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Lyr Add: Louis Camille (calypso)

Q (Frank Staplin) 31 May 11 - 09:42 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 27 Jan 16 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 31 Jan 16 - 12:34 AM
GUEST,Guest 04 Apr 16 - 04:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: LOUIS CAMILLE (calypso)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 May 11 - 09:42 PM

Lyr. Add: Louis Camille
Massie Patterson and Lionel Belasco

Louis Camille, Où est-i Eligon passé?
Louis Camille, Où est-i Eligon passé?
Cas la monté, Cas la descend,
Cas la tombé en dleau,
Cas la monté, Cas la descend.
Cas la tombé en dleau.

Ou c'est tu mertrier,-
Et ou croire ou sorti chappé?
Ou c'est un mertrier
En la fin ou ni pou payé,
Ou c'est un mertrier-
Et ou croire sorti chappé?
Ou c'est un mertrier
En fin- ou ni pou payé!

Louis Camille, have you seen Eligon today?
Louis Camille, have you seen Eligon today?
When he called, he's nowhere near,
And so his case is closed.
When he is called, he's nowhere near,
And so his case is closed.

Where can the murd'rer be?
Can it be that he's run away?
Where can the murd'rer be?
Can it be that he won't have to pay?

Where can the murd'rer be?
Can it be that he's run away?
Where can the murd'rer be?
And now- he won't have to pay!

Sheet music, pp. 8-9, "Calypso Songs of the West Indies," Massie Patterson and Lionel Belasco, M. Baron Co. New York.

"These songs, though emanating from various parts of the West Indies, are, nevertheless, familiar to the natives of Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Guadalupe, Santa Lucia, etc." From Foreward by M. Baron.


English version by Olga Paul. Free transcription by Maurice Baron.
Copyright 1943, M. Baron Co.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Louis Camille (calypso)
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 27 Jan 16 - 08:07 PM

Lis Camille, Calypso Calaloo, Rounder CD 1105, 1993, Cambridge, MA. USA, Track #5.

Paseo reel, Babb and Williams, vocal with guitar and tambourine. Noncommercial recording made by Melville and Frances Herskovits, Toco, Trinidad, 1939. Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music, song no. 162, 67-141 ƒ, 12-21-58, side b-1

"Stickney and Donovan's Great American Circus visited the Caribbean after an engagement in 1889 in New York, stopping at Martinique before making its way to Trinidad. A member of the circus, balloonist and parachutist "Professor Colby," made several attempts to ascend and jump from the balloon, achieving a jump from five hundred feet on November 11, 1889. Lyrics commemorating the feat were printed in 1930, and a Martiniquean version of the song recorded in Paris in the 1930s.

The version heard here varies somewhat from the well-known version recorded by Chiney Patrick Jones for Emery Cook in the 1950s. This version uses the tune and general idea of the lyrics of the balloon song but combines them with parts of a song about Louis Camille, who was tried in 1892 for the murder of John Eligon. Apparently the name "Eligon" has been corrupted into "Lingo," used here seemingly as as place name.

This transcription was made by Ron Kephart and Willy Kephart."

Lwis Kamil, Kamil monte pwe Lingo
        [Louis Camille, Camille went up near Lingo]
Lwis Kamil, Kamil monte pwe Lingo

(chorus) Balon monte, balon desann, balon tombe nan glo
        [Balloon went up, balloon came down, balloon fell into the water]

Lwis Kamil, Kamil monte pwe Lingo
Lwis Kamil, Kamil monte pwe Lingo
Samdi apwe mindi, Kamil mete balon dewò
        [Saturday afternoon Camille put the balloon outside]
Samdi apwe mindi, Kamil mete balon dewò

Tout moun ka-di Kamil se yon mòdera
        [everyone says Camille is a murderer]
Tout mon ka-di Kamil se yon move bèt
        [everyone says Camille is a bad beast]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Louis Camille (calypso)
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 31 Jan 16 - 12:34 AM

Satire, Protest, & Black Music — Oral History Case Studies from the Caribbean and the USA.

"From the time of slavery, satire and topicality are common elements in reports of black music from the Americas. When need arose, they also served as a form of protest. In 1889, Stickney and Donovan's Circus toured the Caribbean and the exploits of an American balloonist named Colby were recorded in a contemporary song. This became a Martinique Biguine and a Trinidad Carnival piece, recalled well into the twentieth century. Identified as a trickster, in Trinidad Colby's exploits were used as a metaphor to criticise the way in which Louis Camille was acquitted for the murder of John Eligon in 1891. This song travelled through the islands and even in recent years elements were incorporated into a Chante Mas' sung in Dominica during the Carnival."

[Cowley, John, Abstract, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, Brunel University, 2001 Annual Conference]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Louis Camille (calypso)
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 04 Apr 16 - 04:46 PM

Does anyone know where I can find the words & music for the original "balloon song" that's mentioned here?

TIA,
David


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Louis Camille (calypso)
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 12 Nov 16 - 06:29 PM

David:

Colby (Martinique) variations on lyrics here...

Can't help with the music. I've posted the older recordings on youtube a couple of times but they got taken down as fast as I put them up. Oh well.


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