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New Orleans

4.5 / 5

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.

Recordingdate: 1958/01/15, first released on: King Creole, Vol. 1 (EP)


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old shep wrote on May 12, 2008
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.
My boy, my boy wrote on August 21, 2008
To me it's a movie song, period. It did fit well in King Creole indeed but I seldom listen to it...
Natha wrote on August 21, 2008
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.
Rob Wanders wrote on August 21, 2008
I really like this song with its jazzy feeling. Great song from a movie with a lot of great songs.
Steve V wrote on August 21, 2008
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.
Ruthie wrote on August 21, 2008
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.
Elvisonmymind wrote on August 21, 2008
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.
NONE000000 wrote on August 21, 2008
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!
JerryNodak wrote on August 21, 2008
Great song. I love it! Not just another movie song. Jazzy, bluesy, underrated.
sitdown68 wrote on October 27, 2008
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.
bajo wrote on October 27, 2008
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!
theoldscudder wrote on October 27, 2008
Nice movie song.
Marty_TCE wrote on November 26, 2008
Great bluesy and moody tune from an excellent movie, wonderful soundrack too.
ttwiise wrote on February 16, 2009
A fantastic song from a fantastic Album. Blues and Rap in under 2 minutes. way ahead of his time!!!!
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on October 15, 2010
A true Elvis classic in every way & great film 10 stars.
Deano1 wrote on October 15, 2010
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.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 27, 2012
This is such a magnificent, catchy, fun, underrated and overlooked song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis movie songs.
Gorse wrote on December 26, 2012
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.
Cruiser621 wrote on April 07, 2013
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.
sugartummy wrote on April 18, 2013
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.
shawnrw wrote on December 10, 2013
Great gutsy blues, with just a hint of jazz that keeps the flavor of the film.
kink56 wrote on January 01, 2014
I love all the King Creole album (except Steadfast, Loyal and True) and New Orleans is a dynamite performance!
shoesuedeblues wrote on July 08, 2016
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.
DerekH wrote on May 14, 2020
Good choice for song of the day, one of the forgotten greats. And the best album soundtrack by far.
Miknik7077 wrote on October 27, 2020
Such a perfect song for King Creole. Bluesy and gritty and just a fantastic performance by the King.
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