Haricots Sont Pas Sales (Les)

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HARICOTS SONT PAS SALES, LES (The Snapbeans aren't Salted). Cajun (Zydeco), Two-Step. USA, Louisiana. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABA(Vocal)CDEF(Vocal)A. Raymond Francois (1990) notes green snapbeans are very bland and need to be salted to be palatable. The song gave its name to Zydeco music, the hybrid of Cajun and Rhythm and Blues music, as 'zydeco' is a phonetic spelling of 'les haricots'. Related songs include "Huppes Taiauts (Les)" and Clifton Chernier's "Zydeco est Pas Sale."

Source for notated version: Aldus Roger (La.) [Francois].

Printed sources: Francois (Yé Yaille Chère!), 1990; pp. 160-162.

Recorded sources: Arhoolie CD445, Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin with Canray Fontenot - "La Musique Creole." La Louisiane Records LL-LP114, Aldus Roger. Rounder CD0364, Tracey Shwarz - "The Marimac Anthology: Deep in Old-Time Music."




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