Song Help Request Other than waltzes, are Cajun tunes always in 2/4 time?

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For this week’s SOTU, I’m working through a chord melody version of Tim O’Brien’s “Kelly Joe’s Shoes”, transposed from the Key of E to C. The tune is extremely fun.

I’m comfortable with tempo, chord progression and lyrics but the beat (time signature) is throwing me off. Tim plays it in a very Cajun way, and the recording includes an accordion.

Is it reasonable to assume that 2/4 is the proper time signature?
 
It may be "cut" time, which to me seems like 2/4. You only count 2, where each "beat" gets 2 quarter notes.

Is the time signature a "C" with a verticle line through it? That would indicate cut time.
 
Yes, 2/4 is a typical time signature for Cajun music (if it’s not a waltz). Zydeco music tends to be 4/4.
 
It may be "cut" time, which to me seems like 2/4. You only count 2, where each "beat" gets 2 quarter notes.

Is the time signature a "C" with a verticle line through it? That would indicate cut time.
No idea. This is all I’ve been able to find & is what I referred to when transposing to C.
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Here’s a YT link for the professional version. I’m guessing it was a tribute to songwriter Kelly Joe Phelps but may be off base on that.
Kelly Joe's Shoes https://g.co/kgs/d3gPrVN
 
I hear that as counting: | 1-2 | 1-2 | 1-2 | 1-2 | 1-2| where each is a 2-count measure.
Another way to hear it is: | 1& - 2& | 1& - 2& | 1& - 2& | 1& - 2&| each, with the &s being the backbeat (2/4)

This is the same but with a bluegrassy feel:

 
I transposed Tim's original Cajon version into C for you, and then played it in 4/4 @ 178 bpm. It's a catchy tune. I like it. Good pick.

C C C GC
C C C GC
G G F GC
G G F GC
C
Am Am C GC
Am Am C GC
C GC
C GC

Here's my transposed version.

View attachment Nadie - Kelly Joes shoes 2024-06-05 17_41.m4a

I'm looking forward to hearing your version this Season.
 
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Going with Tim's original version, I transposed it into C for you, and played it in 4/4 @ 178 bpm. It's a catchy tune. You'll hear me singing it in some SOTU (but not the current Season, out of respect), and I'll probably play melodica too, as a substitute for the squeeze box.

Looking forward to hearing your version this Season.

C C C GC
C C C GC
G G F GC
G G F GC
Am Am C GC
Am Am C GC
C GC

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Thank you! Tim gets in the ballpark of yodeling which is fun.
 
Thanks, all. When I get the timing right, I’d like to collaborate with accordion, guitar, bass uke & French harp. (Not for this week’s SOTU since time is so short)
 
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I transposed Tim's original Cajon version into C for you, and then played it in 4/4 @ 178 bpm. It's a catchy tune. I like it. Good pick.

C C C GC
C C C GC
G G F GC
G G F GC
C
Am Am C GC
Am Am C GC
C GC
C GC

Here's my transposed version.

View attachment 175213

I'm looking forward to hearing your version this Season.
Thank you again! As often happens, I “assumed” the chorus went to F because 1st position Am and F have the same A note on the G string, thus stumbled into something close, but not correct…
View attachment KLS uke only.m4a
 
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Thank you again! As often happens, I “assumed” the chorus went to F because 1st position Am and F have the same A note on the G string, thus stumbled into something close, but not correct…
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That was really good!

BTW, Sautee Nacoochee is just up the road from you. We have danced there. Great fun!
 
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