The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19615   Message #200948
Posted By: Ferrara
24-Mar-00 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jambalaya
I didn't look at the way it's typed in the DT, but have always heard the first lines as:

Goodbye Joe, me gotta go, me-oh-my-oh
'Cause tonight I'm a-gonna see my ma-chere-amie -o

where "ma chere amie" means "My dear sweetie" etc., and the -o is just stuck in to make it rhyme. The "my ma-" bit is redundant (a double possessive), English & French saying the same thing, as in "Rio Grande River" (*not* French, I know, I know...) or "au jus gravy."

I think there's supposed to be an accent gr^ave (backwards from aigu) over the 1st e in chere, maybe not, not my forte at all ... I type apostrophes for accents aigus as in file' and am obviously *not* a perfectionist and consider I'm doing well to post anything at all these days. Never learned to do a blue clicky thing either, but Mr. Offer rescues me when necessary.

Pirogue is a flat bottomed boat, yes? Poled rather than rowed...