Allons, mais, priez quand je 'joins,
Chère, je t’auras, ma belle petite catin,
J'vais voir ses chères yeux brillent encore,
Elle m'a promis de m'aimer toujour.Mais la door était bien close,Et avant l'hiver a passé,Les anges a venu à ma porte,Si je t’auras, ma belle petite catin.Oh ma belle petite catin,Ma fleur qu'a pas déflorer,Mon cœur est comme mon guitare,J’ai passé ma belle petite catin,Mon cœur est comme mon guitare,J’ai passé ma belle petite catin.
Feb 17, 1939
After learning to play the guitar as a child, Leroy "Happy Fats" Leblanc picked up several recording opportunities laid down by RCA Victor's chief R&A executive, Eli Oberstien. His group, containing Ray Guidry on banjo, Willie Vincent steel guitar, Nathan Guidry on bass and, Doc Guidry on fiddle, would leave for New Orleans and record "Mabelle Tete Catin" (#2072), a song about losing a lover who's heartbreak is expressed through his guitar. But the money was not enough. During the 11 years that Happy recorded for RCA, he had many other jobs.
I worked in the rice mills during the day and used to play country dances at night. And in the tomato season, I'd go over to the Rio Grande Valley and East Texas to work the harvest.1
|Church Point News|
May 14, 1943
Going, well, praying (as to) when I can return,
Dear, I'll come get you, my beautiful little doll,
I have to see her dear eyes shine again,
She promised to love me forever.Well, the door was closed,And before the winter had passed,The angles came to my door,So, I'll come get you, my beautiful little doll.Oh, my beautiful little doll,My flower that never wilted,My heartache is part of my guitar,(As) I pass by my beautiful little doll,My heartache is part of my guitar,(As) I pass by my beautiful little doll.
This particular tune must have had some remarkable sales since Bluebird reissued the tune on #2087 later on. By 1940, he expanded the group and got horn players and even a piano accordionist. However, by the time WWII began, the invitations to record ceased and Happy relaxed into a career playing music on the radio. After the war, everything would change again, with his music launching him into his second musical career.
- Interview by John Uhler. 1954. CDS
- Lyrics by Stephane F and Jordy A
BS-028505-1 Mabelle Tete Catin | Bluebird B-2072
BS-028508-1 La Mellaige | Bluebird B-2072
BS-028505-1 Mabelle Tete Catin | Bluebird B-2087-A
BS-027887-1 My Little Cajun Girl | Bluebird B-2087-B