Grateful Dead

New Orleans

Lyrics By: Guido, Royster
Music By: Guido, Royster

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, yeah, yeah, yeah (I said hey, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Well, come on everybody take a trip with me
Down the Mississippi, down to New Orleans
They got the honeysuckle blooming on the honeysuckle vine
And love is blooming there all the time
You know that every Southern belle is a Mississippi queen
Down the Mississippi, down in New Orleans

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah (I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Well, come on take a stroll down on Basin Street
And listen to the music with the Dixieland beat
Oh, magnolia blossom fills the air
And you ain't been to heaven if you ain't been there
They got the sweet moss hanging from a big oak tree (note 1)
Down the Mississippi, down in New Orleans

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah (I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah)

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, yeah, yeah, yeah (I said hey, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Well, come on everybody take a trip with me
Down the Mississippi, down to New Orleans
They got the honeysuckle blooming on the honeysuckle vine
And love is blooming there all the time
You know that every Southern belle is a Mississippi queen
Down the Mississippi, down in New Orleans

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah (I said look out, come on, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Well, come on take a stroll down on Basin Street
And listen to the music with the Dixieland beat
Oh, magnolia blossom fills the air
I said you ain't been to heaven if you ain't been there
They got the sweet moss hanging from a big oak tree (note 1)
Down the Mississippi, down in New Orleans

I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)
I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah (I said hey, hey, yeah, yeah)

Played only a few times by the Grateful Dead, mainly in 1969-70, as well as by the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

(1) The original version has "rich moss" not "sweet moss."

New Orleans