Do You Know What It Means to Miss New OrleansWords & Music by Louis Alter & Eddy De Lange
Recorded by Fats Domino, 1993
E7/6 A D9 Cdim A Do you know what it means to miss New Or - leans D9 AM7 C#m7-5 F#7 And miss it each night and day? Bm7 Dm6 A9 C#m7-5 F#7 I know I'm not wrong -- this feeling's gettin' stronger Bm Bm7/E Dm6 E7 The longer, I stay a - way. E7/6 E7 A D9 Cdim Bm7-5 E6 Miss them moss covered vines, the tall sugar pines D9 AM7 C#m7-5 F#7 Where mockin' birds used to sing; Bm7 Cdim A9 C#m7-5 F#7 And I'd like to see that lazy Mis - sis - sip - pi D9 E7/6 A Hurryin' into spring. Bridge: Esus4 E7-9 Cdim A6 The moonlight on the bayou, F#m Esus4 E7-9 Cdim A6 A Creole tune that fills the air; Fdim E7 Bm7-5 AM7 F#m I dream about Magnolias in bloom B7 Cdim E7 And I'm wishin' I was there. E7/6 E7 A D9 Cdim Bm7-5 A6 Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans D9 AM7 C#m7-5 F#7 When that's where you left your heart? Bm7 Cdim A9 C#m7-5 F#7 And there's something more: I miss the one I care for D9 Dm6 E7 A More than I miss New Orleans.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, an entire city is virtually gone -- a city with one of the richest musical cultures of any in the United States. This song, in particular, takes on a whole new meaning now and evidently the sentiment rings almost universally among visitors, because it's been requested numerous times. It was recorded by many artists, perhaps most notably Louis Armstrong (at least if you measure the number of times his recording was released) but this chart owes its existence to several other artists, too, all of whose recordings I synthesized into this arrangement. That list includes Harry Connick's of 1988 and Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday's from 1947 among others.