T'es petite et t'es mignonne,C'est pour moi, malheureuse,Ça t’fais tout, moi j’ai,Pas fait ça.Ton vieux negre, 'garde-donc, chère,Mais, roulait, mais, les chemins,C'est pour toi malheureuse,Mais, donc, pour aller.*Moi j’croyais pas, toi,T’avais le cœur, malheureuse,Si criminelle que ça,Chère 'tite fille.
Similar to neighboring musician Moise Robin who was inspired by Mayuse Lafleur, Artelus seems to be take the popular melody of Lafleur's The Criminal Waltz (La Valse Criminale) and turn it into what he called "Belle Of Point Clare" (#22108). Most likely sponsored by Frank Dietlein or some other local store owner, several St. Landry Parish and St. Martin Parish musicians were on hand for this 1929 recording session in New Orleans including Oscar Doucet, Berthmost Montet, Joswell Dupuis, Adolph "Bixy" Guidry, Percy Babineaux, and the Soileau Couzens, Leo and Alius Soileau.
You are small and you're sweet,It's because of me, you poor woman,All that you've done,I didn't do that.Your old man, look, dear,Well, roaming, well, the roads,It's because of you, you poor woman,Well, so, (he's) going.I can't believe, you,(That) you'd have a heart, you poor woman,So mean like that,Dear little girl.
The lover in the story is clearly blaming himself first, then begins to blame his love interest because he left. The Victor recordings list his instrument as the "French harp" and included Opelousas-native Eldon Gill. It's quite possible that Eldon, an "expressman" and auto mechanic, helped Artelus craft the song lyrics.
- Lyrics by Smith S