1. Jambalaya

From the recording Six Strings and Coffee Beans

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© Hank Williams

Mark Clavey – lead vocals, guitar
Mary Hanover – vocals, hammered dulcimer, shakytater
Rachel Gaither – vocals, fiddle

jam•ba•lay•a [juhm-buh-lahy-uh] noun 1. a dish of Cajun/Creole origin consisting of rice cooked with sausage, chicken, or shellfish, herbs, spices, and vegetables, especially tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Origin: 1740-50; < Louisiana French < Provençal jambalaia, of uncertain origin. 2. the title of a song written and recorded by American country music singer Hank Williams that was first released in July 1952. There has been some discussion around Williams’ credit as sole author of the lyrics. Phil Davies asserts Aubrey "Moon" Mullican co-wrote the lyrics with Williams, and that he quietly received 50% of the royalties paid out by King Records notoriously stingy music publishing wing, pointing out that King's sessionography does list Jambalaya on their single KJ4J7 as Mullican-Williams. The melody was clearly based on the Cajun song, Grand Texas, an underground hit for Cajun fiddler Chuck Guillory. Jambalaya reached number one on the US country charts for fourteen weeks, and remains one of Hank WIlliams' most popular songs to-date. And the song has been covered by countless artists including Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Jimmy Buffett, Jeff Healey, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty and the Blue Ridge Rangers, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Dolly Parton, Freddy Fender, and Van Morrison, among many, many others.


Goodbye, Joe, me gotta go, me O my O. Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou. My Yvonne, sweetest one, me O my O. Son of a gun, we're gonna have big fun on the bayou.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie and filé gumbo. For tonight I'm gonna see my ma chere amie O. Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay O. Son of a gun, we're gonna have big fun on the bayou.

Fontaineaux, Thibodeaux, this place is buzzin', kinfolk come to see my Yvonne by the dozen. They dress in style and go hog wild, me O my O. Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bayou.

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Settle down far from town, get me a pirogue, and I'll catch every fish out on the bayou. Swap my mon’ to buy Yvonne what we need O. Son of a gun, we're gonna have big fun on the bayou.

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