C'est l'aviron

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"Folksongs of Quebec"

|: M'en revenant de la jolie Rochelle, :|
J'ai rencontré trois jolies demoiselles.

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|: C'est l'aviron qui nous mène, qui nous mène,
C'est l'aviron qui nous mène en haut. :|

2. |: J'ai rencontré trois jolies demoiselles; :|
J'ai point choisi, mais j'ai pris la plus belle.
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3. |: J'ai point choisi, mais j'ai pris la plus belle; :|
J'l'y fis monter derrièr' moi, sur ma selle.
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4. |: J'l'y fis monter derrièr' moi, sur ma selle; :|
J'y fis cent lieues sans parler avec elle.
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5. |: J'y fis cent lieues sans parler avec elle; :|
Au bout d'cent lieues, ell' me d'mandit à boire.
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6. |: Au bout d'cent lieues, ell' me d'mandit à boire; :|
Je l'ai menée auprès d'une fontaine.
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7. |: Je l'ai menée auprès d'une fontaine; :|
Quand ell' fut là, ell' ne voulut point boire.
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8. |: Quand ell' fut là, ell' ne voulut point boire; :|
Je l'ai menée au logis de son père.
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9. |: Je l'ai menée au logis de son père; :|
Quand ell' fut là, ell' buvait à pleins verres.
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10. |: Quand ell' fut là, ell' buvait à pleins verres; :|
A la santé de son père et sa mère.
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11. |: A la santé de son père et sa mère; :|
A la santé de ses soeurs et ses frères.
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12. |: A la santé de ses soeurs et ses frères; :|
A la santé d'celui que son coeur aime.
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English verses similar to E. F. Fowke

1. |: Riding along the road from Rochelle city, :|
I met three girls and all of them were pretty.

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|: Pull on the oars as we glide along together, :|
Pull on the oars as we glide along.

2. |: I met three girls and all of them were pretty; :|
By chance I chose the one who was the beauty.
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3. |: By chance I chose the one who was the beauty; :|
Lifted her up so she could ride beside me.
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4. |: Lifted her up so she could ride beside me; :|
With ne'er a word we rode along together.
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5. |: With ne'er a word we rode along together; :|
After a while, she said "I would like a drink, sir."
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6. |: After a while, she said "I would like a drink, sir." :|
Quickly I found a spring from out the mountain.
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7. |: Quickly I found a spring from out the mountain; :|
But she'd not drink the water from the fountain.
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8. |: But she'd not drink the water from the fountain; :|
So, on we rode, to find her home and father.
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9. |: So, on we rode, to find her home and father; :|
When we got there she drank, but not of water.
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10. |: When we got there she drank, but not of water; :|
She toasted her father and her dear old mother.
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11. |: She toasted her father and her dear old mother; :|
Toasted again her sister and her brother.
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12. |: She toasted again her sister and her brother; :|
Turning to me, she toasted her own lover.
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