Mon j'ai pour avoir mon suit bien r'passé,Pour côde ain bouton sus mon gilet,Pace qu'a soir j'ai pour m' bien m' préparer:Lulu est r'venu dans l' village.J'ai pour trouver ain ciquante-sou en queque part,J'ai pour briller mes souiller, bien peigner mes chfeux,Pace qu'assoir j'ai pour m' bien m' préparer:Lulu est r'venu dans l' village.Ti peux dére à tous mes préférées:Mes blones et mes brunes,Que monsieur Otis regréttaitIl etait pas à l'entour.Aw ti peux dére au postillion d' pas vnére;J'vas pas ête à la maison avant automne;J'vas peutête pas m'en r'venere ditout:Lulu est r'venu dans l'village.
Cleoma was born into a musical family. Contrary to popular belief, the song was not written for her daughter Loula, however one wonders if the song was recorded with her in mind. It's a Cajun french cover version of the popular Fats Waller song. Originally written for the 1935 musical Broadway Gondolier, Waller, whose innovation of the Harlem stride style which laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, recorded the tune for Victor records. Taking a more moderate tempo than Waller, the limiting structure of the song inhibited the full power and range of Cleoma's vocal abilities as she casually swung through the tune backed by Morgan. It's one of the clear evidences of popular music influencing Cajun musicians in the 1930s. The song would later be popularize again by Mel Tormé in the 1950s.
|Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX|
Cléoma had an enormous impact on Cajun music. At the time, women had a significantly smaller presence in Cajun Music. Her vocals and guitar skills fascinated many people. This made her recordings very successful.
Gotta get my old tuxedo pressed
Gotta sew a button on my vest
'Cause tonight I've gotta look my best
Lulu's back in town
Gotta get a half a buck somewhereGotta shine my shoes and slick my hairGotta get myself a boutonniereLulu's back in townYou can tell all my favoritesAll the blondes and brunettesMister Otis regretsThat he won't be aroun'Tell the mailman not to callAin't comin' home until the fallAnd then again I might not get home at allLulu's back in town
- Cajun Breakdown : The Emergence of an American-Made Music: By Ryan Andre Brasseaux