Goodbye, Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh.
Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou.
My Yvonne, sweetest one, me oh my oh.
Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou.
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio.
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gayo,
Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou. by Hank Williams
During the seventies The Grey Traveller could often be heard singing along to those lyrics when the Carpenters had a hit with this song. I had no idea what I was singing about, but since exploring the deep south of the USA I now know what words like bayou and jambalaya mean.
So as informed by Captain Allen of the Cajun Pride Swamp Tours a bayou is a creek of water where it can move in both directions.
….and I guess years ago the local kids would splash about and row boats on these small pieces of water to cool down from the southern heat and humidity.
I had some idea that jambalaya was a southern dish but had no idea how tasty it was, the best one which I sampled was at Pere Antoinne in Royal Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This dish is a rich mixture of rice and can contain different mixes of meat, seafood and vegetables.
I didn’t try crawfish I have to be honest as I’m not much of a fish eater and somehow I felt it would remind me of catching crayfish in a dirty canal in OxforDshire when I was a child….and gumbo well its a soupy stew and can be all sorts of flavours.
So thanks to Hank Williams and The Carpenters for supplying the soundtrack to the #HoustontoMiami road trip and now at least I know what I’m singing about even if I’m not always in tune!