If New Orleans Is Beat - Lyrics

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Last played: 2009/06/04 Lewiston, NY
Debut: 2003/10/27 Whistler, BC
Notes: Obviously one of The Hip's favourite and most influential cities both lyrically & stylistically, this song sets a certain mood. I met my wife in New Orleans just about a year to the day before Katrina exposed both physical and social shortcomings that had always been hiding in plain view. It's a place I love, but would I go live there? According to thehip.com, the song has only been played live 11 times. It re-appeared 3 times in 2009 after a 5 year hiatus during the 'acoustic set' - a treat for those who saw those particular shows.


Your smile is fading a bit so I ration it
don't think about it
here where the Mississippi quits
where its still got a bit of Minnesota in it

No one will give you a thing these days
they'd rather kill it or throw it away
you don't 'do' dark American streets so
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
where's that leave you and me?

The river takes takes takes and takes
it doesn't change and only changes
see it there in a picture with me
there's a caption beneath,
"New Orleans is beat"
and if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
if New Orleans is beat
where's that leave you and me?
where's that leave you and me?
where's that leave you and me?

your smile is fading a bit so I ration it
try not to think about it


Next song: You're Everywhere



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