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  • Jambalaya

    Mike Cox posted on January 08, 2015 11:46

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    With a melody based on the Cajun song "Grand Texas", some sources, including Allmusic, claim that the song was co-written by Williams and Moon Mullican, with Mullican uncredited but receiving ongoing royalties.

    Released in July 1952, crediting Williams as the sole author, it was performed by Williams as a country song. It reached number one on the U.S. country charts for fourteen non-consecutive weeks. "Jambalaya" remains one of Hank Williams' most popular songs today.

    Williams' song resembles "Grand Texas", a Cajun French song, in melody only. "Grand Texas" is a song about a lost love, a woman who left the singer to go with another man to "Big Texas".

    However, "Jambalaya", while maintaining a Cajun theme, is about life, parties and stereotypical food of Cajun cuisine. The protagonist leaves to pole a pirogue – a flat-bottomed boat – down the shallow water of the bayou, to attend a party with his girlfriend Yvonne, and her family. At the feast they have Cajun cuisine, notably Jambalaya, crawfish pie and filé gumbo and drink liquor from fruit jars. Yvonne is his "ma chaz ami-o", which is Cajun French for "my good girlfriend" (“ma chère amie” in French). Williams uses the term "ma chaz ami" as one word, thus the "my" in front of it. The "o" at the end of "ami" is a poetic/lyrical device making the line match the phrasing of the previous line and rhyme with it.

    ~~~ChordPro Verson UPDATED May 17, 2015 CEL~~~

    This is a cajun french version OF THE JAMBALAYA LYRICS:

    "GOODBY JOE" J'AI POUR ALLEZ, MI-O-MA-Y-O
    J'AI POUR ALLEZ MOI TOUT SEUL
    SUR LE BAYOU
    MA YVONNE, LA PLUS JOLIE
    SUR LE BAYOU
    TONNERRE M'ECRASE
    UN VA AVOIR UN BON TEMP
    SUR LE BAYOU
    ----refrain----------
    JAMBALAYA, DES TARTES D'ECREUVISSE, FILE GOMBO
    PAR A SOIR MOI J'VA ALLEZ VOIR
    MA CHERE AMI-O
    JOUER L'GUITAR, BOIRE DE LA JOGUE(cruche)
    ET FAIR DE LA MUSIQUE
    TOMNNERRE M'ECRASE
    UN VA AVOIR UN BON TEMP
    DE SUR LE BAYOU
    THIBODEAUX, FONTENOT, LA PLACE APRE SONNER
    CA VIEN "EN TAS" POUR VOIR YVONNE
    PAR LES DOUZAINES
    FAIR BIEN L'AMOUR, ET FAIR LE FOU, FAIR LA MUSIQUE
    TONNERRE M'ECRASE
    UN VA AVOIR UN BON TEMP

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Comments

Sue Rogers
# Sue Rogers
Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:06 PM
though you might enjoy seeing and hearing the cajun french version

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