Friends often kid me about the amount of lyrical content that deals with food in my songs. Well, here I am where that first began, New Orleans. Back in 1983, I wrote a song about The Camellia Grill on South Carrollton inspired by my first visit to that great diner then known mostly to locals. Ever since, culinary and restaurant references have crept into my music quite naturally. I have never set out to “write a food song,” but occasionally, references to what I enjoy eating seem relevant to what I am writing.
Such is the case with “Smile Upon Your Soul,” a tune that occurred to me in 2008 when I sat down to write before lunch one day. I got to thinking about what I’d like for lunch and the lyrics occurred to me. This week, I’m on a mission to eat my way through the lyrics of the song. Here are the song lyrics annotated with the places that can be accomplished. Listen to Smile Upon Your Soul here!
Bon appetite and may you always have a Smile Upon Your Soul!Smile Upon Your Soul Red beans & rice, crawfish etoufee (Market Café) That’s the kind of groceries that I want today A whole muffalotta wid a ice-cold beer (Napoleon House) Where you gonna find that kinda dinner round here You point it South and you let it roll Gumbo (Remoulade – Arnaud’s) in your mouth’ll put a Smile Upon Your Soul Jambalaya (Napoleon House) I could eat all night It’s that Cajun sweat that makes it taste just right Grillades and grits down at the Marigny (Café Marigny) Pfister Sisters heavenly harmony (various music venues & JazzFest) Mudbugs in a pot, let boiling water roll Crawfish (Acme Oyster House) in your mouth’ll put a Smile Upon Your Soul Pile some shrimp upon French bread until you got a mess Mayo, lettuce and tomato (and a pickle for Mitch) Now yo’ Po-Boy’s (Mother’s, Acme Oyster House) dressed Don’t worry if the shrimp fall out and get all over you ‘Cause everybody else is chasing down them critters, too (JazzFest) I’d like to have some good trout amandine (Irene’s Cuisine) Or maybe Eggplant Josephine (Olivier’s – eggplant Napoleon – see footnote) And bread puddin’ for dessert (Irene’s Cuisine) A Bloody Mary (Remoulade – or anywhere) might not hurt Have some rice and Shrimp Creole (Market Café) Speckled trout (Mandina’s) inside your mouth’ll put a Smile Upon Your Soul Crawfish in your mouth’ll put a Smile Upon Your Soul Gumbo in your mouth’ll put a Smile Upon Your Soul Words & Music ©2008, Les Kerr ASCAP Publisher: O.N.U. Music ASCAP Footnote: Eggplant Josephine was a companion dish to Eggplant Napoleon served at the old White Pillars Restaurant in Biloxi, Mississippi in the 1970s. I have not found it anywhere since then but Eggplant Napoleon is just dandy, so get that instead, even if it doesn’t rhyme with “amandine!”
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