"Do You Know What It Means" as written by and Louis Alter Eddie Delange....
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
And miss it each night and day?
I know I'm not wrong; this feeling's gettin' stronger
The longer I stay away

Miss them moss-covered vines, the tall sugar pines
Where mockin' birds used to sing
And I'd like to see that lazy Mississippi hurryin' into spring

The moonlight on the Bayou, a creole tune that fills the air
I dream about magnolias in bloom and I'm wishin' I was there

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
When that's where you left your heart?
And there's one thing more: I miss the one I care for
More than I miss New Orleans

The moonlight on the Bayou, a creole tune that fills the air
I dream about magnolias in bloom and I'm wishin' I was there

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans
When that's where you left your heart?
And there's one thing more: I miss the one I care for
More, more than I miss New Orleans


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"Do You Know What It Means" as written by Louis Alter Eddie De Lange

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    General CommentThis is one of the most classic songs of nostalgia. At first, we think it is just about yearning for the city of New Orleans, but then Armstrong reveals that he misses "the one I care for" more than New Orleans itself. This is ironic, since the one he cares for also is bound to New Orleans, and his memories of both of them are intertwined. I wonder how Armstrong would sing this after Katrina hit New Orleans in '05? Perhaps with a bit more heaviness and sadness and less of a comic trombone sound in the background?
    jmax1983on December 13, 2007   Link

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