New Orleans

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Words & Music: Sid Tepper/ Roy C. Bennett
You'll never know
What heaven means
Until you've been down to New Orleans
You ain't been livin' till you cuddle and coo
With some black-eyed baby by de old bayou

You've never seen
You've never seen those Cupid doll queens
Like they got 'em in New Orleans
And, ooh, they love you like no-one can
It makes you awful glad that you were born a man.

If-if-if you ain't been there
Then you ain't been nowhere
The livin's lazy and the lovin's fine
If you feel low down
So help me Hannah
You should lose the blues in Loui-si-i-si-ana.

Get the lead
Get the lead out of your jeans
And hot foot it down, hot foot down to where?
New Orleans
Louisiana baby tells you stay awhile
Live it up, love it up, southern style
Way down in New New Orleans.
Recorded: 1958/01/15, first released on EP


Miknik7077 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2020report abuse
Such a perfect song for King Creole. Bluesy and gritty and just a fantastic performance by the King.
DerekH (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2020report abuse
Good choice for song of the day, one of the forgotten greats. And the best album soundtrack by far.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 8, 2016report abuse
A song I've not heard played on the radio for ages yet a great example of Elvis' roots music influence.Fantastic vocal delivery, far too good to be forgotten, a gem.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2014report abuse
I love all the King Creole album (except Steadfast, Loyal and True) and New Orleans is a dynamite performance!
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2013report abuse
Great gutsy blues, with just a hint of jazz that keeps the flavor of the film.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2013report abuse
How could Tepper/Bennett write such a great song and why didn't they do that more often? No Elvis impersonator can sing like this. Unbelievable.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2013report abuse
I first heard this on my "King Creole", Volume 1, 45 RPM Extended Play Record. It fits perfectly into the movie and was really rather unique and different for it's time. I like it, plain and simple; a decent movie soundtrack song, compared to the crap that was to happen during the 1960's.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2012report abuse
Not my most favourite song from King Creole, as it doesn't sit entirely comfortably with me as much as it should.
It is gutsy, jazzy and bluesy and although probably my 6th favorite on the album, such is the standard is still worth 4 stars.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
This is such a magnificent, catchy, fun, underrated and overlooked song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis movie songs.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 15, 2010report abuse
Elvis sings this jazzy, bluesy piece perfectly. An underrated gem from a soundtrack LP that oftens seems to get overlooked. This was not only one of his best soundtrack LP's, but one heck of an LP period.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 15, 2010report abuse
A true Elvis classic in every way & great film 10 stars.
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2009report abuse
A fantastic song from a fantastic Album. Blues and Rap in under 2 minutes. way ahead of his time!!!!
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 26, 2008report abuse
Great bluesy and moody tune from an excellent movie, wonderful soundrack too.
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2008report abuse
Nice movie song.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2008report abuse
An all time favourite performance from Elvis! Somehow overshadowed by the other truly classics, King Creole, Hard Headed Woman and Trouble from the same soundtrack! I've made myself a looped version running 2:45. Great!
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2008report abuse
Imagine Elvis doing this one (well rehearsed of course) in a 70's concert down in New Orleans...;-) I know, stupid "what if situation". But, Joe Guercio sure would have done the dixieland job for him. Well, one of my favourites from the 50's. Favourite movie after all.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
Great song. I love it! Not just another movie song. Jazzy, bluesy, underrated.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
Being a guy named Danny who was born and still live in New Orleans, you might guess that this is a huge favorate, and it is! This was certainly a time when Elvis really could do no wrong. Great movie, great song, great scene in the movie when he sings it. I would have loved to have heard him dig into this song again in 1968 the way he did with Trouble. A great track!
Elvisonmymind (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
This song is also a kind of rap song. So again, Elvis was the first rapper! :-) Anyway, a great song that indeed is very underrated. I like that song.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
Although far from being my favorite, I really like this song & the way he sings it. Probably due to the fact that I love Dixieland & I love New Orleans. It all fits together & fits well with Elvis. And he could do this in later life. He would have figured out a way. I wish he would have done more like this.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
Fabulous - Jazzy & blusesy. The King unfort never sang this type of song again. I dont think he could have pulled this song off in his later years.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
I really like this song with its jazzy feeling. Great song from a movie with a lot of great songs.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
A fantastic song from an equally performed movie. It shows how versatile Elvis was from the very beginning. He could perform in any style, rhythm and voice level. Just straight forward or emotional. Whether one likes this type of music or not, one has to admit he had it all.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2008report abuse
To me it's a movie song, period. It did fit well in King Creole indeed but I seldom listen to it...
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 12, 2008report abuse
This is an extremely underrated Elvis song, another of those only known to the fans tracks.The song is very Jazz orientated with a good measure of blues.Elvis' voice is remarkable on this, what a classic session this was.

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