Cher vieux nègre, après n’emmener pour te voir,
(A venir te)* de m'voir avant d'mourir,
Aussi loin avec moi aujourd'hui,
Moi, je peux p'us m’empêcher, ouais, d'pleurer.
Moi-même, j'connais quoi tu viens pour te faire soigner,Moi, je peux p'us m’empêcher, ouais, d'pleurerPrends courage, à ton vieux nègre pour te voir,(Venir te)* pour une autre fois, donc, moi, j'connais.Aussi loin avec moi, aujourd'hui,Aujourd'hui, m’empêcher, ouais, d'pleurer,Comment j'vais venir, moi, te revoir, jolie cœur,(Venir te pour)* une autre fois que avant d'mourir.
|Eddie Richard, Jay Dartez, |
Shuk Richard on accordion,
Marie Solange Falcon on guitar,
Jack Brock (MC)
Together, Marie and Shuk Richard recorded "Chere Vere Naig" (#622) corruption of the French phrase, "chère vieux nègre") as an ode to Cleoma's melody "La Valse Crowley". The song is a high intensity waltz made more effective as Eddie Duhon 'seconds' her vocal on fiddle.1 The group rounded out with Crawford Vincent on drums and Shuk on accordion. Marie handles the vocals on all four songs from the session. She strums her guitar stridently and sings at the top of her voice as loud as any male Cajun singer. However, these sessions made very little impact on her as a musician. Author John Broven remembers:
I once interviewed Marie... I kept trying to convince her that she was breaking new ground as a Cajun woman singer but she wouldn't have it, treating it all matter-of-factly.1
My dear old friend, take me to see you,
(Come and) see me before I die,
So far away from me, today,
I can not stop myself, yeah, from crying.
I, myself, I know that you're coming to be cared by me,I can not stop myself, yeah, from crying,Have courage, your old friend sees you,(Coming) another time, therefore, I know.So far away from me, today,Today, stop me, yeah, from crying,How will I come see you again, pretty sweetheart?(Coming) another time, before I die.
- Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings, Vol. 2. Liner notes.
- Cajun Dancehall Heyday by Ron Yule
- Lyrics by Stephane F
-A Madame Entelle Two Step | Khoury's KH-622-A
-B Chere Vere Naig | Khoury's KH-622-B
Cajun Honky Tonk: The Khoury Recordings Vol. 2 (Arhoolie, 2013)