Ouais, mais, personne pour m'aimer,Moi, je connais, ouais, ça fait pas rien, ouais,Oh, non, mais, personne m'aime pas,Ouais, ça fait (rien), mon nègre, chère.Moi j'suis orphelin, ni mère ni père,P'us personne pour (m') soigner,Hé oui, je prends ça dur, chère,P'us personne, ouais, pour m'aimer.Oui, oui, oui, mon nègre,Oh, mais, 'garde-donc à moi-même, chère,Oh, ouais, ça fait pitié, chère,Oh, ouais, toujours, moi tout seul.
|Leo Soileau and his Rhythm Boys, 1944.|
George T-Chalk Duhon, Crawford Vincent,
Leo Soileau, D.W. Bollie Thibodeaux,
Courtesy of the
Johnnie Allan Collection
UL Lafayette Center of Louisiana Studies
Soileau's influences came from many different places. "Personne M'aime Pas" was a French take-off of the popular song "Nobody's Darling But Mine" It must have been quite a sensation since Cleoma recorded the tune as "Pas La Belle De Personne Que Moi" that same year. It was translated from the song by Jimmie Davis, "Nobody's Darlin' But Mine."
His band consisted of Julius ‘Papa Cairo’ Lamperez on steel guitar, Floyd Shreve on guitar, Tony Gonzales on drums, and probably Harold ‘Popeye’ Broussard on piano. Together, they headed to Dallas, Texas in December of 1937 for one of his last recordings.
|Port Arthur News|
Dec 3, 1944
Yeh well, nobody loves me,I know, yeh, it doesn't matter, yeh,Oh, non, well, nobody loves me,Yeh, it doesn't matter, my friend, darling.I am an orphan, neither a mother nor father,No one, yeh, to look after me,Hey yeh, I'm taking this hard, dear,No one, yeah, to love me.Yes, yes, yes my friend,Oh well, look at myself, dear,Oh yeah, it's pitiful, dear,Oh yeh, always alone.
Soileau remained active in the early '40s, recording with Leo Soileau's Rhythm Boys. Dropped by Decca when the label decided to stop recording Cajun musicians at the beginning of World War II, the group continued to perform at the Silver Star Club in Lake Charles for eight years. Shifting to the Showboat Club in Orange, TX, the band continued to play together for another two years. Although Soileau and the group appeared frequently on the radio, they never recorded again. In the late '40s, Soileau left music to work with his brothers in a general contracting firm in Ville Platte. He died in August 1980.2
- J'ai Ete Au Bal Vol. 1. ARhoolie CD 331. Liner notes.
- Lyrics by Jordy A
63069-A Personne N'Aime Pas | Decca 17042 A
63067-A Valse D'Amour | Decca 17042 B
Leo Soileau: Louisiana Cajun Music Vol. 7 (Old Timey, 1982)