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Paul Simon's zydeco-flavored song That Was Your Mother starts like this:

A long time ago, yeah

Before you was born dude

When I was still single

And life was great ...

At least these are the lyrics that I find online.

The use of "dude" strikes me as unlikely, incongruous, and sort of funny. Anyway, I don't hear "dude", I hear "doo". It seems to fit the song better if that phrase is a Cajun term of endearment. Is there such a term in the Cajun dialect?

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Note that Cajun is indeed a dialect, but of French, in addtion to English. – T.E.D. Oct 27 '11 at 16:02
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The Official Paul Simon Web Site shows "dude" as the correct lyric, with a copyright notice.

That said, "Doo" was used as a pet name in the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter", but that was a shortened version of the character's name, Doolittle.

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Thanks. It's not the first time I've invented a convoluted explanation that turned out to be completely bogus. – Byron Schmuland Aug 22 '11 at 18:31
You're hardly the first. – Malvolio Aug 22 '11 at 18:42
@Byron BTW, when you mishear a lyric from a song, its called Mondegreen. – Phonics The Hedgehog Aug 22 '11 at 19:45

A "doo" or a "faydoo" is Cajun for "party".

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Doo (with the long o sound) can be used to tell your children to go to sleep. "Go doo doo now." But boo (with the ew sound) is used as a term of endearment.

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That makes a lot more sense to me, in terms of the song. I couldn't understand why he was using California surfer's slang in a tender song to his son: Dude! – Byron Schmuland Apr 4 '12 at 12:38

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