Austin City Limits

S46 E4613 | FULL EPISODE

Allen Toussaint: New Orleans Legend

Enjoy a vintage hour with New Orleans soul songwriter, producer and musician Allen Toussaint. Songs include “Southern Nights” and “St. James Infirmary.”

AIRED: February 13, 2021 | 0:54:35
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TRANSCRIPT

-"Austin City Limits" presents

a special encore presentation

of Allen Toussaint,

New Orleans legend.

-♪ I know we can make it work -♪ I know we can

-♪ I know we can make it if we try ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can, yes, we can ♪

♪ Great gosh almighty, yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

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-Now a rare performance from 2010

with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint.

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-♪ There's a party going on

♪ A party going on

♪ There's a hearty party going on ♪

♪ And fun is number one

♪ So come on

♪ There's a party going on right now ♪

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♪ In the heat of the South

♪ Down in New Orleans

♪ In a land of the good times

♪ And the Cajun queens

♪ Where they tickle them ivories all night long ♪

♪ Come on, everybody

♪ There's a party going on

♪ There's wall-to-wall fun

♪ For everyone

♪ And there's plenty enough to go around ♪

♪ Put on your dancing shoes

♪ Get into the groove

♪ You got nothing to lose but the blues ♪

♪ There's a party going on

♪ A party going on

♪ There's a hearty party going on ♪

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♪ And fun is number one

♪ So come on

♪ There's a party going on right now ♪

♪ Drink, drink, drink and be merry ♪

♪ Drink, drink, drink to the toast of the Mardi Gras ♪

♪ Drink, drink, drink and be merry ♪

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♪ There's a party going on

♪ Oh, a party going on

♪ There's a hearty party going on ♪

♪ And fun is number one

♪ So come on

♪ There's a party going on right now ♪

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♪ Drink, drink, drink and be merry ♪

♪ Drink, drink, drink to the toast of the Mardi Gras ♪

♪ Drink, drink, drink and be merry ♪

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♪ There's a party going on

♪ A party going on

♪ There's a hearty party going on ♪

♪ And fun is number one

♪ So come on

♪ There's a party going on right now ♪

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♪ Party

[ Cheers and applause ]

Whoo-hoo!

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Tonight, we'll be doing songs

that I've written for various folk over the years,

and we'll throw in a couple that I didn't write

and wish I would have maybe.

We'll even throw in one or two

that I didn't write and glad I didn't.

[ Laughter ]

But most of all,

it's so wonderful to be here with you.

Thank you so very much.

[ Cheers and applause ]

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But these are a few that I did write.

♪ There's a certain girl I've been after ♪

♪ A long, long time

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ I can't reveal her name

♪ Until I get her

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ One day I'll wake up and say ♪

♪ "Why, just to have you, I'll be your slave" ♪

♪ There's a certain girl I've been after ♪

♪ A long, long time

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ There's a certain chick I've been sweet on ♪

♪ Since I met her

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ Don't ask me her name

♪ I can't reveal it until I get her ♪

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ I've tried time and time again ♪

♪ But we end up as nothing but friends ♪

♪ There's a certain girl I've been in love with ♪

♪ A long, long time

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

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♪ The worst person I know

♪ Mother-in-law, mother-in-law

♪ She worries me so

♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Every time I open my mouth

♪ She steps in and tries to put me out ♪

♪ How could she stoop so low?

♪ Mother-in-law, mother-in-law

♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ I come home with my pay

♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

♪ She asked me what I made

♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ She thinks her advice is the Constitution ♪

♪ But if she would leave

♪ That would be the solution

♪ And don't come back no more

♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

-♪ Mother-in-law

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-♪ Went to the fortune teller

♪ I had my fortune read

♪ I didn't know what to tell her ♪

♪ I had the dizzy feeling in my head ♪

♪ And then she took a look at my palm ♪

♪ She said, "Sonny, you feel kind of warm" ♪

♪ She looked into her crystal ball ♪

♪ And said "You're in love"

♪ I said, "How could that be so?" ♪

♪ "I'm not tight with none of the girls I know" ♪

♪ She said, "With the next sunrise" ♪

♪ "You'll be looking in her eyes" ♪

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♪ I left there in a hurry

♪ Looking forward to my big surprise ♪

♪ The next day, I discovered

♪ That the fortune teller told me a lie ♪

♪ I hurried back down to that woman ♪

♪ As mad as I could be

♪ I said, "I didn't see anyone" ♪

♪ "So why'd you make a fool of me?" ♪

♪ And then something struck me

♪ As if it came from up above

♪ While looking at the fortune teller ♪

♪ I fell in love

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♪ And now I'm a happy fella

♪ I'm married to the fortune teller ♪

♪ We're happy as we can be

♪ And now I get my fortune told for free ♪

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♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ About to slip down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ About to slip down

♪ It's five o'clock in the mornin' ♪

♪ Already up and gone

♪ Lord, I'm so tired

♪ How long can this go on?

