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New Orleans Is Sinking Lyrics

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...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2019 report

    A smokey blue green . People who think they own "ovr" world .
    I think Gordon was telling you a life saving , ovr world is in bigv trouble . Its our history andvthe real truth . Gordon was shown the " proof " ironic " proof " like a picture proof in thevold and newv daysv.

    The white light. Gordon is was ,,, a real Angel sentvto us by a real creator .

    Smokey blue green is cyan .

    They dont know what shade though ???

    They are notveducated enough to realize.

  2. anonymous
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    Sep 23rd 2019 report

    People are made fun of in school . People who are pretty smart , a lot smarter than me . They are amazingly more smarter than me and I can easily admit too that .

    Gordon was obviously smarter than me . He may have had a private education ... or perhaps ...like myself and so many others ... went looking for answers before it drove him nuts . I think he found the answer . He knew it would make us " scared " too. I believe he loved us " all" because he knew it was wrong not too .

    Please help ...... the answer is in the music.
    Sorry I told a fib ...... .v. here

    am a wave, a new wave

    under me will be the whole country

    wait, soon will be forever

    I will flood your city (x2)

    I am a wave, a new wave

    wait, soon will be forever

    I am a wave, a new wave

    under me will be the whole country

    wait, soon will be forever

    I will flood your city (x2)

    I am a wave, a new wave

    Its translated Old Russian Lanquage .

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2019 report

    When he looked up he couldnt see the light . They take all the Gold . Blue and Green make Cyan .
    Its clues .

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2019 report

    I believe the world is in big trouble . That been said , Gordon is an Angel . The smokey blue green . Wow .

    Its the colour of light . Gold is yellow , Us Them is a Religious war ,from Scotland . It refers to the colours blue and green .

    Add " " .... go ahead look it up .... then you have the colour of light .

    Its a very sad lie we live , hidden truths our for fathers left for us . Cures for deseases . Our true history of a sort . Clues .

    I miss you Gordon , we played it for them in New York , they had free smokes and a studio with 1000 songs on cassete .... any song you want ... free ... vhs recorded .... with rubber guitars.... cranked ... they had no " Tragically Hip " though..... i ran back to the hotel room ... i grabbed the tape .... i cued it up to play it in a nice beamer running back to the bar ... the keys are in all the cars !!... the guy rewinded it however ... so we played " I will believe in you , or I will be leaving you " Me , my brother , his sisters , his cousins , we screamed it !! Just like you did Gordon . My brother was sweating ,,, dripping ,, shaking his head and screaming it .... they played the whole tape ... New Orleans is the third song i believe . It a true story ... i can guess .. but not 100 % when though . After Toronto Sept 1989 though ...

    The Best concert so far .

    I know theres 1 more though

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2018 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!!


  6. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2017 report

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

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 22nd 2016 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

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2016 report

    Slipping into depression.

  9. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2014 report

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

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