Buy Us Back July 14, 2009Posted by The Typist in New Orleans, NOLA, Toulouse Street.
Tags: Bastille Day, La Marseillaise
Maybe it’s just me but every time Bastille Day rolls around I don’t think of the wreath laying tonight at the Joan d’Arc statue (the one where the city has yet to repair the lights last I heard) or of waiter racing around Jackson Square. I think instead of Ashley Morris as the Angry Mime under the Buy Us Back Chirac sign in the Krewe du Vieux parade. I find the picture, and queue up La Marseillaise; a song with such lovely lyrics, words that could have been written by a locally famous, angry mime: “To arms citizens/Form your battalions/March, march/Let impure blood/Water our furrows!” Damn. Anyone know how one would say, in French, “we will render the carpetbaggers to make ourselves a roux, and armor the levees with their skulls?”
And ultimately I end up in Rick’s. A perfect little desktop Bastille Day perched here precariously on the edge of America. Eh la bas.