Songs the Professor finds of particular merit both lyrically and pedagogically. Most songs include a bit of factology, a link to an online recording, some grammatical notes, the French lyrics, and an English translation.
Il était un petit navire
Empêche-les de me manger!
The best of all children’s songs, full of drama, pathos, piety, humor, and with a rousing rhythm. On top of all which, it is neverending.
À la claire fontaine
Je voudrais que la rose fût encore au rosier
A stroll to a favorite bathing spot turns into a lament for lost love and a meditation on what-might-have-been. With a haunting melody.