CQ Serenade

CQ Serenade

CQ Serenade words and music by the late Maurice Durieux VE2QS and VE2BR, played by VE2QS and his orchestra, vocal by Joyce Hahn. Produced around 1951.
In the late '50s I had a 45 RPM record with the vocal CQ Serenade on one side and the instrumental version on the other side. At the time, while in college, I worked part time as an engineer at WKLZ, a little 500 watt daytime only AM radio station in Kalamazoo, MI. One of my responsibilities was to go into the station once a month after midnight and put the transmitter back on the air to run a frequency measuring test. I would put on music and announce the station call sign from time to time so that the consultant could find us and mearure our frequency. One night I put CQ Serenade on and played both sides of the record. A few days later when I stopped by the station the chief engineer asked me what I had done the other night. It seems that 10 or 12 QSL cards from hams had arrived from all over the country from that session!

CQ Serenade

CQ Serenade Words and music by VE2BR and VE2QS sung by Joyce Hahn

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Whaddya hear, over the air:
CQ Serenade.

So you don’t know just what it means
Dust your shoes off, shake out your jeans
Get on your feet, jump to the beat
Of CQ Serenade.

CQ - has gone and brought us a new rhythm
That’s swinging all the cats by the ear,
Let’s do ourselves a favour and get with ‘em;
You’ll find you get the message, man you’ll hear it come in loud and clear

Doesn’t matter what words you sing
Just remember the beat’s the thing
Get on the beam, carry the theme
Of CQ Serenade.

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Whaddya hear, over the air:
CQ Serenade.

Amateurs on the radio
Picked it up and then made it grow,
Spread it around, swelling the sound
Of CQ Serenade.

From India a call to the U.S.A.:
I’m reading you, you’re coming through fine;
From Canada to France and the old U.K.
For when it comes to radio the world’s one great big party line

Tune in anywhere on the band
Any corner of any land
Let’s “put it there” right on the air
With CQ Serenade.

Dah-di-dah-dit, dah-dah-di-dah
Makes a fellow feel “lah-dee-dah”
When he unbends, making new friends
With CQ Serenade.

Clap your hands, pal, and tap your feet
Till we all dig the friendly beat,
Till all you hear over the air
Is CQ Serenade.

It really doesn’t matter at all -CQ-
How smooth you make the signals combine;
And anyone can answer the call -CQ-
Just make with the receiver and get on the CQ party line

Take your cue from the radio
Even “beatnicks” go “do dee do”
It’s everywhere, filling the air
That CQ Serenade.

CQ Sérénade

sung by Raymond Girerd

dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
Qu'est-c'on entend en écoutent CQ sérénade

dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
C'est épatant d'entendre souvent CQ sérénade

Les ondes sont remplies d'amateurs de tous pays,
Le monde en est couvert et n'soyez pas surpris
D'entendre ces amateurs qui se comprennent si bien.
Voilà pourquoi ils chantent ce refrain:

dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
On est content quand on entend ce joyeux refrain. CQ sérénade
Que vous soyez russe ou Français,
Américain ou bien Anglais,
C'est la même chose quand on s'appelle: CQ sérénade

On se comprend dans l' monde entier
Sans aucune difficulté,
Dans toutes les langues,
Tout l' monde s' arrange,
C'est le même refrain.

L' amour de la T.S.F. est pour nous sacré,
Il ne faudrait pas essayer de nous l' enl' ver.
Si tous les pays faisaient comme les amateurs,
Ca serait un véritable bonheur.

Si dans le monde tous les gars
Disaient comme nous: dah-dah-dit-dah ,
On s' rait heureux comme des rois,
On n' aurait plus d' tracas.

Plus besoin d' la bombe atomique !
Ca s' rait curieux, ça s' rait comique,
Les présidents, les dictateurs
Chant' raient tous en choeur:

dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah ,
dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah ,
Ah! quel bonheur d' chanter en choeur :
CQ sérénade.



cq_serenade_en.mp3  cq_serenade_fr.mp3 cq_serenade_inst.mp3