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I Love New Orleans by Richard Bienvenu – New Orleans music

Here’s a new song I wrote and recorded. It reflects my love for the city and its people, culture, heritage, history, music, festivals, architecture, cuisine and all around celebration of life. Hope you enjoy it. Please send it to as many people as you know who love New Orleans too. Oh yeah, babe!

 I Love New Orleans – Song by Richard Bienvenu


I Love New Orleans
by Richard Bienvenu

Red beans and rice and a whole lotta spice
Redfish cookin’ on the grill.
Gumbo and greens, you know what it means
Standin’ on the top of Monkey Hill

Coffee at dawn at Cafe Du Monde
And watchin’ all the boats along the river
We pay for our sins with hurricane winds
And wonder what the next one will deliver

And I love New Orleans
Yes, and I love New Orleans
Everyday I wake up and say
Dere ain’t no place bettah on dis oith.

And I love New Alyuns
Yes and I love New Awlins
I hear that sound all over town
Oh yeah, babe.

Great restaurants and neighborhood haunts
But the food is bettah ovah by yo’ mama’s
Folks in straw hats and hey where y’at,
Some people walk the street in their pajamas.

We may not go far on the streetcar
But no one’s in a hurry way down here.
We sit on the porch when sidewalks are scorched
Cicadas just a buzzin’ in our ear.


Tropical breeze through the palm trees
Strollin’ through the Quarter ain’t it quaint
Sweet Dixieland played by a band
Now everybody’s marchin’ with the Saints

OK it’s hot but sometimes it’s not
And sometimes skeeters fly through the air
But we got shrimp creole to nourish your soul
And a lazy moon shines over Jackson Square

Don’t forget what you saw at ole Mardi Gras
That guy with all the feathers on his head
Stand in the shade to watch the parade
Just open up your arms and you’ll get fed.

With family and friends the party never ends
You got a great big smile upon your face
The land of dreamy dreams is more than it seems
We’re so lucky livin’ in this place.


Red beans and rice, Louisiana spice
Catfish cookin’ by the shed
Sun shinin’ down on this Caribbean town
We’re risen’ up like Lazarus from the dead.

That’s why I love New Orleans
Yes, and I love New Orleans
Everyday I wake up and say
Dere ain’t no place bettah on dis oith.

And I love New Alyuns
Yes and I love New Awlins
I hear dat sound all ovah town
Oh yeah, sugah, oh yeah, honey, oh yeah, dawlin
Oh yeah, babe.


I live in New Orleans and love the city, was born and raised here. Although I have lived other places I always felt New Orleans was home and returned here to stay many years ago. It’s said that if you are a native of the city and you move away eventually you’ll move back. Very true with me. So being a musician and songwriter I wrote an homage to the city that I love.

A mambo style beat I use in the piano and rhythm guitar, the lead guitar, played by Christopher Gretchen, adds blues licks throughout with a great solo toward the end.

I’ve played piano all my life but never learned how to play New Orleans style piano. But I knew I wanted that for this song, so I taught myself how to play the basic New Orleans piano style from watching YouTube videos! Ha, ha. Now I love it and am all over it.

Vocals/Piano/Guitar – Richard Bienvenu
Lead Guitar – Christopher Gretchen
Music Copyright 2013 – Richard Bienvenu

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  1. April Clark says

    Great Job! Lovely song, makes me want to come back to NOLA soon 😉

  2. Dion GeBorde says

    How fun, buddy! The music and your voice capture the spirit as much as the photos. I am gonna bring the fam out there one of these days. Maybe you and Julie can take us on a food tour!

  3. Julie Barreda says

    Wow! Great energy, talent and NOLA love! Love the lyrics and music.

  4. Julaine says

    Great song and performance. One suggestion: take out the negative flood photos. Accentuate the Positive, like the rest of the photos. Maybe show rebuilding photos. Will share with my friends.

  5. Richard Bienvenu says

    Good point about the flood photos. I was actually thinking about that while putting it together wondering if I should include them or not. I opted to include them because it is part of our history and shows the contrast from then to where we are now.

  6. Richard Bienvenu says

    Dion, Julie would take you all on a great food tour. She took us locals on a fabulous one last week and showed us things that we were not aware of. So if it was fabulous for us it would most likely me stupendously fantabulous for you guys. No kidding!

  7. Richard Bienvenu says

    Julie, glad you liked it. Love the NOLA love! You know it, babe!

  8. Merry says

    Thanks for sharing this! Great music, lyrics and photos. You done good!


  9. Alexandre Milagres says

    Great Richard! You explain exactly what we see and feel when in NOLA. From Coffee at dawn at Cafe Du Monde till hurricane winds. Song with lightness and fun. And I got hungry!

  10. Sandy Jolley Byrd says

    I LOVE this Song, I was born and raised in New Orleans. I now live on an Island in the Caribbean, but still miss New Orleans.

  11. Lori says

    Love it love it love it! Can’t get the tune out of my head! Although I wasn’t born and raised in NO, visited many times through my childhood to see cousins, aunts and uncles and now travel there as an adult and think of it as my beloved second home. Gotta make my next plans very soon!

  12. Cindy Barberot says

    Love the lyrics, love the music, love the photos–you captured the soul and spirit of New Orleans and the citizens in all kinds of weather! And we always come back smiling ’cause we have such fantastic food and music and joy for life! Great job! Can’t wait to buy the CD.

  13. Camp Davis says

    Hi, We are cousins – love the song. Wish I could get a recording of it. Cousin (Sylvia Ann Bienvenu) sent this to me. Born & raised in N.O. (Jackie Jolley Davis – 1932).

  14. Claudia Dubret says

    Richard loved the song! It really captured the essence of the city. Played it several times and couldn’t help but smile . I saw you had St. Pats in there also. GREAT JOB!

  15. Richard Bienvenu says

    Hey, to all of you who have left comments recently, thanks so much for visiting and liking the song. It’s been a labor of love and there may be other versions to come. Thanks so much.

  16. Ann says

    Love the video and the song Richard (and Christopher). I’m playing it for all my new colleagues here in Harrisburg, so’s they can get bettah edumacated ’bout the magic city. Nothing like it, and y’all captured dat essence poifictly.

  17. Todd says

    Newsflash. Randy Newman is pissed off! Tony Bennett has left a broken heart in SF, Frank Sinatra is sending some palookas south. This just in! John Fogerty sends his best wishes. He finally got out ole Lodi and wants to come pay a visit.
    That was a really sweet song Richard. I don’t mean “sweet” as in sweeeet. I mean it in the purest sense of the word. Todd

  18. Richard Bienvenu says

    Oh yeah, babe. Thanks for the NOLA love Ann and Todd. Randy Newman did mention something about me stealing his thunder and John Fogerty called me yesterday, wants to know how I did it.

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