Oh chère, promets moi, mais, juste pour moi, jolie fille,Jusqu'à jour de ta mort, bébé.Oh chère, moi, j'connais, mais, toi pas venir jusqu'à moi,Toi pas venir, mais, tu t'sauve* de ton nègre*, bébé.Oh chère, promets moi de pas m'quitter jusqu'à la mort,Jolie cœur, pour ton nègre, chère.Oh chère, moi, j'connais, mais, moi, j'm'en va,C'est pour te rejoindre, jolie cœur,Pourquoi-donc tu veux pas d'moi, jolie?
|Port Arthur News|
Sep 20, 1946
Forming his own band, the Three Aces, with rhythm guitarists Floyd Shreve or Dewey Landry and bassist/drummer Tony Gonzalez in the early '30s, Soileau expanded the group into a quartet, the Four Aces, in 1934. They later became the Rhythm Boys by 1937, backed by piano player Harold "Popeye" Broussard and steel guitarist Julius ‘Papa Cairo’ Lamperez.2 In his last session with the Four Aces, Leo recorded a version of Joe Falcon's "Aimer Et Perdre" entitled "La Valse De La Rosa" (#17047), a melody he had reworked earlier in his career as "Ce Pas La Pienne Tu Pleur". It would be his last recorded Cajun piece ever. Although this marked the end of Leo's recording career, he claimed the reason was because of the onset of WWII.
When the war declared, that's when my contract expired with Decca.1
Oh dear, promise me, well, (you're) just for me, pretty girl,Until the day you die, baby.Oh dear, I know, well, you didn't come to me,You didn't come, well, you stayed away from your man, baby.Oh dear, promise me not to leave me until death,Pretty sweetheart, for your man, dear.Oh dear, I know, well, I'm leaving,It's to join you, pretty sweetheart,So, why do you not want me, pretty girl?
The group continued to perform at the Silver Star Club in Lake Charles for eight years. Shifting to the Showboat Club in Orange, TX and other places like the Harvest Club, the band continued to play together for another two years. Although Soileau and the group appeared frequently on the radio, they never recorded again. In the late '40s, Soileau left music to work with his brothers in a general contracting firm in Ville Platte. He died in August 1980.2
- Lyrics by Martin S
Leo Soileau: Louisiana Cajun Music Vol. 7 (Old Timey, 1982)