Tit Galop Pour Mamou

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"Tit Galop Pour Mamou"
Single by The Balfa Brothers
from the album Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2
Format LP record
Recorded 1965
Genre Cajun
Length 2:05
Label Swallow Records 6011, Swallow Records 6019
Songwriter(s) Dewey Balfa

Tit Galop Pour Mamou (English: either Canter to Mamou or Giddy-Yap to Mamou) is a Cajun folk song with words and music by Dewey Balfa. The tune behind Joe South's "Games People Play" resembles the tune of "Tit Galop Pour Mamou" to some extent.

A recording of the song by Mamou Master was used on the soundtrack of the 1991 film Scorchers.[1] The song was also recorded as the title cut of a 1992 album by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.[2]

The album was first released 1965 and is considered Volume 1. Volume 2 was released in 1974 however, in 1994, both were re-released as a double album set.[3]


The song’s narrator tells of a trip to the Louisiana town of Mamou, where he sells his mule and wagon for 15 cents to buy candies for children and sugar and coffee for older people.[4][5]