Saturday, February 23, 2008

Down At The Twist And Shout















When I went to New Orleans last October, I listened almost exclusively to KLRZ 100.3 FM-"The Rajun Cajun" radio station (http://www.klrzfm.com). This song reminds of that, and of Louisiana.

Down At The Twist And Shout

Mary Chapin-Carpenter

See the video here:
http://www.singingfool.com/?publishedid=226354

Saturday night and the moon is out
I wanna head on over to the Twist and Shout
Find a two-step partner and a Cajun beat
When it lifts me up I'm gonna find my feet
Out in the middle of a big dance floor
When I hear that fiddle wanna beg for more
Wanna dance to a band from a-Lou'sian' tonight

Well I never have wandered down to New Orleans
Never have drifted down a bayou stream
But I heard that music on the radio
And I swore some day I was gonna go
Down Highway 10 past Lafayette
To Baton Rouge and I won't forget
To send you a card with my regrets
'Cause I'm never gonna come back home

Saturday night and the moon is out
I wanna head on over to the Twist and Shout
Find a two-step partner and a Cajun beat
When it lifts me up I'm gonna find my feet
Out in the middle of a big dance floor
When I hear that fiddle wanna beg for more
Wanna dance to a band from a-Lou'sian' tonight

They got a alligator stew and a crawfish pie
A Gulf storm blowin' into town tonight
Livin on the delta's quite a show
They got hurricane parties every time it blows
But here up north it's a cold cold rain
And there ain't no cure for my blues today
Except when the paper says: Beausoleil is coming into town
Baby let's go down

Saturday night and the moon is out
I wanna head on over to the Twist and Shout
Find a two-step partner and a Cajun beat
When it lifts me up I'm gonna find my feet
Out in the middle of a big dance floor
When I hear that fiddle wanna beg for more
Wanna dance to a band from a-Lou'sian' tonight

Bring your mama, bring your papa, bring your sister too
They got lots of music and lots of room
When they play you a waltz from 1910
You gonna feel a little bit young again
Well you learned to dance with your rock'n'roll
You learned to swing with a do-si-do
But you learn to love at the fais-do-do
When you hear a little Jolie Blon

Saturday night and the moon is out
I wanna head on over to the Twist and Shout
Find a two-step partner and a Cajun beat
When it lifts me up I'm gonna find my feet
Out in the middle of a big dance floor
When I hear that fiddle wanna beg for more
Wanna dance to a band from a-Lou'sian' tonight

2 Comments:

Blogger willowtree said...

I know that do-si-do is a a dance or part of a dance. "But you learn to love at the fais-do-do"
What/where is a fais-do-do? I think I am missing something.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Fais-do-do is a French/Cajun expression meaning, "go to sleep", whispered by mothers to their babies in Arcadiana (French Louisiana) during a Cajun party where there is usually music and dance. Mom wants to be a part of the party, but also wants to make sure first that the babies are OK. So these types of Cajun celebrations eventually became known as "fais-do-dos". The recently deceased Sheriff Harry Lee of New Orleans Jefferson Parrish was famous for throwing some big fais-do-dos as fundraisers for his campaigns, but he borrowed the idea from the Cajun communities of south Louisiana.

Here's a Wikipedia link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Fais_do-do

11:31 PM  

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