Allons a Lafayette c'est pour changer ton nom,
Comment mais on va t'appeller? Madam Cannaille, comme moi,
Tite fille tes trop mignonne pour faire ta criminelle,
Pour quoi te fait pitié, oui mais, jolie fille.
Allons a Lafayette pour voir les 'tites francais,
C'est, mais, se aimables, (z)'aimaient, mais, l'amuser.
Hey petit fille (pour)quoi t'après ma quitté,
Quoi tu fait quitté oui c’est criminelle.
March 15, 1947
Let's to go Lafayette, to change your name.
What will we call you? Mrs. Mischievous, like me.
Little girl, you're too cute to be this bad,
For you are pitiful, oh yeh, pretty girl.
Let's go to Lafayette to see the little french ones,
They're kind, lovable, however fun.
Hey, little girl, why are you leaving me?
Why are you pitiful?, Yeh, it's terrible.
|Lake Charles American Press |
Feb 19, 1947
In 1959, Pappy Daily acquired the Gold Star masters and re-released the song on their label as "Allons A Lafayette" (#273) on 78RPM and on D Records 45RPM (#1023). It was very likely that Harry Choates had no idea that "Jole Blon" had made him a national celebrity. He was perfectly content to play his Texas and Louisiana night spots. In 1947 (some say 1948), at the Lake Charles Coliseum, two Grand Ole Opry performers who later become immortals, Ernest Tubbs and Minnie Pearl, had stopped in Lake Charles while on tour and were in the crowd. When they heard Harry, Tubbs was overwhelmed and pleaded with Harry to come to Nashville. Harry's drummer Curzy Roy could not believe what he was hearing. Harry refused, telling Tubbs that Nashville was 800 miles away... just too far to travel.1
- Poor Hobo: The Tragic Life of Harry Choates, a Cajun Legend by Tim Knight
- Devil In The Bayou - The Gold Star Recordings
- Lyrics by Jerry M, Bryan L, and Marc C
Harry Choates – The Fiddle King Of Cajun Swing (Arhoolie, 1982, 1993)
Cajun Champs (Arhoolie, 2005)