The source material seems to be white country ragtime, with melodic materials from several rag and black sources. "Tain't Nobody's Business But Mine" and "Dill Pickles Rag" are suggested in the melody.1
I'm rollin' them bones on Easy Street,I'm tellin' you boys I'm hard to beat,Shakin' those dice both night and day,Tryin' to make them darn things pay.Shake them up, shake them down,Roll them easy upon the ground,Come on dice, let me hear you rattle,Turn right up and show me a natural.
Joe Werner was making his name stand out after jumping out on his own after recording with the Hackberry Ramblers. He started his own Ramblers group, featuring either Doc Guidry or possibly Wayne Perry on fiddle. During this 1938 session in New Orleans, Joe recorded several Cajun French tunes as well as English tunes.
- The Cajuns: Songs, Waltzes & Two Steps. Liner notes.
The Cajuns: Songs, Waltzes, & Two-Steps (Folkways, 1971)
Cajun Country, Vol. 2, More Hits from the Swamp (JSP, 2005) The Best Of Cajun & Zydeco (Not Now, 2010)