Mardi Gras in New Orleans

1949© Music and Lyrics by Henray Byrd (Professor Longhair)

Henray Roeland Byrd * Bogalusa, La Dec 19, 1918
† New Orleans, La Jan 30, 1980
Henray Byrd, Professor Longhair, debuted on wax in 1949, laying down four tracks (including the first version of his signature “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” complete with whistled intro) for the Dallas-based Star Talent label.i1

Lyrics:
Well I’m goin’ to New Orleans
I wanna see the Mardi Gras
Yes I’m goin’ to New Orleans
I wanna see the Mardi Gras
When I get down there,
I wanne see that Zulu Queen.
I’ve got my ticket in my hands
Goin’ down to New Orleans
I’ve got my ticket in my hands
Goin’ down to New Orleans
When I get to New Orleans
I wanna see that whole parade.

Way down in New Orleans
Down on Rampart and Dumaine
Yes down in New Orleans
On Rampart and Dumaine
Gonna make it my standin’ place
Until I see the Zulu Queen