"Louisiana Rain" as written by and Tom Petty....
Well it was out in California
By the San Diego Sea
That was when I was taken in
And it left its mark on me

Yeah it nearly drove me crazy
'Cause I felt I had no choice
Yeah it seemed that I was only marking time
With all those sailor boys

Louisiana rain is falling at my feet
And I'm noticing a change
As I move down the street
Louisiana rain is soaking through my shoes

I may never be the same
When I reach Baton Rouge
South Carolina put out its arms for me
Right up until everything went black

Somewhere on a lonely street
And I still can't quite remember
Who helped me to my feet
But thank God for this long neck bottle

The angel's remedy
Louisiana rain is falling just like tears
Running down my face
Washing out the years

Louisiana rain is soaking through my shoes
I may never be the same
When I reach Baton Rouge
Well I never will get over

This English refugee
Singing to the Juke Box in some
All-night Beanery
Yeah he was eating hard rock candy

And chasing it with tea
You should have seem him lick his lips
When he looked up at me
Louisiana rain is falling at my feet

And I'm noticing a change
As I move down the street
Louisiana rain is soaking through my shoes
I may never be the same

When I reach Baton Rouge


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"Louisiana Rain" as written by Tom Petty

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    Lyric Correction...and in fact you have a line in verse 2 that's wrong anyway - it's

    "Thank god for a long-neck bottle, the angels' remedy."
    treefrogdemonon September 23, 2011   Link
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    General Commentof course petty is going to sing about louisiana
    cuz he's awsome!
    minkoilon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I were a female pornstar, I'd use Louisiana Rain as my stage name.

    (Sorry if I ruined the song for anyone.)
    Nick the Bastardon August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNick the Bastard: not at all. Now I'll just think of Petty in drag when I hear this song lol. Oh wait...i dont like that. I guess you did ruin it for me. YOU BASTARD!
    J.Spicolion October 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat is this song about?
    lillabubbenon August 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's supposed to be about one of the TP&TH roadies, "the English refugee", and his adventures on the road. But whether the first two verses are about him as well I'm not sure.

    There's an alternative lyric to verse 2:

    South Carolina put out its arms for me
    Right up till everything went black
    Somewhere on Lonely Street.
    And it was just that evil poison
    That I put up my nose
    Thank god for a long-neck bottle
    The angels' antidote

    Song was on Torpedoes, but it's much older than that - from Mudcrutch days.
    treefrogdemonon September 15, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI swear he says "lick his lips at old black Marley B" at the end of the 3rd verse... as in playing a Bob Marley song on the jukebox.
    princemarzmusicon September 25, 2018   Link

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