The word "fontaine" can refer to a fountain or a natural spring. In this song it's referring to a spring.

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Notes

*There's another version of the last 2 lines:

Et que le rosier même
À la mer fût jeté.


(And that the rosebush
Be thrown into the sea.)


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There's a Quebecoise and a Creole version of this song.

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Thanks also to Tiphaine Woerth for recording this song for Mama Lisa's World.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - À la claire fontaine

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Jade Kite for contributing this song and to Monique Palomares for the midi music and for the photos of the spring in Croatia. Translation by Monique Palomares and Lisa Yannucci.

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