"King of New Orleans" as written by and Kevin Griffin....
Got an angel on the stairs
As if you'd even care
When the lights are up
And the sun had nearly gone, down

Did you see him on the street
Did you pass him at your feet
Did you think at all
How dare they even look me in the eye

And he loves the girls
And he loves the boys
Gonna make
Twenty dollars before the weekend's over

So set him up
Then let him fall
Turn him over in your hands
God save the king of New Orleans

Got a ticket to a show
Did you see him take a blow
When the drunk one said
Cat Stevens was the greatest singer

Did you kick him in the head
Did you see the blood run down
Did you laugh at all
When the people walked right by and said aloud
Gutter punks, you're all the same
Gonna make
Twenty dollars 'fore the weekend's over

So set him up
Then let him fall
Turn him over in your hands
God save the king of New Orleans

Set him up
Let him fall
Turn him over in your hands
God save the King of New Orleans

Radio in my head
Radio in my car
Goin' down again
He's goin' down, again

Any way you look
Any way you talk it over
It's easier
To let it slip out of your mind

But it rips your heart out
Then it kicks your head in
Would ya you give him one more chance
Try and see the beauty in his world

All the way in on my hands
In on my feet and shoulders
Gonna make
Twenty dollars before the weekends over

So set him up
Then let him fall
Turn him over in your hands
God save the king of New Orleans

Set him up
Then let him fall
Turn him over in your hands
God save the king of New Orleans
Yeah


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"King of New Orleans" as written by Kevin Griffin

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    General CommentThis song is New Orleans through and through. Anyone who lives in the Big Easy (such as myself) will be able to tell you that "gutter punks" are the homeless or runaway or otherwise rebellious teenagers who live on the streets of the French Quarter. Seen as a blight on the city by its more well-to-do residents, they are a true subculture in themselves. They roam the streets at night, panhandling ("gonna make $20 before the weekend'd over) and hte disdain of other inhabitants of the city can be seen throughout the song ("Did you kick him in the face? Did you see the blood run down?", "Did you think aloud, 'How dare they even look me in the eye?'", one of the punks is even punched when he opines that Cat Stevens was the greatest singer). Of course, this is brought symbolically to a head in the song with the quip of a passerby, "You gutter punks are all the same." Kevin Griffin, however, sees them in a softer light and implores, "Just give him one more chance, try to see the beauty in his world," this entailing that the gutter punks see the good in their own existence. The "King" is a personification of all the gutter punks, for they truly do see themselves collectively as the "Kings of New Orleans," and Kevin declares "God save the King!"
    diggit18on July 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHey! I feel you about your whole comment. I don't live in New Orleans, but I do live in Louisiana. I understand completely what you are saying. This is one of my personal favorites, b/c it shows true heart and opinion. KEEP ROCKIN-rockstar
    wmrockstar05on October 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song makes me think about post-hurricane New Orleans. God save New Orleans!
    magoosh008on November 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI live in Oxford, MS and I have a lot of friends from New Orleans. And I cried with them when the levees broke during the hurricane. This song lets me know that NO will come back better than ever, even without the Saints.
    jbmarxon December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYa. Wow. It's been a while since I made that comment...like 3 years lol. Luckly my apartment was fine, no flooding and no wind damage, and the looters didn't get to it. But I am still living in New York City until New Years, when I'm moving back and getting on with my life. Thanks for the concern and warm messages and Ill see you on the other side, form back in the Big Sleazy lol... LONG LIVE BETTER THAN EZRA and LONG LIVE NEW ORLEANS!!!
    diggit18on December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYa. Wow. It's been a while since I made that comment...like 3 years lol. Luckly my apartment was fine, no flooding and no wind damage, and the looters didn't get to it. But I am still living in New York City until New Years, when I'm moving back and getting on with my life. Thanks for the concern and warm messages and Ill see you on the other side, form back in the Big Sleazy lol... LONG LIVE BETTER THAN EZRA and LONG LIVE NEW ORLEANS!!!
    diggit18on December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYa. Wow. It's been a while since I made that comment...like 3 years lol. Luckly my apartment was fine, no flooding and no wind damage, and the looters didn't get to it. But I am still living in New York City until New Years, when I'm moving back and getting on with my life. Thanks for the concern and warm messages and Ill see you on the other side, form back in the Big Sleazy lol... LONG LIVE BETTER THAN EZRA and LONG LIVE NEW ORLEANS!!!
    diggit18on December 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is actually a really good song... When it first came out in the 90s way long ago, I didn't like it, it didn't sink in. Then just recently it came up on my playlist, and I can't get enough of it, and I play it over and over. Weird.
    allen314159on September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove new orleans...was born there....i saw them at mardi gras at the endymioum extravaganza it was great!!
    Annie3421319on July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI picture a vampire....I don't know. He larks in the shadows rolling quarters acrossed his knuckles stalking his victims. Everyone knows vampires don't have souls. God save the king of New Orleans. Just a thought. LOL.
    NutzyPixeon October 01, 2008   Link

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