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Bourbon blues on the street loose and complete
Under skies all smoky blue-green
I can Forksake the dixie dead shake
So we dance the sidewalk clean
My memory is muddy what's this river I'm in
New Orleans is sinking and I don't want to...


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    Feb 9th, 2018 2:50am report

    i believe Gord was trying to say to live life to the fullest and enjoy it. Throughout his poetic lyrics you can learn what he was trying to say. New Orleans was the party town so he said if New Orleans is going down he's going down with it!!



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    Sep 10th, 2017 9:29am report

    Just a quick note. To those saying its about New Orleans literally sinking, this song was released in 1989, prior to hurricane katrina.


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    Aug 22nd, 2016 8:16pm report

    I feel it's about a nostalgic feeling. Looking back at a time he really had free-to-be-himself fun and when the night was winding down ("New Orleans is sinking"), that is, when he was passing out even, he didn't wanna stop.
    Maybe got so wasted, that someone pulled the socks of him up, told him to shape up, he "can't piss with the big dogs" down there, he's just gotta take it easy, enjoy..
    He spent so much time partying, he didn't bring anything back but memories, so when he looks at the memories, it takes him back, "fully-completely" ;)
    he's lost... :( ("pale as a lightbulb...") and in that loss, he's losing himself... :'(
    but when he seen the sign in the sky, that he may not know life, but life knows him, it gave him a feeling all good, new vim and vigor...which is when he found love...and now, he's someone else... <3


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    Aug 21st, 2016 8:54am report

    Slipping into depression.


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    Oct 12th, 2014 10:49pm report

    It is literally abouy New Orleans Sinking, Hurricanes. They're below sea level.

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