I was born on the edge of the big muddy flow
my daddy was french, my mother creole
I’m slow and heavy underneath the sun
but I’m more than willing when the night time comes
I’m a well known street, I’m a marching drum
I’m a dancer, a preacher, a sophisticated bum
I’m a wild tchapatoula, a dice rolling judge
I’m a barker tryin’ to fool you into a late night club

I am the Big Easy I been hit by a storm
brought to my knees have mercy lord
I got soul I got heart
all alone I’m coming out of the dark
I am the Big Easy

I’m a craw fish boil, a funeral parade
I’m a little boy listenin’ to the music play
I’m an old man dancing to the second line beat
I’m a young girl trying to catch Mardi Gras beads
I’m a shot gun house, an uptown street car
I’m a big wheel steamer by a full loaded barge
I’m a blues band, a politician
a shoeshine man, I’m a famous musician

I am the Big Easy I been hit by a storm
brought to my knees have mercy lord
I got soul, I got heart
all alone, I’m coming out of the dark
I am The Big Easy

when my levees broke and the water came in
I heard a lot of folks call it the end
but you’d be mistaken if you thought me done
I am the Big Easy I’m the only one
all my children and all their kin
they go on living like the always been
no matter what happens don’t you count me out
they call me New Orleans I’m the heart of the south

I am the Big Easy I been hit by a storm
brought to my knees have mercy lord
I got soul, I got heart
all alone, I’m coming out of the dark
I am The Big Easy

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