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Planet of New Orleans Lyrics

Standing on the corner
Of Toulouse and Dauphine
Waiting on Marie-Ondine
I’m trying to place a tune
Under a Louisiana moonbeam
On the planet of New Orleans

In a bar they call the Saturn
And in her eyes of green
And something that she said in a dream
Inside of my suit I got my mojo root
And a true love figurine
For the planet of the New Orleans

New Orleans
With other life upon it
And everything that’s shaking in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of the New Orleans

Now I’m trying to find my way
Through the rain and the steam
I’m looking straight ahead through the screen
And then I heard her say
Something in the limousine
’bout taking a ride across the planet of New Orleans

If she was an ace
And I was just a jack
And the cards were never seen
We could have been the king and the queen
But she took me home, back to her courtyard
Where magnolia perfume screams
Behind the gates and the granite
Of the planet of the New Orleans

New Orleans
With other life upon it
And everything that’s shaking in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of New Orleans

With other life upon it
And everything that’s shaking in between
If you should ever land upon it
You better know what’s on it
The planet of the New Orleans
Planet of the New Orleans
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I've never been to New Orleans but I love the way this song mokes it sound. I I could sit in a Smoky Bar and listen to this song and Sultans of Swing and eat some Blackened Cat fish and Jubalia I could Die Happy.

I couldn't believe noone had commented on this So I had to become a member just so this song wouldn't be negleted.

Listen to the voice on that guy, Listen to the Sax and the Mornful guitars this will send shivers down your spine. And then listen to the lyrics, Lyrics like Mark comes up with should cause terminal embarrassment to 98% of the song writters on the pop sceen.

I am a huge Knopfler fan, Saw him perform in 2006 amazing, he has lots of pretty good songs but none better then this. I you need to listen to it send me an email I'll send it to you.

I've lived in New Orleans most of my life and I know the French Quarter very well. A couple of years ago I decided to take a weekend retreat at the Hotel Ste. Marie. Lo and behold, when I got there I realized it was "on the corner of Toulouse and Dauphine." But still, who is Marie Ondine? Surely not a saint.

I've been to NOLA twice, both times were absolutely amazing. I have decided that should I ever win the lotto, I'm buying some property there!

At any rate, last time I was there (in 2011), I went looking for this corner; it is indeed a real place -- as is the Saturn Bar. Marie-Ondine is probably a fictional name that tied the whole song together; I get the impression the song is about a chauffeur carting this woman's butt around town, and is secretly in love with her. ;-)

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I just saw MK on the 2008 leg of KTGC in Oregon USA. (Saw him in 2005 as well) My 70 something year old folks came up for the two shows in Oregon, and never having heard him or of him before, they were blown away by what a great performer he is live.

Putting together a mixed MP3 CD for their 900 mile road trip home, I went back and re-listened to some of the studio stuff to winnow out what made it and not unto the CD. I forgot just how good so many of the songs off of On Every Street was, including this one with the haunting melody.

Many of the early DS studio didn't make it on CD, for lets face it, he is so much better live, especially on the early stuff, but the last two albums, On Every Street and Brothers in Arms has more of the sound MK solo evolved into.

This song, rarely played on live boots I've add access to, stayed just because of the rich tapestry of sounds, the smokey voice, sax, as always great finger picking guitar work, and just great over all sound made it.

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