Sunday, July 22, 2007
Great Quebec Song!
This group is from Quebec. As some of you know, I'm a huge fan of Quebec. My dear husband is a native of Montreal and we visit there often. Here is a more detailed description of this group from the combox over at The Crescat:
Here is a blurb about the band from good ol' wikipedia:
Mes Aïeux (My ancestors) is a French-Canadian folk music group, founded in 1996.
Although they are labeled as leaders of the "neo-traditional" movement in Quebec, they frequently use subjects and characters from traditional Quebecois folklore (the devil, the chasse-galerie, the shepherdess, the coureur des bois, drinking songs, etc.) in order to approach modern themes with a sense of humor.
An alternate translation of the lyrics, sharpened slightly from the ones I posted on Mary Kochan's Catholicexchange.com blog:
Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen enfants/
Your great-grandmother, had near the same amount/
Your grandmother had three, and found that sufficient/
Your mother just had you, and you were an accident/
And as for you, my girl, you go from man to man/
And when things go wrong, you have an abortion/
Sometimes you wake in tears, in the early light of dawn/
On nights you'd dreamt of your home, packed full with your children....