The war was still on and he couldn't get any 'biscuit', the stuff records are made of. So he bought up old stocks of records which he would grind up and melt down in what he now refers to jokingly as "biscuit days." He often paid as high as 10 cents per record for the old ones, but at least he could put out some of his and soon the war ended and things began to look up for Gold Star Records. According to Arhoolie music producer Chris Strachwitz:
Most collectors will still curl up when they think how many records were ground up to make the Gold Star label.1
Hé ma chere mignonne,
Tu m'a quitté pour ton aller avec un autre,
Tu vas du regret à sa tas fait à ton vieux neg
Tu vas venir un avenir mais chere mignonne.Chere mignonne, ça fait peché,Mon je connait pas comment je vas faire resté mon seul,Mon je connait tu aurais du regret avon long temps,Pour ton venir, mais chere mignonne, mais, c'est trop tard.
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Bill didn't want to bother with publishing songs and all the red tape that goes with it, so he told his artists that they would have to use original material if they wanted to record for him.1 Chere Meon, itself, was just a cover of an old 1928 Leo Soileau tune called "Basile", also known as "Grand Mamou". He must not have been aware that half of everything Harry recorded for him were old Cajun covers.
Hey, my dear cutie,
You left me, went away with another,
You're going to regret the stuff done to your old man,
You'll come back eventually, my dear cutie.Dear cutie, it's sinful,I don't know how I will handle this alone,I know you would be regretting before too long,Well, you will eventually, my dear cutie, but it'll be too late.
The following year, Harry would later re-record the tune and entitle it "Gra Mamou" on the Macy's label.
- Lyrics by Jerry M
Devil In The Bayou - The Gold Star Recordings (Bear Family, 2002)