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Louis Armstrong — Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Album: Complete RCA VIctor Recordings
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Released: 1947
Length: 2:59
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Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
And miss it each night and day
I know I'm not 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

The moonlight on the bayou a creole tune that fills the air
I dream about magnolias in bloom and I'm wishin' I was there

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
When that's where you left your heart
And there's one thing more I miss the one I care for
More than I miss New Orleans

The moonlight on the bayou a creole tune that fills the air
I dream about magnolias in bloom and I'm wishin' I was there

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
When that's where you left your heart
And there's one thing more I miss the one I care for
More more than I miss New Orleans
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If it keeps raining like such in that part of the world, and the sea water rises, we may all too soon find out what it means to miss New Orleans. Just saying. No more sentimental Louis A ballads but real permanent elegies and eulogies. 
Any chance of hearing this song WITHOUT the scratch?
You haven't lived until you've heard a band on Frenchman Street cover The Temptations' "Just My Imagination" with a New Orleans beat or seen Washboard Chaz play live. 
 Proclivities wrote:

I think it's kind of a stretch to assert that all "American popular culture began in" New Orleans, but I understand your points.

 
Unless I am mistaken, all unpopular culture comes from Saginaw, Michigan.
Just back from the coldest, wettest Mardi Gras since 1899. It was magic, as always.

Yes I do know what it means. {#Cheers}
Fanfreakintastic...and then followed by Dr. John!
Anyone know what year this was recorded?
Hey does anyone have any real low quality cell phone video from one of his shows, oh, hold on i'll check u-tube.
Yes, I know how it feels to miss New Orleans.  And it will never be the same, so I suppose I will always miss "New Orleans" and be intrigued by what is growing back in its place.

If you've never been, you should.  Art, music, architecture, food (so MUCH food!), weird customs, and a relationship with the petro industry like a battered wife to her husband.
 dionysius wrote:
We all know now, of course, what it means to miss this amazing city. Let's just talk about the music, leaving everything else important out of it. The source of all jazz, for which it will be forever a destination of reverent pilgrimages, New Orleans is also important in the history of rhythm and blues and rock and roll. American popular culture began in this town! Louis simply underlines this for us now. I'm glad he didn't live to see this. I'm glad Fats Domino is okay. And to the city of Satchmo, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, may les bontemps roulee once again, soon, forever.
 
I think it's kind of a stretch to assert that all "American popular culture began in" New Orleans, but I understand your points.
This song definitely stirs up memories...

I grew up on a farm in piedmont NC, and knew very little about New Orleans when I moved there w/ my wife in the late 80's for a job. We rented a home on Napoleon Ave, riverside of St Charles Ave. Sometime in Feb 1989, we saw a bunch of tractors towing floats lining up in front of our house. We thought, "Cool, I wonder what this is all about?"  I have to laugh at this now ..... we didn't have the faintest clue about Mardi Gras! It was wonderful.  

For most people, I believe NOLA is a city that is either loved or hated ... no in-between. I can undertand both reactions. We fell in love with NOLA, living there twice in the 80's and 90's and visiting frequently thereafter. The second time we lived there, we bought and renovated an old house on Annunciation St, not too far from the river and Audubon Park. At the time, our two boys were young; one of my favorite activities was to load one boy in a stroller and another in a backpack carrier, walk along Annunciation St down to Henry Clay Ave, head past the Children's Hospital and the tennis courts near the park, then continue over the railroad tracks to the river to watch the ships and barges go by. Time permitting, we'd head back into the park, cross Magazine Street, and take a lap around the golf course in the park before heading home. Many fond memories and wonderful friends made during those years in The Crescent City.     
    
Well, I'm missing N'Orleans now. I wasn't before this song!
 ploafmaster wrote:
Nuggler, no joke, no sarcasm - I'm on the same page, especially with the second paragraph.
 
New Orleans is a hole in the river. It takes a lot of effort to keep it dry.  Look to Army Corp of Engineers and changes to Mississippi River...
Actions have consequences... some act slowly...most aren't known for decades...

When you want to blame politicians you're focused on the wrong one. The real issues are much closer to home in Louisiana.
Under Federal System NO president can assist or intervene in a state -UNTIL- the governor requests assistance.

Bush Senior was similarly punished by the gov of Florida following Hurricane Andrew. Delay the request for help and the Pres is blamed while people suffer and press milks public emotions like a vampire sucking the life from a victim... TV news grows from emotional cries of those in great need... McLuhan was correct... Long before cable and 24-hour news cycle.

Politics is contact sport. If you're gonna kibitz it would help to know the rules and players... i.e. What is the "Infield Fly" rule in the NFL-? Good question for the folks at ESPN...

But even bigger question is -What does this conversation have to do with music-?  Armstrong was a one-of-a-kind genius...America was a better country because he loved music, New Orleans and the country... We are all better than those we elect..But we keep trying to find better people... Like the perfect note, song, arrangement... It's a quest without end and a goal worth the effort.

Visit New Orleans for the Jazz Festival before Mardis Gras... Well worth the effort...Great music everywhere...new people, sounds and ways of expression...Much like here at R-P..

New Year means New Orleans Jazz Festival... Satchmo was a great musician and human...Never any politics, just music and he loved all who play, listen and appreciate music... It would be nice to be so focused on such a simple life... I guess everybody's life seems simple from outside... Thanks for the addition to rotation...good "Change-up" pitch...
That old painiting is worth HOW MUCH!!?

