Listen to this 'Talk of the Nation' topic
One hardly needs to hear the title track from Dr. John's latest CD, City that Care Forgot to know where he's going with this. He's one of New Orleans' most beloved musicians, and he's got a bone to pick with the world about his city that's being left behind. But wait, of course you need to hear it — so listen to the segment for a taste, and go here to hear a bunch of the album live from Philadelphia in May. And if you're hunkered down in a cube with no headphones and can't listen, here are some lyrics that tell the tale:
Uptown everything looks fine/ When you head downtown/ you see the water line so high/ When you get down to the Lower 9/ the smell of death still hangs on the honeysuckle vine/ Magnolias lie in the streets/ In the city that care forgot/ Everything sacred been strung up and shot/ in the city that care forgot.