I would never normally go bowling
On a Friday morning in New Orleans
But I like to come here to remember
The kind of places you took me
Like the time we stole a Datsun
And drove all night to the everglades
Until we crashed it in a big electric storm
And stood there listening to the bayou rain

The county sheriff had a hairlip
Louisiana's pride and joy
He said politley as he cuffed me
I never busted an English boy
But I will accept a contribution
To the Opelousas' Charity Ball
But you better drive this dirty Datsun
Into the Gulf of Mexico

Under a Cajun moon I lay me open
There is a spirit here that won't be broken
Some words are sad to sing
Some leave me tongue-tied
But the hardest thing to tell you
But the hardest words I know
Are I love you goodbye
I love you goodbye

Typhoon Pierre delayed my plane till morning
Jusqu'au matin
Let the bontemps rouler from your accordion
L'accordien
Under a cajun moon I lay me open
Y a un esprit partoun
There is a spirit here that won't be broken
Simple words are sad to sing
Some words are sad to sing
They leave me tongue-tied
Some leave you tongue-tied
But the hardest thing to tell you my friend
But the hardest words I know
Is I love you goodbye
Are I love you goodbye

Je t'aime, au revoir
I love you goodbye
Je t'aime, toujours
I love you, goodbye


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    General CommentI don't think this a particularly crytic song, but it reads like poetry. It tells the story of someone being corrupted by a lover and deciding to leave them before getting too deep into the criminal life. I love the fiddle, how it brings out the cajun flavour of the song to match the lyrics. And I love the details in the lyrics, too. Like, "The County Sherrif had a Hairlip" and "like the time we stole a Datsun". Not just a stolen car, a stolen Datsun.
    Aural Sculptureon January 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm reminded of my first love.

    Which . . . was a very unusual affair . . . we were only four, best friends in the whole world, and a pair of misfits the both of us, but I think somebody treated him inappropriately at home and, not understanding the nature of things, I answered the question, "What does he do during nap time?" and I never saw him again.

    I think without him I'd only ever like girls.
    Mikiton June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnyway, if I'd heard this song much later in life instead of overhearing my parents play it and later coming to understand it better as a child it will only ever remind me of the unusual affair described in the post above.
    Mikiton June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThat sentence doesn't make sense: if I had heard it later in life I'd have been reminded of other things, but since I only heard it early on I was reminded of earlier events and forever associate the song with those events
    Mikiton June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBecause I had a lover from The middle of Cajun country, Evangeline Parish, I understand and love this song. The only reason I know what Opelousas is (a town in central LA) is because I asked her once while we were driving from Lafayette to her hometown. She said, its pronounced 'OPP- a loosis.' Not "Oh pa looses" as in the song. But I would never Hold that against Mr. Dolby, because I too have been under a Cajun moon with someone I loved very much, and will never forget it. Thank you for this beautiful prose.
    MarisaIs2on October 30, 2016   Link

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