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The Boy from New Orleans

by The Story Is Everything

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The true story of a young man who fled the Crescent City to fight in World War II, celebrated in the New Orleans States Item newspaper as a "'Kid' Marine" and a "Vet at 17" -- Tanya's father, Freddie Reichard.


The Japs had hit the harbor and the 3rd Reich taken France
Freddie turned 16 at Warren Easton's High School Dance
A scrawny Boogie Bugle Boy just looking for a chance
To leave New Orleans

To a Marine recruiter Freddie lied about his age
Ready now to prove himself, ready now to rage
He found himself a-headed for the South Pacific Stage
A boy from New Orleans

Frightened in the foxhole, the air raid siren screamed
Fleeing through the jungle in the glare of searchlight beams
Freddie quickly found out that he knew just what it means
To miss New Orleans

Blue star in the window over on North Galvez Street
His mother bragged about her son to everyone she'd meet
States Item wrote a headline 'bout "A Vet at 17"
About the boy from New Orleans

Freddie flew reconnaissance with camera in hand
Freddie saw great horrors that would haunt him till the end
And there were days he thought he'd never make it home again
Home to New Orleans

Instead of riding street cars, a jungle jeep he used
He heard the roaring pound of surf instead of jazz and blues
And many nights he asked himself "Why did I ever choose
To leave New Orleans?"

He was of the lucky ones returned from foreign shore
Less than four years later at the tail end of the war
And found he never wanted to be anything more
Than just a boy from New Orleans


released February 29, 2020
Tanya Voorhees: lead vocals, 12 string guitar
John Voorhees: harmony vocals, 6 string banjo, bass, percussion
Jeremy Smith: clarinet

Music and lyrics by Tanya Voorhees
Produced by John Voorhees


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