Jambalaya

© Music by Lyrics by

Hank Williams Sr. * Georgiana, Ala Sep 17, 1923
†  Jan 1, 1953
(Williams died of a heart attack on his way to Canton, Oh)

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Here are the words to the song Jambalaya done by Hank Williams Sr. Hank Williams Sr copied the musical melody from an earlier tune recorded in Cajun French called “Grand Texas” and “L’anse couche-couche”.. Although Hank Williams used the earlier Cajun melody, the words to the song that we know as “Jambalaya” was written by Hank Williams Sr.
After Hank Williams Sr recorded his version with the new words, Cajuns re-recorded it with Hank Williams’ words translated into Cajun French.

Lyrics:
Good-bye Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

(Chorus)
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file’ gumbo
‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

Thibodeaux, Fontainenot, the place is buzzin’
Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dress in style and go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

(Chorus)
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file’ gumbo
‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
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 me a pirogue
And I’ll catch all the fish in the bayou
Swap my mon to buy Yvonne what she need-o
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

(Chorus)
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file’ gumbo
‘Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou

A CAJUN FRENCH VERSION:
Verse
“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

Chorus:
Jambalaya, des tartes d’ecreuvisse, file gombo
par a soir moi j’va allez voir
ma chere ami-o
Jouer l’guttar, boire de la jogue (cruche)
et fair de la musique
tonnerre m’ecrase
un va avoir un bon temp
de sur le bayou
Thibodeaux, Fontenot, la place apre sonner
ca vien “an 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