It's a story about Joe's aunt, Josephine Trahan, wife of Sostene Falcon. Her daughter, Alida, is the subject of a love interest in which a likely older man begs Mrs. Sosthene to have Alida for himself. He has been interested in her for 14 years and while he walks away, he's heartbroken and wants her family to know this.Oh Madame Sosthène, mais donnez moi Alida,
La seule moi j'aimais, mais depuis l'âge de quatorze ans.
Quand même tu ne veux pas, faudra toujours toi tu viens,
Faudra toi tu viens, mais (z)un beau jour avant d'mourir.
Au jour d'aujourd'hui, mais c'que j'voudrais m'la promène,
ça s'rait tu m'voirais, comment mais moi j'fais pitié.
Tu sais dans toi-même, j'ai plus personne pour m'aimer
Faudra moi j'l'endure jusqu'à à l'âge de quatorze ans.
C'est dur de me voir, mais m'en aller moi tout seul,
J'suis obligé d'm'en aller, mais par rapport à ça t'as dit.
T'aurais donc voulu, mais m'écouter tu voirais,
Tu voirais pour toi-même mais quoi t'as fais (z)avec moi.
|Sosthene Falcon and |
"Madame Sosthene" (Josephine Trahan Falcon)
Oh Madame Sosthène, let me have Alida,
She's the one I've loved since the age of 14.
Even though you do not want me to, I'll come visit,
Just need to one more time before I die.
Today's the day if you want to come with me,
You will see for yourself, how pitiful I am,
You know this yourself, I have no one to love me,
I've endured this since the age of 14.
I have to leave, but, it's because of what you've done,
You should have wanted to listen, but, you'll see,
You'll see for yourself what you've done to me.
Alida Falcon would grow up around north of Rayne near the other Falcon families. She got married and moved to Port Neches, TX living a quiet life as a mother. They remember her as soft-spoken. Later in the 1950s, Lawrence Walker would take the song, "Madame Sostan", and change the lyrics to have Alida's love interest threaten to take her away through the window.
- Lyrics by Jerry M
Pioneers of the Cajun Accordion (Arhoolie, 1989)
Cajun Louisiane 1928-1939 (Fremeaux, 2003)
Cajun Early Recordings (JSP, 2004)