Charley Pride performs “Piroque Joe”On Hee Haw 1970.

Was recorded by Charley Pride in May 1970, for the label RCA, with the production of Jack Clement. The song would be included on the album, From to you (RCA 1970), the album would reach the position number two of the country lists and was certified gold record.

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Pirogue Joe:

Lp cover Charley Pride ( RCA 1970 )
Lp cover Charley Pride ( RCA 1970 )

Song written by Roy Botkin, was recorded by Charley Pride in May 1970, for the label RCA, with the production of Jack Clement. The song would be included on the album, From to you (RCA 1970), the album would reach the position number two of the country lists and was certified gold record.
About the pirogues :

The Pirogues in the United States are particularly associated with the swamps of the Louisiana marsh. The first canoes of Cajun were canoes of cypresses, but nowadays they are usually flat bottom boats. The pirogues do not usually go to night trips, but they are light enough and small enough to be easily taken to land. The design also allows the canoe to move through the very shallow waters of the marshlands and turn easily to drain any water that may enter the boat. A kayak has “hard weights”, which means that instead of a smooth curve from the boards to the keel, there is often a flat bottom that meets the plane on the side.



Pirogues in country music:

In his classic song of 1952, “Jambalaya”, Hank Williams refers to the pirogue of the line “I have to go to the pirogue through the swamp”. Johnny Horton, an avid fisherman from Louisiana who celebrated the customs and culture of Cajun, also mentions pirogues in his 1956 song “I Got a Hole in My Pirogue.” Hank Williams, Jr. (son of country music legend Hank Williams) had a hit song in 1969, “Cajun Baby,” which refers to the pirogue on the “ride in my old dugout” line.

The success of Doug Kershaw in 1961, “Louisiana Man” includes the line “..the jump in his dugout to the swamp”

Versions :

Charley Pride 1970 ( RCA )
Susan McCann & The Storytellers 1977 ( Top Spin )





Charley Pride – Piroque Joe lyrics

Down in Louisiana where the bayou blows
Lives a little man called Pirogue Joe
He wears a red shirt and a pole cat cap
And when he walks his gum boots flip flop flap

He’s got a puppet on a string and a trick yo-yo
And a pup in his pocket called Tee Me Moe
He puts on a show everywhere he goes
That’s why they love little Pirogue Joe

He’s fast as a lightening quick as a cat
He can out run the best musk rat
He can make a pirogue go go go
That’s why they call him Pirogue Joe

He’s a happy go lucky son of a gun
He always has a lot of fun
He laughs and jokes everywhere he goes
That’s why they love little Pirogue Joe

He’s got a spot where he likes to go
The girls all dance with Pirogue Joe
He swings them high to a doe si doe
Down where they do the fain doe doe

Eats po’boy shrimp drinks strawberry wine
Dance all night have a good time
They all keep time to the fiddler’s bow
That’s why they love little Pirogue Joe

Single Charley Pride ( RCA 1970 )
Single Charley Pride ( RCA 1970 )

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