Dani Atkinson sent me this song with the note: "I spent several years in Quebec as a kid. While I was there, somebody gave me a picture book and an accompanying tape of French/French-Canadian folk songs. Both book and tape have since disappeared, but I remember some of the tunes, and I recently hunted up the lyrics to refresh them in my mind.

This one was my favourite. Apparently it's Acadian, over three hundred years old. There are several gazillion variations; I've pieced together the one I remember."

Notes

Dani said, "I don't swear to the accuracy of my translation, Quebec and French class were a while ago. ^_^;"

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According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, folklorist Ernest Gagnon thought the lyrics to the chorus and the tune of "V'la l' bon vent" were Canadian. The theme of the three ducks came from France in the 17th century, but nobody knows for sure whether the verses came from France or were written in Canada.

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Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for singing this song for Mama Lisa's World.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Dani Atkinson for contributing and translating this song. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for help with the translation and for the midi tune.

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