Allons à Lafayette
|"Allons à Lafayette (Lafayette)"|
|Single by Joe Falcon|
|A-side||"La valse qui m'a porter à ma fosse" |
|Recorded||April 27, 1928|
|Label||Columbia Records 15275-D, Okeh Records 90018|
"Allons à Lafayette" is the B-side of a 78rpm single recorded by Joe Falcon and Cléoma Breaux in 1928. The song is based on an older traditional tune called "Jeunes gens campagnard". While there is some mystery on the reason Okeh Records didn't release Dr. James F. Roach's songs in 1925, "Allons à Lafayette" is officially known as the first commercial Cajun song to be recorded.
The song deals with a man asking his partner to go to Lafayette, Louisiana and change her name to something more scandalous, Mrs. Mischievous Comeaux. The singer is upset they are both far apart and thinks her beauty is far better than her character.
Allons à Lafayette, c'est pour changer ton nom.
Let's go to Lafayette, to change your name.
Several musicians recorded the song. After 1957, Randy and The Rockets released the swamp pop song "Lets Do the Cajun Twist" using the same theme and melody.
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