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January 29, 2006

Mon bon vieux mari

My mother is the resident cajun for my dad's side of the family. His uncle calls up last Saturday, asking if she knows this old cajun song his uncle used to sing when he was drunk. (That part of the family worked on the plantations for a couple of years, but isn't cajun.) He sang a couple bars in french that he could remember. Trying to spell words sung in french when you don't know what words they are or how to spell them is kinda difficult with my very rusty non-cajun french.

We had to enlist the help of my native cajun french speaking grandmother, (who recognized the song, but didn't know the name either, she did give us a clue as to what the words were.) Between Grandmaw, the old people at the nursing home she volunteers at, Babelfish and Google, we eventually found that it's a song about a woman married to the best drunk in town, asking him where he's going, where the party is, all that type of stuff. It's quite funny.

All this to find a song my great-great-uncle used to sing when he was drunk. God bless the intarweb, we even bought the CD.

music: Suzanne Vega: Tom's Diner

candice at January 29, 2006 12:57 AM


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