♪ Just workin' in the coal mine ♪

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ About to slip down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ About to slip down

♪ Course I make a little money

♪ Haulin' coal by the ton

♪ But when Saturday rolls around ♪

♪ I'm too tired for havin' fun

♪ Too tired for fun

♪ Just workin' in the coal mine ♪

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ About to slip down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ Goin' down, down, down

♪ Workin' in the coal mine

♪ There's a certain girl I've been in love with ♪

♪ A long, long time

-♪ What's her name? -♪ Can't tell you

♪ I can't reveal her name

♪ Till I make her mine

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

♪ I've tried time and time again ♪

♪ But we just end up as nothing but friends ♪

♪ There's a certain girl I've been in love with ♪

♪ A long, long time

-♪ What's her name? -♪ I can't tell you

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[ Cheers and applause ]

What a girl, what a girl.

We have a new album out called "Bright Mississippi,"

and we're gonna do one for you.

We'd like to do "Egyptian Fantasy."

[ Playing "Egyptian Fantasy" ]

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Oh, yes. Yes.

And now, from the same album,

a tune that's been floating around New Orleans forever,

but it's a wonderful song.

It's about semi-gory situation.

But...

"St. James Infirmary."

[ Scattered applause and whistles ]

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Get me some of that.

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Oh, thank you so much.

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Steve Masakowski.

[ Cheers and applause ]

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♪ We are America

♪ We're some of yesterday

♪ And some of tomorrow

♪ We are America

♪ But most of all

♪ Best of all

♪ We are America now

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♪ We are America now

[ Crowd cheering ]

♪ Many came before us

♪ And many will come along

♪ After we're gone

♪ But until then

♪ It's all in our hands

♪ To do the best we can

♪ We are America now

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♪ We are America now

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♪ Now's the time for all good men ♪

♪ To get together with one another ♪

♪ And iron out their problems and iron out their quarrels ♪

♪ And try to live as brothers

♪ And try to find peace within

♪ Without stepping on one another ♪

♪ And do respect the women of the world ♪

♪ Just remember we all had mothers ♪

♪ And make this land a better land ♪

♪ Than the world in which we live ♪

♪ And help each man be a better man ♪

♪ With the kindness that you give ♪

♪ And I know we can make it

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know darn well we can work it out ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ I know we can make it work

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know we can make it if we try ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

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♪ Take care of the children

♪ The children of the world

♪ They're our strongest hope for the future ♪

♪ The little bitty boys and girls ♪

♪ And make this land a better land ♪

♪ Than the world in which we live ♪

♪ And help each man be a better man ♪

♪ With the kindness that you give ♪

♪ And I know we can make it

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know darn well we can work it out ♪

♪ Oh, yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ I know we can make it work

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know we can make it if we try ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

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♪ Take care of the children

♪ Children of the world

♪ They're our strongest hope for the future ♪

♪ The little bitty boys and girls ♪

♪ And make this land a better land ♪

♪ Than the world in which we live ♪

♪ And help each man be a better man ♪

♪ With the kindness that you give ♪

♪ And I know we can make it

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know darn well we can work it out ♪

♪ Oh, yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ I know we can make it work

-♪ I know that we can

-♪ I know we can make it if we try ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ I know we can

-♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

-♪ I believe we can

-♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Great gosh almighty

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

-♪ Where there's a will, there's a way ♪

-♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

-♪ Just let your heart say

-♪ I know we can, can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

-♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, great gosh almighty

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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I know we can.

I believe we can.

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Oh, yes.

This song coming up is a song

that I wrote for brother Lee Dorsey many years ago,

but it was really made popular by another great person.

But it's my most covered song of all songs that I've written.

I'm not sure why.

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'Cause 10 minutes after I wrote it, I was quite...

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...confused.

[ Laughter ]

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♪ Get out my life, woman

♪ You don't love me no more

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♪ Get out my life, woman

♪ You don't love me no more

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♪ Get out my life, woman

♪ You don't love me no more

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♪ Get out my eyes, teardrops

♪ I've got to see my way around ♪

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♪ Get out my eyes, teardrops

♪ I've got to see my way around ♪

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♪ Get out my life, heartaches

♪ Nothing but heartaches by the pound ♪

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♪ Get out the way, woman

♪ I've got to climb up to the top ♪

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♪ Get off my ladder, woman

♪ I've got to climb up to the top ♪

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♪ Get off my ladder, woman

♪ There is nothing gonna make me stop ♪

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♪ Get out the way, woman

♪ I've got to be moving on

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♪ Get out the way, woman

♪ I've got to be moving on

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♪ Get out the way, woman

♪ I've got to be moving on

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Hmm.

