My family and I visited the town of Avignon in France and took this photo of the Bridge of Avignon. Warning: If you visit there you won't be able to get the tune of this song out of your head for weeks!

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Notes

*This line can be found as either "tout en rond" or "tous en rond".
"Tout en rond" means something like "in a circle". It sounds as if it's insisting on the fact that it's in a circle.
"Tous en rond" means "all in a circle". It means that everybody should dance on a circle.

Game Instructions

Children dance in a circle while singing the chorus. On the first verse, the dance stops and the children bow and pretend to raise their hats. On the second verse, the children curtsey first on one side and then on the other.

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Comments

Monique wrote: "There are usually 2 verses to Sur le pont d'Avignon: one about the gentlemen and the other about the ladies. In some versions, there's a verse about the shoemakers, and in other versions, there's quite a lot of people!

I found the following people in my French song books, and online..."

Les cordonniers (shoemakers) font comme ça...
Les blanchisseuses (laundresses) font comme ça...
Les musiciens (musicians) font comme ça...
Les soldats (the soldiers) font comme ça...
Les jardiniers (gardeners) font comme ça...
Les vignerons (grape growers) font comme ça...
Les couturiers (dressmakers) font comme ça...

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Le pont d'Avignon is also called Pont Saint-Bénezet.

The tune to this song was in print as far back as 1853. The full song has been around in its current form since 1876.

Come visit Mama Lisa's World Blog to read more about the Bridge of Avignon and to see more photos.

Listen

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Many thanks to Edit' Dupont for singing this song for us!

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MP3: Monique Palomares

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Sur le pont d'Avignon

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music for this song.

The 1st illustration comes from The Baby's Bouquet, A Fresh Bunch of Rhymes and Tunes by Walter Crane (1878). The 2nd illustration is from Chansons et rondes enfantines (1871) with a little graphical editing by Lisa Yannucci.

Merci beaucoup!

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