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.
A “spinning” song of a different kind (i.e., it has nothing to do with spinning thread). A good song for increasing your monastic vocabulary.
The arch-typical traditional French song, recounting the nocturnal adventures of Pierrot, Lubin, and an unnamed third person.
A delightful song celebrating marital fidelity, whilst obliquely commemorating Louis XIV’s bloody campaign to extend France’s northern boundary.
A Christmas carol that allows antiphonal singing, of a sort. It tells you everything you need to know about what happened at the Nativity.
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.
This song is now relegated to children, but its matter is far from exemplary: misbehavior on the part of cats, shepherdesses, and clergy.
Why waste time on the usual boring French Christmas carols, when there are weird ones like la Marche des rois waiting to be learned?
A mountain song that may put you in mind of Rousseau’s star-crossed Alpine lovers. My version of the melody is especially good if you like to yodel.
A sad sea song with a soothing melody. Began as French but now is widely known in French-speaking Canada as well.