New Orleans Crawl

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Malcolm Welbourne (Papa Mali), Bill Kreutzmann

A new Hunter song played by Papa Mali with Bill Kreutzmann and 7 Walkers.

Stand up straight, with your back to the wall
Gonna teach you the New Orleans crawl
Down to your hands, fall to your knees
Go round in a ring like looking for keys

No one too large, no one too small
To get down and do the New Orleans crawl
All for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl

Don't be a stand-off, and don't you stall
Get on down do the New Orleans crawl
Twinkle twinkle, don't that beat all
New Orleans cops doing the New Orleans crawl

Yeah, yeah, mama, you're such a doll
Know how to do that New Orleans crawl
All for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl

Down on your luck but you can't fall
Once you can do the New Orleans crawl
Politicians climb up the wall
That's how they do the New Orleans crawl

Eye on the bat, not on the ball
Run your bases with the New Orleans crawl
All for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl

The New Orleans crawl, the New Orleans crawl
Here to tell you it do beat all
Joe from Detroit, rattle and fall
Shake them and roll the New Orleans crawl

Down in Louisiana,having a ball
They're all doing the New Orleans crawl
All for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl

In the phone booth, making a call (note 1)
Invite you up for the New Orleans crawl
No bloody nose, break up that brawl
Better off doing the New Orleans crawl

Watch old grandma in her shawl
Down there doing the New Orleans crawl
All for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl
Notes
(1) early versions had rather different last two verses:
Well I'm standing in the phone booth, I'm trying to make a call
But the water keeps rising, and it's filling up the stall
Plumber men ain't helping, they ain't been no help at all
They dropped the ball and you took the fall

That bitch Katrina was a hell of a squall
She tried to take us out but she couldn't kill us all
It's all for one, one for all
Let's go do the New Orleans crawl
Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     2010 Seven Walkers Seven Walkers

 


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