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Jambalaya


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Jambalaya (On the Bayou) is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Hank Williams that was first released in July 1952. Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres.

 

Actually, there are different cover versions about this song. A version of the song was recorded by Jo Stafford in 1952, reaching #3 on the Billboard pop charts (and making the song well known to people other than country music fans). Mitch Miller had originally intended "Jambalaya" to be recorded by Jimmy Boyd for Columbia Records. Boyd turned the song down and Miller recorded it with Jo Stafford. Years later Jimmy Boyd did record it for Dot Records. It was further popularized in a Rock'n'Roll version by Fats Domino.

 

But one of the famous versions about Jambalaya belonged to The Carpenters. They featured the song, in an uptempo MOR version with country flourishes, on their 1973 album Now & Then. Their version was released as a single outside the United States in 1974 and sold well in the UK (peaking at number 12 in the charts) and Japan.

 

As a classical song, if you also like Jambalaya stave, learn it!

 

The Lyrics of Jambalaya:

 

Good-bye, Joe,he gotta go, me oh my oh
He gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
His Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou
Thibodaux, Fontaineaux, the place is buzzing
Kin-folk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style they go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher a mi-o!
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou
Settle down far from town get him a pirogue
And he'll catch all the fish in the bayou
So up his mom to buy Yvonne what she need-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight I'm gonna see my cher a mi-o!
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight I'm gonna see my cherami-o!
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight I'm gonna see my cherami-o!
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou .
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight I'm gonna see my cherami-o!
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou

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