About the song

Hank Williams, a legendary figure in the realm of country music, gifted the world with countless timeless classics throughout his illustrious career. Among these treasures is the beloved tune “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”, which emerged in 1952 as part of his album “Hank Williams as Luke the Drifter”. This infectious song, with its upbeat tempo and catchy Cajun-inspired melody, transports listeners to the vibrant atmosphere of the Louisiana bayou.

Written by Williams himself, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” embodies the spirit of celebration and joie de vivre. Its lyrics paint a vivid picture of Cajun culture, complete with references to traditional dishes like crawfish pie and filé gumbo, alongside tales of love and revelry.

Upon its release, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” swiftly climbed the music charts, capturing the hearts of audiences across the nation. Its infectious rhythm and memorable lyrics made it an instant hit, securing top positions on various music charts of the time. The song’s enduring popularity has continued through the decades, solidifying its status as a quintessential piece of Americana.

With Hank Williams’ unmistakable twang and heartfelt delivery, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” remains a cherished favorite among fans of country music. Its timeless appeal transcends generations, serving as a reminder of the rich cultural tapestry that defines American music.

So, whether you’re a longtime Hank Williams enthusiast or discovering his music for the first time, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” is sure to captivate with its irresistible charm and infectious energy. Take a trip down to the bayou and let the music of Hank Williams sweep you away on a journey of joy, nostalgia, and the vibrant spirit of Louisiana.

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Lyrics

Goodbye, Joe, he gotta go, me oh my oh
He gotta go-pole the pirogue go down the Bayou
His Yvonne the sweetest one, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Thibodaux, Fontaineaux the place is buzzin’
A kin-folk come to see Yvonne by the dozen
Dressed in style, the go hog wild, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight, I’m a-gonna see my, my cher au mi-oh
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Settle down far from town get him a pirogue
And he’ll catch all the fish in the Bayou
Swap his mom to buy Yvonne what she need-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight, I’m a-gonna see my, my cher au mi-oh
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight, I’m a-gonna see my, my cher au mi-oh
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo (hee-haw)
For tonight, I’m a-gonna see my, my cher au mi-oh
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
For tonight, I’m a-gonna see my, my cher au mi-oh
Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be gay-oh
Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou