Pole the Pirogue: Exploring the Meaning of the Cajun Classic, “Jambalaya”

When it comes to Cajun classics, there’s one song that stands out among the rest: “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” This upbeat tune has been covered by countless artists over the years, from Brenda Lee to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. But what does the phrase “pole the pirogue” actually mean? And what made this tune … Read more