Jambalaya chords & lyrics

by The Carpenters

  • Jambalaya was written by country singer, Hank Williams - recorded and released in 1952.
  • The song was recorded by The Carpenters in 1973 on the album Now & Then, and later released as a single outside of the U.S. in 1974.
  • Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 time at approx. 98 bpm
  • Chords: G, D
  • Easy 2 chord song: - ideal for beginners.
  • Please Note: We have used the original lyrics. You will notice slight variations in this version which tends to happen when a female sings a song written by a male.

Jambalaya by The Carpenters

Intro: 4/4          
   🎜 |  G  |  D  |  D  |  G  |  G  |

             G                       D
1. Good-bye Joe, me got-ta go, me-oh my-oh
                                            G
   Me got-ta go pole the pi-rogue down the bay-ou
                                         D
   My Y-vonne, the sweet-est one, me oh my-oh
                                            G
   Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou
   
                          G                  D
2. Thi-bo-daux, Fon-tain-eaux, the place is buz-zin'
                                        G
   Kin-folk come to see Y-vonne by the doz-en 
                                          D
   Dress in style, and go hog wild, me-oh my-oh
                                            G
   Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou

               G                                      D
Chorus: Jam-ba-la-ya, and a craw-fish pie and fillet gum-bo
                                              G
        For to-night I'm gon-na see my cher-a-mi-o
                  G                          D
        Pick gui-tar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
                                                 G
        Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou
  
 
Instr: Verse (Flute Solo)

            G                            D
3. Set-tle down, far from town, get me a pi-rogue
                                       G
   And I'll catch all the fish in the bay-ou 
                                         D
   Swap my mon, to buy Y-vonne what she need-o
                                            G
   Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou

               G                                      D
Chorus: Jam-ba-la-ya, and a craw-fish pie and fillet gum-bo
                                                G
       'Cause to-night I'm gon-na see my cher-a-mi-o
                  G                          D
        Pick gui-tar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
                                                 G
        Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou


Instr: Verse (Guitar Solo)

               G                                      D
Chorus: Jam-ba-la-ya, and a craw-fish pie and fillet gum-bo
                                                G
       'Cause to-night I'm gon-na see my cher-a-mi-o
                  G                          D
        Pick gui-tar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
                                                 G
        Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou
        
               G                                      D
Chorus: Jam-ba-la-ya, and a craw-fish pie and fillet gum-bo
                                                G
       'Cause to-night I'm gon-na see my cher-a-mi-o
                  G                          D
        Pick gui-tar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
                                                 G
        Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou
        
               G                                      D
Chorus: Jam-ba-la-ya, and a craw-fish pie and fillet gum-bo
                                                G
       'Cause to-night I'm gon-na see my cher-a-mi-o
                  G                          D
        Pick gui-tar, fill fruit jar and be gay-o
                                                 G    |  D  | D / / G |
        Son of a gun, we'll have big fun on the bay-ou    

References:
  • Jambalaya: a Creole dish made of shrimps, ham, rice, onions, etc.
  • Pirogue: a canoe made of a hollowed tree trunk.
  • Bayou: a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana).
  • Crawfish: Variant of crayfish.
  • Thibodaux: a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States.
  • Fontaineaux (Fontainebleau): a neighbourhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
  • Gumbo: dish in the state of Louisiana originating in the 18th century - consisting of: stock, roux, okra, filé powder, meat and/or shellfish, celery, onions, bell peppers.
  • Cher Ami - Dear Friend

G Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternate chord voicing

Right-Handed Chords
           G                  D 
    e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|-2-|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|-1-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3

Left-Handed Chords 
          G                  D
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|-2-|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A
    |-2-|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
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