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[ Cheers and applause ]

Thank you, thank you.

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When I was a little boy growing up in New Orleans,

where I was born and raised, and will die there...

[ Cheers and applause ]

...but not soon.

[ Laughter and applause ]

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Anyway, on some weekends,

my father would pack us up in the car

and take us for a ride out in the country

to visit all those folk who lived out there...

all our old relativeswho never would come to the city

because everything they wanted was in the country.

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Anyway, he would pack us up --

my brother, Benson, and my sister, Joyce,

and my mother, Naomi Neville,

and my father, Clarence,

and we'd head on out to the country.

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We loved that dearly.

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And as we would ride and get out of town,

the further and further we'd get out of town,

the further and further the houses were apart.

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And we'd ride further,

and the houses would be further and further apart.

After a while, they were very far apart,

like a shotgun apart, you know?

Maybe that was the point. I'm not sure.

[ Laughter ]

And they were all gray.

They were all the same color,

those old, big, gray boards.

And they all looked alike.

And they were all old.

In fact, I think they were built old.

They were never new.

[ Laughter ]

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And they had this long porch

that would go all the way across the front of the house.

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Little short porch.

One, two steps, and you're on the porch.

But we loved it dearly.

And as we would ride,

we'd see things we didn't see in the city.

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We'd see horses, cows, pigs,

chickens strutting around

with all their parts intact, you know?

Not a bucket of wings or anything like that.

[ Laughter ]

And we loved it.

And we'd see wells, real wells,

and outhouses and all that.

There wasn't no half moon on the outhouse, however.

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Anyway, we'd pull in front the acreage

where the old folk were waiting for us, all the relatives,

and they'd talk their really funny talk out there.

They'd talk that Creole Patois talk.

And they'd talk real funny.

And them who spoke English spoke it in such a strange way.

You didn't know what they were saying either, you know?

You just had to look at their eyebrows.

If they had a frown in it, it was serious, you know?

But they'd talk real funny.

And I'd jump out the car

'cause I was the first one when we'd pull in front,

and I'd run towards the porch,

and they'd be waiting on the porch, and they...

Some of those women would be well-endowed.

You know, they'd say -- come and say [speaks Creole]

And they pull you in that bosom. You'd be trying to breathe.

[ Gasping ]

And they'd be loving you to death, you know, real death.

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And you pull away and say, "Oh, yeah, I love you, too."

[ Laughter ]

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But all of them were there.

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And everything was wonderful out there.

In the evenings after...

after everyone had eaten,

they would all gather on that long,

low porch.

And this was before children owned the world.

You know, we sat at the lowest level down there.

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And there would be them old funny names they had,

like Uncle Edouard and Uncle Maurice

and Uncle Remus

and Aunt Ginny and Cousin Ninny and Aunt Nana.

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And at a time like that,

we'd see the hierarchy really at work.

Like Aunt Ginny and them be sitting in the swing,

the ladies sitting in the swing over here swinging.

And Uncle Maurice and them over there lighting up,

legally lighting up, you know?

[ Laughter ]

'Cause after you've eaten in the country,

you can't do nothing but lay around

on one of them long porches.

They eat real good out there.

But like I say, we'd see the hierarchy at work.

And the matriarch of all would be this old lady

sitting in a rocking chair on the left side of the door.

And she'd just rock slowly.

And everyone would be talking,

and as I would sit there as the smallest one,

and I'd hear all these words of wisdom going back and forth,

and it was a wonderful feeling to me.

Everything in the whole world that was important

was on this porch.

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There was someone here who could do something

about anything that could happen to me.

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It was a loving, warm, safe feeling.

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And as I would look up into the trees...

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...and as the...

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...day begin to give in to the night...

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...and out there, there was no electricity,

no running water, no gas.

So quiet was very, very, very quiet.

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And the breeze would softly blow.

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And those leaves that were facing the moonlight

would have a little silver light on them.

And as the breeze would blow across them,

they would twinkle on and off.

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And even as a little boy,

I'd look up at that and knew it was wonderful.

There was something very special going on here.

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And we'd see the matriarch of all,

this old lady who was rocking slowly in that chair.

We look every now and then, the chair's rocking

very slowly, and her eyes are just about closed.

