Always Sounds Like Home: Professor Longhair

Mardi Gras

Musicians greet Mardi Gras along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Feb. 5, 2008. Chris Graythen/Getty Images hide caption

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In the months after Hurricane Katrina, Edie Hall of New Orleans lost her father, her job and her partner. But she's still got the city she loves and its amazing carnival season.

She's also got a favorite song to go with it. Her pick for Best Song in the World Today: Professor Longhair's "Go to the Mardi Gras."

"You hear the first few bars and you know exactly what is — it's about getting your ticket and coming to New Orleans," says Hall, who then paraphrases a section of the lyrics. "And if you come to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras, you're gonna see the Zulu king down on St. Claude and Dumaine. And if you stay there long enough, you're gonna see the Zulu queen."

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