer than a French wine” which is apparently not as rare as some French wines. From the rumors we’ve heard about Louisiana ladies, they are all as hot as Tabasco:
Me and Leigh met summer of ’95/In a burgundy dress lookin’ finer than a French wine/A Cajun queen with another side/She was a schoolboy’s dream, I was out of my mind/She was lookin’ fine/She said “You want to drive me home”/But what I didn’t know/I was dancing with the Queen of New Orleans
8. “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jamie Cullum[/lastfm]
If you’ve never heard Jamie Cullum, he is like the British version of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Buble[/lastfm] and a personal favorite of the author. He does a fantastic version of the oft-covered song “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?” that makes us feel like we are floating languorously along the Mississippi.
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans/I miss it both night and day/I know that it’s wrong… this feeling’s gettin’ stronger/The longer, I stay away/Miss them moss covered vines…the tall sugar pines/Where mockin’ birds used to sing/And I’d like to see that lazy Mississippi…hurryin’ into spring
7. “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley[/lastfm]
A country classic and another song that is often covered, this version of “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley shows off their respective vocal talents. Just ignore the awkward chatting at the beginning of the video.
Hey Louisiana woman Mississippi man we get together every time we can/The Mississippi River can keep us apart/There’s too much love in the Mississippi heart too much love in this Louisiana heart
6. “Sweet Home New Orleans”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dr. John[/lastfm]
Many consider Dr. John’s funky songs about Louisiana to really capture the heart and soul of the state–especially New Orleans. In this song, Dr. John describes almost every aspect of why New Orleans is the place to be from the women to the jazz to the beautiful Mississippi River to the “killer rice and beans.”
5. “Mardi Gras In New Orleans”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Harry Connick Jr. [/lastfm]
Jazzy singer-songwriter and handsome actor, Harry Connick Jr, was born and raised in Louisiana and many of his songs encapsulate the spirit of the state he loves.
Goin’ down to New Orleans/I’ve got my ticket in my hands/Goin’ down to New Orleans/I’ve got my ticket in my hands/When I get to New Orleans/I wanna see the Zulu King
4. “Crescent City”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lucinda Williams[/lastfm]
We’re sure Lucinda Williams’ song “Crescent City” is a common life story–no matter where you are from. In “Crescent City,” Williams leaves the place she lives so that she can:
hear my Zydeco and Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez/And take rides in open cars/My brother knows where the best bars are/Let’s see how these blues’ll do in the town where the good times stay/Tu Le Ton Son Ton that’s all we say/We used to dance the night away
3. “New Orleans”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm]
Talented, versatile singer-songwriter Neil Diamond wrote a groovy Dixieland-inspired love story about a magical city–New Orleans:
Well come on everybody/Take a stroll with me/We gonna listen to the music/With a Dixieland beat/They got the magnolia blossoms fill the air/If you ain’t been to heaven/You ain’t been here/Now all the French moss hangin’/From a big oak tree/Down from Mississippi/Down to New Orleans
2. “Louisiana Saturday Night”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alabama [/lastfm]
We’ve never experienced a “Louisiana Saturday Night,” but after hearing Alabama’s song about Louisiana, we’re tempted to take a little road trip before the world supposedly ends tomorrow:
Well you get down the fiddle and you get down the bow/Kick off your shoes and you throw them on the floor/Dance in the kitchen ’till the morning light/Louisiana Saturday Night
We love this energetic duet between Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lew. It makes us instantly feel like we are partying it up on the Bayou. It also makes us incredibly hungry:
Jambalaya, a-crawfish pie and-a file gumbo/’Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio/Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh/Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou.
- There are so many fabulous songs about Louisiana and New Orleans, we know we missed a few. What are some of your favorite Louisiana and New Orleans themed songs? Let us know in the comments!