This song originated in Western France in La Rochelle, a port on the Atlantic coast. It's also known by the title "M'en revenant de la jolie Rochelle".

There's an English version of this song called Pull On the Oars.

This is a Voyageur Song. The Voyageurs were French-Canadian indentured servants who were involved in the fur trade, transporting fur by canoe.


*The Upper Country, (Le Pays d'en Haut in French) was a vast territory west of Montreal including the Great Lakes and wherever the French explored in Canada.

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