One of Joe and Cleoma Falcon's favorite places to play was at Catahoula Lake near the Atchafalaya Basin in St. Martin Parish. The "lake" is actually a wide section of water at the junction of Bayou Mersier and Bayou Berard Canal. The town of Catahoula was established here and by 1928, dance-halls popped up such as the large Catahoula Inn and Noe Lasseigne's dance-hall. The Catahoula Inn boasted a large gathering room for 2500 dancers and became a popular spot for area musicians to perform.
|Cleoma Breaux Falcon|
Once I loved a darling seaman,
Oh, and he thought this world of me,
Until another girl persuaded,
And now he cares no more for me.I don't want your greenback dollar,I don't want your watch and chain,Yes, all I want is your heart, darling,Won't you take me back again?Oh, many a strolls we took together,Oh, down beside the deep blue sea,But in your heart, you love another,But in my grave I'd rather be.
I don't want your greenback dollar,Oh, I don't want your watch and chain,Yes, all I want is your 22-20,Just to shoot out your dirty brain.
Papa says we cannot marry,Oh mama says it'll never do,But if you ever learn to love me,I will run away with you.
|Catahoula Inn, 1928|
- Lyrics by Jimmy Walker
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