This song probably goes back to the 18th century. It was exported from France (originally called La Rose au boué) to Canada where it experienced the usual folk process of change.

If the line, "la destinée, la rose au bois" once meant anything beyond the words themselves, the meaning has long been lost…


*Balayer = to sweep

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - La rose au bois

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for contributing and translating this song.

Merci beaucoup !