The Tragically Hip — New Orleans Is Sinking
Album: Up To Here
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Released: 1989
Length: 4:09
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All right

Bourbon blues on the street, loose and complete
Under skies all smoky blue green
I can't forsake a dixie dead shake
So we danced the sidewalk clean

My memory is muddy, what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking, man, and I don't want to swim

Colonel Tom, what's wrong? What's going on?
You can't tie yourself up for a deal
He said, Hey, north, you're south, shut your big mouth
You gotta do what you feel is real

Ain't got no picture postcards, ain't got no souvenirs
My baby she don't know me when I'm thinking bout those years

Pale as a light bulb hanging on a wire
Sucking up to someone just to stoke the fire
Picking out the highlights of the scenery
Saw a little cloud that looked a little like me

I had my hands in the river, my feet back up on the banks
Looked up to the lord above and said, Hey, man, thanks

Sometimes I feel so good I got to scream
She said, Gordie, baby, I know exactly what you mean
She said, she said, I swear to god she said

My memory is muddy, what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking, man, and I don't want to swim

Swim
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R.I.P. Gord. 
Farewell, Gord.
May you rest in peace.
North of the border Cancon classic-no wonder I'm tired of listening to it. It's not that isn't a rockin' beat, I've heard it too many times. Let's not even bother to discuss Cheap Trick....

CBC will be rebroadcasting the final Hip Kingston show, commercial free, this Saturday, June 24/17, 8pm Pacific time, 9pm Atlantic.

Turn on, Tune in and Hip out!


New saying up here in the great white north, as I add my "10" rating:  "In Gord we trust". 
Most excellent Hip.

Great guitar: crunchy, rolling riffs. Gord rolling his lyrics off so smooth. 10/10

Danzig light!  lol
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/EGvsyKyjFrA/hqdefault.jpg
Gordie and the boys pump it out pretty good...First song I heard and was hooked for the next 30 years...
 tiare wrote:
Ugh! Boring dragging on for waaay too long; boring predictable and well boring. 
 

I beg to differ; I think it rocks and rolls along brilliantly. I still run a bit and it’s exactly the right sort of tune for running along the Falls of Clyde!


Ugh! Boring dragging on for waaay too long; boring predictable and well boring. 
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/watching-canadas-biggest-rock-band-say-a-dramatic-goodbye
See their final show ever, here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/how-to-watch-tragically-hip-concert-aug20-1.3724916
In many ways Tragically Hip is poetic essence of Canada.  Their final concert is this Sat (Aug 20) in their hometown, Kingston ON, the stadium holds only 6700 and is very much the hottest ticket in the nation.  National TV station, CBC, is streaming live across all of Canada.  Canada's Prime Minister is attending personally. Full respect to the band and lead singer and poet, Gord Downie, diagnosed with terminal cancer,  
Outstanding kick-ass Rock, cheers to the spirit of Tragically Hip  (going to light up and wish 'em the best)
 On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Roflol} Well said, cj!

 
cj does have a talent for capturing the essence of the music in words.  

cj: "This is a song where the snarling vocals and angry guitars team up to land punch after wallopping punch! Can't resist toe-tapping here!"
Loving it - classic Hip
The Tragically Hip's new album, Man Machine Poem is released today! Possibly their last, since singer Gord Downie's diagnosis with terminal brain cancer. The band is also going on tour this summer, one last time...

All hail The Hip!
Wishing Gord Downie all the very best!
More blues! Yes!
{#Hearteyes}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
Classic CanCon thanks RP!
One of my favorite word is suddenly sinked in.
CanCon twofer. At least this one is good.
Solid rock. Love it!
Oh yeah....just what I needed
 coloradojohn wrote:
This is a song where the snarling vocals and angry guitars team up to land punch after wallopping punch! Can't resist toe-tapping here!
 
{#Roflol} Well said, cj!
This is a song where the snarling vocals and angry guitars team up to land punch after wallopping punch! Can't resist toe-tapping here!
Can not stress enough how awesome these guys are LIVE!!! Especially this ong with everyone singing every word with them!!!{#Bananajam}
Smokin' guitar, said Queen Obviosa, but it had to said, I think. I mean, please, that stinging guitar tone threatens to ignite.
I'm hearing "Shakin all over". 
Slight shade of The Blasters to this one.
meinthecorner wrote:

You are, nonetheless, allowed your opinion, however annoying...

 

 Brilliant answer.
 jkamm14 wrote:
I've heard them referred to as the Canadian version of R.E.M. I prefer the American one. 

 
REM and Tragically HIp? 

You must be joking.....
 

If there wasn't a yoga class going on next room over......I would turn this up sooooo FreaKIn LOUD!!!
I've heard them referred to as the Canadian version of R.E.M. I prefer the American one. 
It certainly helped get my vacuuming done.
Best TTH song ever!!!!
 heathenchild wrote:
cranked
 
Yesssss!
cranked
 Droidac wrote:
Here in Canada, these guys are sooooooo overplayed (thanks CanCon).  Was hoping to not hear them here on RP. 

Oh well.

 
You're obviously NOT a musician who's worked your ass off to eke out some kind of place in this musical landscape, that's for sure. Just try changing your radio listening habits. You've obviously got that internet thing. You can do that. Just don't dare try to make it any harder for your neighbours to find success in their own country, dingbat!
 ShamanManu wrote:
not one of 2 Tragically Hip Songs that I actually like... annoying vocals and repetitive, not for frequent listening {#Eh}

 
You are, nonetheless, allowed your opinion, however annoying...
 zubeneschamli wrote:
Good, even if it's all been done before. 

 
This is ancient Hip. They're prob'ly the ones who did it. With that being said, I still always preferred The Rheostatics musicality and Blue Rodeo's tug at my heartstrings.
Tragically Southern Hip Culture on the Skids.
Like it, but at first I wondered if it was Dread Zeppelin. Haha.
Good, even if it's all been done before. 
In the early 90s they were a force to be reckoned with, peaking with Road Apples / Fully Completely / Day For Night from '91 to '94.
Selling out multiple nights in arenas across Canada and delivering the goods.
By the late 90s their new music was sounding stale and their popularity faded.
But when they were good, they were really good.
I see Mr. B's on a NOLA streak here...

I was once motoring through New Orleans (city of my birth) in a rain driving so hard that it seemed I was in a boat... I looked up and saw  turbine drainage pumps  shooting water back out into lake Ponchartrain, trying to keep the "bowl" from filling, and this song was on the radio....

A New Orleans moment, relived...
Wel you can feed this to me everyday, great lyrics and great song
not one of 2 Tragically Hip Songs that I actually like... annoying vocals and repetitive, not for frequent listening {#Eh}