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Ti na na

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 21, 2010 at 18:41

In Reply to: Ti na na posted by Lloyd Formby on March 20, 2010 at 16:09:

: What is the meaning of the phrase 'Ti na na' as it is heard in New Orleans music & lyrics ie: "Tipitina little mama wants a dollar to try her ti na na" sung by Professor Longhair?

The phrase is used as a song refrain in a piece recorded by Wang Chung, a British band that used that name in the early 1980s. Apparently Jack Hues wrote the lyrics. What the connection is with Cajun music and culture I don't know, but Clifton Chenier, a Cajun musician, recorded a song, "Ti na na." To judge from the lyrics that you have quoted, it must mean a little more than just a song refrain.