My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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I never knew that the place i grew
Is the grandest place on earth
Till I roamed around from town to town
But now I know what it's worth
Listen while I tell you about the place I mean
It's my little old home down in New Orleans

Oh-de-lay-ee

In the sunny south where the black oil flows
That's where I long to be
The dixie land where the white cotton grows
Is calling now to me
And soon i'll be in the land of my dreams
It's my little old home down in New Orleans

Oh-de-lay-ee

I've been east, and way out west
Been around most everywhere
Now I'm headed south for a good long rest
I'll be glad when I get there
All the wonderful things in the world it seems
Are awaiting for me down in New Orleans

Oh-de-lay-ee

In the sunny south where the black oil flows
That's where I long to be
The dixie-land where the white cotton grows
Is calling now to me
And soon I'll be in the land of my dreams
And that's my little old home down in New Orleans





Oh-de-lay-ee

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers's song My Little Old Home Down in New Orleans speaks about the singer's love and longing for his hometown of New Orleans. The singer remarks that he never realized the worth of his place until he travelled around different towns. He tells the listeners about a place that means so much to him and describes it as 'the grandest place on earth'. He mentions the wonderful things that await him in New Orleans, and the catchy chorus 'Oh-de-lay-ee' indicates the singer's excitement for returning to his homeland.


The second verse of the song emphasizes the longing of the singer for his homeland. He mentions the southern parts of the United States where oil and cotton grow and expresses his desire to reach there soon for a good, long rest. He feels that everything he wants in his life is waiting for him, but most importantly, his little old home in New Orleans. The song clearly intends to convey a sense of love, pride, and nostalgia for the singer's hometown, making it a relatable emotion for anyone who has left their hometown and misses it.


Line by Line Meaning

I never knew that the place I grew
I didn't realize how great the place where I grew up was until I traveled around and saw other towns.


Is the grandest place on earth
The place where I grew up is the best place in the world.


Till I roamed around from town to town
I didn't appreciate my hometown until I traveled to other places.


But now I know what it's worth
Now I truly understand the value of my hometown.


Listen while I tell you about the place I mean
Let me describe to you the place where I grew up.


It's my little old home down in New Orleans
My hometown is New Orleans.


In the sunny south where the black oil flows
I want to be in the sunny southern part of the United States where there are a lot of oil wells.


That's where I long to be
I miss the southern United States and want to return there.


The dixie land where the white cotton grows
I want to be in Dixie where there are a lot of cotton fields.


Is calling now to me
I feel drawn to return to the southern United States.


And soon I'll be in the land of my dreams
I'm about to fulfill my dream of returning to the southern United States.


All the wonderful things in the world it seems
It feels like all the great things in the world are waiting for me in my hometown.


Are awaiting for me down in New Orleans
My hometown of New Orleans is waiting for me with all of its wonderful things.




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0:12 I never knew that the place i grew
Is the grandest place on earth
Till I roamed around from town to town
But now I know what it's worth
Listen while I tell you about the place I mean
It's my little old home down in New Orleans
Oh-de-lay-ee
0:44 In the sunny south where the black oil flows
That's where I long to be
The dixie land where the white cotton grows
Is calling now to me
And soon i'll be in the land of my dreams
It's my little old home down in New Orleans
Oh-de-lay-ee
1:41 I've been east, and way out west
Been around most everywhere
Now I'm headed south for a good long rest
I'll be glad when I get there
All the wonderful things in the world it seems
Are awaiting for me down in New Orleans
Oh-de-lay-ee
2:10 In the sunny south where the black oil flows
That's where I long to be
The dixie-land where the white cotton grows
Is calling now to me
And soon I'll be in the land of my dreams
And that's my little old home down in New Orleans
Oh-de-lay-ee

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