Sean Oshima travels to New Orleans and experiences being the outsider in an alluring world

Went to a concert on the Bayou
I could feel the bass but not the song
Felt like a stranger in the crowd I did not belong

Saw people swimming in the Bayou
Floating on rafts and makeshift canoes
I watched from afar and, I bet, they can dance the blues

I bet they all can dance the blues,
If I could I’d be okay
Wish that I could dance the blues that way

I ride to a mansion on the Bayou
Never had a gin and tonic so strong
Felt like a stranger in the crowd, am I doing something wrong?

Danced with a woman in dark red
I look as if I’m doing fine
I talk with another ’bout Pennsylvania, faking a good time

I bet they all can dance the blues,
If I could I’d be okay
Wish that I could dance the blues that way

Oh, oh, oh, oh….

Think I’ll go to Greece or somewhere
Far from New Orleans and the Bayou
Where nobody even wonders if I dance the blues

I bet they all can dance the blues,
If I could I’d be okay
Wish that I could dance the blues that way

Chloë Isis, Will Foote, Malcolm Brooks – teaching artists

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