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Lakes Of Ponchartrain.


Dennis James

 Genre: Folk-Rock
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A quick replacement of a post earlier today to re-mix vocals....
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It was one fine March morning I bid New Orleans adieu
And I took the road to Jackson town, my fortune to renew.
I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain,
Which filled my heart with longing for the Lakes of Ponchartrain.

I stepped on board of a railroad car beneath the morning sun,
I rode the rods till evening and I laid me down again.
All strangers there no friends to me till a dark girl to me came
And I fell in love with my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

I said, "My pretty Creole girl, my money here's no good,
If it weren't for the alligators, I'd sleep out in the wood."
"You're welcome here, kind stranger, our house is very plain,
But we never turned a stranger out by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

She took me into her Mamas house, and treated me right well.
The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell.
To try and paint her beauty, Im sure t’would be in vain,
So handsome was my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.

I asked her if she'd marry me. She said that never could be
For she had got a lover and he was far at sea.
She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain
Till he'd return to his Creole girl on the lakes of Ponchartrain.

Its fare thee well, my Creole girl, I may never see you no more.
I'll never forget your kindness in the cottage by the shore
And at each social gathering, a flowing bowl I'll drain
And I'll drink a health to my Creole girl by the lakes of Ponchartrain.
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Uploaded: Feb 16, 2008 - 01:33:16 PM
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2008 - 01:33:16 PM Last Played: Jun 13, 2019 - 07:42:12 AM
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said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
Sounds good
Good sound in the vocals... Good melody and sing-a-long.... Thanks for sharing this song....
Feter said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
Lakes Of Ponchartrain.
just awesome ..always impressed by your great
jingle jangle songs always the best ..realy
cool harp work here my friend ..thank you so
very much for sharin such gem ..!!
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Moviz said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
This is a
slightly different style of song for you, but no less entertaining. I love your lyrics and your arrangements always and this too is excellent.... I like the descending riff between verses and the ringing guitars at the end. Really original and a great musical story, regards M
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BossHook said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
Shake that tambourine!
Great big Byrds and Lovin' Spoonful feel. Wonderful folk rock.
Vic Holman said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
you deleted the first when i was commenting. this does sound a bit better. very byrds. the harmonica and backing vocals really top the cake.
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jiguma said 4231 days ago (February 16th, 2008)
You do this so well Dennis
Sounds like McGuinn and the boys in full flight after collecting a song from Mr Dylan (sitting in on harmonica).
Good stuff!
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ceilidh said 4230 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
i adore this tune
and is on the top list of those i would like to post here, how great to see another fan :)
your rendition is very interesting and completely different from what i have ever heard.
utterly adore the harmonica. it is truly the brightest highlight for me.
great tune
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aclarke said 4230 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
I wasn't aware
of this song and hadn't heard your music before either. You've got a unique singing style that is very appealing.

Fantastic guitar sound- very clean and jangly. Nice mix, too.
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dirigent said 4230 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Great song
very nice tune, good voice, bravo!
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said 4230 days ago (February 17th, 2008)
Really dig this
Definitely, you have this trademark sound, and you do it very well; Another nice one, Dennis James. This is such a clean mix

. - Harold
Monkaton said 4229 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Good One Dennis
I really like your singing, harmonies, and arrangement. Did you use a 12 string electric guitar in there?

Nice story with a Dylan type construction in the lyrics. Had you thought of adding a bridge or a chorus to this song? I would suggest it only if it enhanced the song.

Good song. Thanks for posting.
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rtcooper said 4229 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
Broadcast Quality.
Maybe The Best of the Bunch, to Date.
SERIOUS Good Rockin'!

high regards,
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Dennis James said 4229 days ago (February 18th, 2008)
....my thanks to all who have taken the time to listen. Thank you....and just to clear up....I didn't write the song, just another of the wonderful things out there in Public Domain land.
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thetiler said 4227 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
the style here. Has a Byrds feel with the 12 string !!!!

Really sounds like they had a deep effect on you. Because this has really radio style of that era.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful nostalgic sound.
Nice vocal style indeed, plus the background sounds. Very striking is that 12 string guitar sounds. When I first heard tunes like 8 miles high, I really was taken back by that style.

But though this is your style of course, not bad to have that guitar sound.
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announcer said 4226 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
This is a new one to me
I hopye you will continue your investigation into some of the great old folk songs. I live the waqy you handle them and they are great songs that seem to suit your style well.

Kudos for another job well done.
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said 4161 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
Great song... Great work on the harmonica and so the guitar playing (as usual). Wonderful vocals! Thanks for sharing!

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michaelkoppenheffer said 3625 days ago (October 14th, 2009)
I've always liked this song
And this is a strong rendition of it--Dylanesque but not at all derivative. And the arrangement kept my attention all the way through: a really enjoyable listening experience, thanks!
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Name: Dennis James
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45 odd years working in Australia in a myriad of R&R and country-based bands. Now working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. See my interview in the MacJams Music Blog: Dennis James - Down Under in Pittsburgh... [see more]

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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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