Oooops! Sorry, thought I was watching the Antiques Roadshow...

 philbertr wrote:
Thanks, Bill. Great music and a great tribute, too.

(I wonder how long it will be until some a**hole rates this a 1? There always seems to be someone ready to trash the very best. ...pearls before the swine...)
 
Well, its been 6 years and still no 1 rating.  Of course it looks like its not been played for a few years either.  Pity.

melissa wrote:
:group-hug: Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!
:yes: :dance:
:group-hug: Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!
Thanks, Bill. Great music and a great tribute, too. (I wonder how long it will be until some a**hole rates this a 1? There always seems to be someone ready to trash the very best. ...pearls before the swine...)
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awww... :cry:
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We all know now, of course, what it means to miss this amazing city. Let's just talk about the music, leaving everything else important out of it. The source of all jazz, for which it will be forever a destination of reverent pilgrimages, New Orleans is also important in the history of rhythm and blues and rock and roll. American popular culture began in this town! Louis simply underlines this for us now. I'm glad he didn't live to see this. I'm glad Fats Domino is okay. And to the city of Satchmo, Professor Longhair and Dr. John, may les bontemps roulee once again, soon, forever.
nuggler wrote:
The tragedy that is the destruction of New Orleans, lays at the feet of Bush and his administration. Money for rebuilding/repairing the levees and pumps and other infastructure in and around New Orleans has been consistently cut during by Bush and his cronies in Congress. Back in 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers reported that the funding provided for hurricane and flood control in New Orleans and SE Louisiana was inadequate for the task. This was not a partisan attack, it was and is a public safety issue. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as massive federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. Now we also know how we destroyed the infrastructure & dignity of the Iraqi's & how they feel...the violence, the Occupation, no jobs, refugees...now its on our shores & now it is there for us to deal with. How do we like it? How do we look at it? Now the Shock and Awe & the horror of refugees are on our shores & it isn't pretty, when you destroy a country & murder over a hundred thousand & never restore the water, electricity, dignity & let the police become trained assassins. Now we know.... Is this the wheel turning?
Nuggler, no joke, no sarcasm - I'm on the same page, especially with the second paragraph.
I needed to hear this song. Louis, you're chokin' me up! :(
ABSOLUTELY!!!! nuggler wrote:
The tragedy that is the destruction of New Orleans, lays at the feet of Bush and his administration. Money for rebuilding/repairing the levees and pumps and other infastructure in and around New Orleans has been consistently cut during by Bush and his cronies in Congress. Back in 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers reported that the funding provided for hurricane and flood control in New Orleans and SE Louisiana was inadequate for the task. This was not a partisan attack, it was and is a public safety issue. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as massive federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. Now we also know how we destroyed the infrastructure & dignity of the Iraqi's & how they feel...the violence, the Occupation, no jobs, refugees...now its on our shores & now it is there for us to deal with. How do we like it? How do we look at it? Now the Shock and Awe & the horror of refugees are on our shores & it isn't pretty, when you destroy a country & murder over a hundred thousand & never restore the water, electricity, dignity & let the police become trained assassins. Now we know.... Is this the wheel turning?
anniebear wrote:
New Orleans is my #1 favorite city in the world, and I've just been so tore up over what has happened there. For the life of me, I can NOT understand how the federal government has just allowed so many people to suffer and suffer down there!?!? This is our country, and our people and our city! We can do better, and if we dont, then to hell with us.
The tragedy that is the destruction of New Orleans, lays at the feet of Bush and his administration. Money for rebuilding/repairing the levees and pumps and other infastructure in and around New Orleans has been consistently cut during by Bush and his cronies in Congress. Back in 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers reported that the funding provided for hurricane and flood control in New Orleans and SE Louisiana was inadequate for the task. This was not a partisan attack, it was and is a public safety issue. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as massive federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. Now we also know how we destroyed the infrastructure & dignity of the Iraqi's & how they feel...the violence, the Occupation, no jobs, refugees...now its on our shores & now it is there for us to deal with. How do we like it? How do we look at it? Now the Shock and Awe & the horror of refugees are on our shores & it isn't pretty, when you destroy a country & murder over a hundred thousand & never restore the water, electricity, dignity & let the police become trained assassins. Now we know.... Is this the wheel turning?
:grouphug.gif: weeping by New Orleans
My hometown will never be the same. Thank God my family is OK. Thanks for this NOLA music! How about a little Fats?! He is OK too. :cry:
absolutely perfect... I teared up too...
anniebear wrote:
... This is our country, and our people and our city! We can do better, and if we dont, then to hell with us.
Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?
This would get a 9 regardless, but now a 10. Nice, Bill!
New Orleans is my #1 favorite city in the world, and I've just been so tore up over what has happened there. For the life of me, I can NOT understand how the federal government has just allowed so many people to suffer and suffer down there!?!? This is our country, and our people and our city! We can do better, and if we dont, then to hell with us.
Thanks RP!
Bill, Rebecca . . . that's class. Classy song, and classy of you to play it.
"POPS" WAS A JAMF!!! lOVE HIM!!! tHANK YOU FOR PLAYING THIS WONDERFUL MUSIC!!!
I know what it means :cry:
Now this brings a tear to my eye....seriously....
R.I.P.
We'll all miss New Orleans now. The Crescent City is forever changed, as are we.
aww, how true