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'Cause she knew more than everyone,

so she said less than everyone.

That's how it usually go anyway.

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And then, all of a sudden,

after it had just gotten dark like that,

Aunt Ginny would say,

"I know y'all think old Jean died,

but I heard him riding that old mule

on the other side the levy last night,

and I heard him cussing like a sailor.

I said, 'Jean, is that you over there,

cussing and whipping on that old mule?'"

and Uncle Maurice say, "Woman, that man been dead 10 years.

What you talking about?"

She say, "You know, say that if you want,

but he said he gon' visit you next week."

[ Laughter ]

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And I, being a little boy, I didn't know grown folk lied,

so that was real to me.

[ Laughter ]

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But it was all right,

'cause nothing could happen to me,

not with this safety net.

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And the breeze would softly twinkle the lights.

And every now and then, a big gust of wind would come,

and them little lights would really go crazy up in the trees

and just everyone would shut up and just look at it.

'Cause it looked like it was doing it just for us.

Mm.

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And it felt like that breeze just went right through you,

as if you were invisible.

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Then that old rocking chair would stop.

[ Piano stops playing ]

[ Piano plays ]

Then that old lady would reach down beside her chair

and pick up a little strange-looking flask

and unscrew the top off of it

and take a little hit.

[ Slurping ]

Screw it back on and slowly set it back down.

And everything would start up again.

[ Scattered applause ]

And everyone would breathe a sigh of relief.

Everything's all right.

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As you'd imagine, it's a very long story

'cause there was a whole lot of life going on back there,

a lot of wonderful life.

But the most important thing about it...

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...it inspired this song.

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♪ Southern night

♪ Have you ever felt a Southern night? ♪

[ Applause ]

♪ Free as a breeze

♪ Not to mention the trees

♪ Whistling tunes

♪ That you know and love so

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♪ Southern skies

♪ Just as good even when closed your eyes ♪

♪ I apologize

♪ To anyone who can truly say

♪ That he has found a better way ♪

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♪ Feels so good

♪ Feels so good, it's frightening ♪

♪ Wished I could

♪ Stop this world from fighting ♪

♪ La da da

♪ La da da da da da

♪ La da da da da da da

♪ La da da

♪ La da da la da da

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♪ Southern skies

♪ Have you ever noticed Southern skies? ♪

♪ Its precious beauty lie

♪ Deep beyond the eye

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♪ And it goes rushing through your soul ♪

♪ Like the stories told of old

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♪ Old man

♪ He and his dog, they walk the old land ♪

♪ Every flower touched his cold hand ♪

♪ As he slowly walked by

♪ The weeping willow would cry for joy ♪

♪ It would cry for joy

♪ Mysteries

♪ Like this and many others in the trees ♪

♪ They all blow in the night

♪ In the Southern skies

♪ In the Southern skies

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It's been a pleasure being with you. Thank you.

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2, 3, 4.

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Well, growing up in New Orleansis a wonderful place to grow up,

and I'm so glad I was blessed

to be a plant in the garden of New Orleans.

I mean, there's music everywhere.

And I like to say musics

because New Orleans isn't really one kind of music,

even though you can tell whoever it is --

"That's one of them New Orleans guys."

But it might be quite different than what happened

when the last guy got up.

So there's New Orleans musics,

but it's all a part of one garden.

When I heard Professor Longhair's music,

it was like a shock.

Because everything else, I could usually associate it

with something right before then, this is similar to that.

But when I heard Professor Longhair,

I had no reference to go back and get,

and it was just absolutely wonderful.

And I latched on right away.

And for a while, I wanted to be like Fess.

And after a while, I wanted to be Fess.

The piano was brought to my house when I was 6 1/2

for my sister to play.

My aunt gave the piano to my sister

because it was sitting at her house and not being played.

And though we were poor as Job's turkey,

the ladies of our family

thought it was sophisticated for a young girl

to play piano or violin or something like that,

so they sent this piano over to my sister.

And when the men who were carrying it in

set it down in the front room,

and I walked over to this big piece of furniture

and reluctantly touched it and got a pleasant sound,

and I was hooked immediately.

-♪ Great gosh almighty

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, can, why can't we? ♪

♪ If we want to, yes, we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

♪ Yes, we can, great gosh almighty ♪

♪ Yes, we can, I know we can, can ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

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Wyld Ryce
WQED Sessions
WLIW21 Specials
We Sing
United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America
Under a Minute
UNC-TV Arts
Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity
Tis the Night with Ben Folds & Friends
The Set List
The Lowertown Line
The Jazz Ambassadors
The Experience with Dedry Jones
The Black Church
Sunshine Blues