Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame

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About the Song

Ain’t That a Shame: A Heartbreakin’ Ballad with a New Orleans Beat
Settle in, friends, and let’s rewind to a time when doo-wop dripped from the airwaves and rhythm and blues ruled the juke joints. Back in 1955, a jovial giant named Fats Domino strode onto the scene with a song that tugged at heartstrings and tapped your toes all at once. That song, of course, was “Ain’t That a Shame”, a timeless tale of love lost that’s as potent today as it was all those years ago.

Now, some might say “Ain’t That a Shame” is just another blues ballad. But hold on a minute, sugar! This ain’t your grandpa’s slow-burn sob story. Fats Domino, bless his soul, took that heartbreak and dipped it in the gumbo pot of New Orleans. He poured in a heaping spoonful of boogie-woogie rhythm, a pinch of playful piano, and a whole lot of that signature Domino charm. The result? A bittersweet melody that makes you wanna cry and dance at the same time.

The song starts off e asy, like a summer breeze swaverin’ through the honeysuckle. Fats’ voice, smooth as honey with a hint of grit, tells the story of a love gone sour. The girl, she said goodbye, and now his tears fall like rain. But here’s the thing, folks: even in the midst of his misery, Fats can’t help but find a little groove. The piano kicks in, a playful counterpoint to his heartache. The drums shuffle, the bass walks, and suddenly, you’re tappin’ your feet and hummin’ along.


“Ain’t That a Shame” isn’t just about heartbreak, it’s about resilience. It’s about pickin’ yourself up, dustin’ yourself off, and findin’ a way to keep on movin’. It’s a reminder that even when life throws you a curveball, there’s always a reason to sing, to dance, to find joy in the little things. So, crank up the volume, let Fats Domino wash over you, and let that New Orleans beat mend your broken heart, one foot-stompin’ note at a time. You might just find yourself sayin’, “Ain’t that a shame? But ain’t it grand!”


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