Sunday, May 24, 2015

Goin' Down to New Orleans

You don't understand.
I'm going to New Orleans.
I have some troubles.

Bob Dylan's "Goin' down to New Orleans" is an early track, mostly a variation on Muddy Waters's "Louisiana Blues." Waters focuses more on getting a mojo bag that he'll use to impress the ladies. Dylan is more concerned with some unkown trouble that he's just found out is chasing him. He had a good idea after visiting the fortune teller, who tells him that he's all right, but he's cursed by bad luck. Of course, his wandering means leaving a woman. You can find Dylan's song on the super-rare "50th Anniversary Collection" compilation.

The song:
I'm goin' down to New Orleans, baby, behind the rising sun
Goin' down to New Orleans, baby, behind the rising sun
Lord, I've just found out, my trouble has just begun.

Oh, went to see a gypsy woman, have my fortune told
Went to see that gypsy woman, have my fortune told
She said: "You're a good boy, Bobby. Man, you just got a bad luck soul."

I got a 32 special built on a cross of wood
I got a 32 special built on a cross of wood
I got a 38-20, man, that's twice as good

I'm goin' down to New Orleans with my hat (head?) in my hand
Goin' down to New Orleans, mama, with my hat (head?) in my hand
Now, I hate to leave you, but you just don't understand

I'm goin' down to New Orleans, baby, behind the rising sun
Goin' down to New Orleans, baby, behind the rising sun
Lord, I've just found out, my trouble has just begun.




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