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Thread #27646   Message #339697
Posted By: Dave the Gnome
13-Nov-00 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Roullez!
Subject: Roullez!
Has anyone come across an English translation for the French shanty (or should I say Chantey?) "Roullez"

'scuse the poor French spelling but first bit is
A la Rochelle est arrive
Roullez, junne jeanne, roullez

Rough translation, I believe,
"We have arrived at La Rochelle"
Roll-up, young folk, roll-up

I have to give up there in case I offend to many of our French speaking collegues!!!

Anyway - If so has anyone made a translation of it for singing - Not a literal translation that is but one with the meter and scan of a singable shanty.

It is a cracking good shanty tune and there is loads of chorus, as you may expect, but my limited language capability makes it beyond my scope in it's original tongue!

Dave the Gnome

I guess if looked for the words on the Paris underground I would be...

Dave the MetroGnome ... (yuk)