Song And A Beer #12 Purple Haze Lager Abita "Drowning On Dry Land" Jeff Powers

I lived in New Orleans some years ago and fell in love with everything about it: The MUSIC, food, architecture, the party, the warm air and the creole people. The beers available back in those days was nothing to shake a stick at and the N.O. staples Jax and Abita were just a reflection of those times...but a new day in brewing has hit everywhere in the country so I decided to try Abiti'a Purple Haze and find out what they are about in these modern times...I wasn't disapointed.  I also played a song I wrote when Hurricane Katrina hit. It was a political song but I changed a few key lines to make it a fun song and not a political song about the city I love.




Down In New Orleans© 2008 music/lyrics Jeff Powers


The mighty Mississippi
Rolls on down stream
Pass the Crescent city
Known as New Orleans

And the spirit can't be broken
On the banks of Ponchertrain
Not by gov'ment officials
By no hurricane

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet up with some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

Yes, the levee was broken
But now we're dancin' in the rain
A little herb we're token
Partyin' all day

Gonna listin' to the meters
Jammin' at Tipitina's
Zydeco, Bounce, Funk, Blues and Jazz
In every part of the city

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet up with some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

Gonna sing and play my music
Right out on the street
Don't worry bout no gov'ment
It's a place where people dream
And every place you go to  
You can always feel that beat
And all those gumbo faces
Smile and make you complete
Down in N.O.
On Bourbon street

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

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