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A place to share some words of beauty, inspiration, and life. Today’s lyrics celebrate the corrupt and beautiful state of Louisiana – a place of wonderful music, delicious cuisine, and a “Joie de Vivre” toward love and life. This week we offer Bob Dylan singing about the House of the Rising Sun, Hank Williams singing about life on the bayou, and Mel McDaniel and Hank Williams Jr., singing about Lousiana Saturday night. Click on the name of the piece to get a video or more information.

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on a drunk
He fills his glasses up to the brim
And he’ll pass the cards around
And the only pleasure he gets out of life
Is ramblin from town to town

– The House of the Rising Sun Singer: Bob Dylan

Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne the sweetest one me oh my oh
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filé gumbo
Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou

– Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Singer: Hank Williams

Well, you get down the fiddle and you get down the bow
Kick off your shoes and throw them on the floor
Dance in the kitchen till morning light
Louisiana Saturday night
My brother Bill and my other brother Jack
Belly full of beer and a possum in a sack
Fifteen kids in the front porch light
Louisiana Saturday night

– Louisiana Saturday Night Singer: Mel McDaniel and Hank Williams Jr.; Writer: Bob Mcdill