"Royal Orleans" as written by and John Paul Jones John Bonham....
One time love, take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night
And if you take your pick
Be careful how you choose it
Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite
Feel it bite

A man I know, went down to Louisiana
Had himself a bad, bad fight
And when the sun peeked through
John Cameron with Suzanna
He kissed the whiskers, left and right

Now, now, now, fright subsides
Out at a hotel in the quarter
Our friends check in to pass the night
Now love gets hot, but fire preceded water
Poor whiskers set that room alight

Down on Bourbon street
You know it's right
You can see my friend,
They run around all through the night
Most everywhere
Until the closet's bare
Run for the razor
Doin' up my hair

New Orleans queens
Sure know how to schmooze it
Maybe for some that seems alright
When I step out, strut down with my sugar
She'd best not talk like Barry White

One time love, take care how you use it
Try to make it last all night
And if you take your pick
Be careful how you choose it
Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite

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"Royal Orleans" as written by John Paul Jones John Bonham

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    General Commentthis is a pretty funny song about a Zeppelin band member hooking up with a drag queen and not knowing it before it was too late. the "Royal Orleans" was either a gay club or a hotel near a gay club where the band would go when they were in the area. apparently there they didn`t get bothered as much for autographs.
    ramtharon July 22, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIndeed, Royal Orleans was a hotel where John Paul Jones mistakenly took a drag queen up to a room. One of them fell asleep with a joint in hand, and started a small fire "fire preceded water" which led to the amusing discovery. Incidentally "John Cameron" was an old studio rival of Jones' back in the early 60s, so they used the name as a joke.
    mikeydhhon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthanks guys!....It's always makes a song more enjoyable to know the inspiration for it.....That's some funny shit.......Funky col Medina!
    Fool_in_the_rainon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHaha, I'm from Louisiana and it's so funny to hear the best band in the world who are British talk about a city that is an hour away from me. =) And it's really funny that John Paul Jones picked up a transvestite hooker.
    mnkyonastickon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI alway's thought it was John Bonham who picked up the transvestite hooker.
    Admanon July 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentnot a big fan of this game
    Royal0rleanson October 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgame....what the fuck...i mean song
    Royal0rleanson October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAh, that would explain your user name. (Jeez)
    JumpyJackon January 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt wasn't JPJ, couldn't of been, had to be some one like Bonham. Jpj too respectable.
    JosephWolfon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI hate to "bust your bubble" Joseph, but it could easily have been JPJ. I wouldn't use the term "respectable" for any of the Zeppelin band members. I was aware of this story but I always thought it was Bonham. (A google search would seem to suggest otherwise.) It is interesting how the perception of Zeppelin has changed over the years while their music becomes as popular as ever (possibly more so). These guys were "party animals" in the truest sense and they consumed large quantities of drugs. They were known as a "drug band" and that is probably why they never received a Grammy. They were not really well received in the "status quo" media of the time but could hardly be ignored due to their incredible popularity...their shows and albums outsold everyone, including the Beatles. My memories are that pretty much everyone I knew (my age) smoked marijuana and most did harder drugs. I remember going to a Led Zeppelin concert with my hippie friends. They (Not me of course) would roll a huge joint (about eight inches long and one inch thick) and one of the girls would "smuggle" it into the "Omni" here in Atlanta. "They" would light it up and pass it on, never to be seen again. No worry, a few minutes later another one would be passed through. Trust me, at the time (1977) it was ALL about drugs and sex. It wasn't as if all the members EXCEPT JPJ were involved...that is a ludicrous idea. Led Zeppelin CELEBRATED the drug culture of the '70's.

    As a Christian, I am conflicted about this band. Were they "devil worshipers?" Page said, "I don't worship the devil." But they released their fourth album on the birthday of Aleister Crowley in 1971 and Page bought his house, etc., etc.

    The drugs eventually took their toll on Led Zeppelin just like all the other '70's rock groups. JPJ is not excluded by any means. Somehow though he has gotten a reputation of being the one who "escaped." But, no doubt, he was definitely in the thick of it during the Zeppelin years.
    Admanon February 05, 2005   Link

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