Pique la baleine lyrics (FR/EN)

Pique la baleine

History and lyrics

Pique la baleine is a northern French chanty.

As mainlynorfolk.info report "The French chantey Pique la Baleine, like many of the English songs, is found in several quite different versions. If my recollection is correct I first heard this version from William Pint and Felicia Dale. It is printed (and recorded) in Marc Robine's Anthologie de la chanson française, where we also found the rowing song Hourra les Filles, a cheer for the ladies of the port".




Painting showing the smashing of the ship Essex by a whale


My favorite version of this chanty is from a Russian band called "Otava Yo" (="Отава Ё").
Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1d1Fpg-sFE


En Français

Pour retrouver ma douce amie, (appel)
Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là. (réponse)
Pour retrouver ma douce amie, (appel)
Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là. (réponse)

Chorus
Pique la baleine, joli baleinier
Pique la baleine, je veux naviguer.

Aux mille mers j'ai navigué.

Des mers du nord aux mers du sud

Je l'ai retrouvée quand j'm'ai noyé.

Dans les grands fonds, elle m'espérait.

Tous deux ensemble on a pleuré.

En couple à elle j'm'suis couché.




In English

To find my sweet love again, (call)
Oh my boys, oh la la, (response)
To find my sweet love again, (call)
Oh my boys, oh la la, (response)

Chorus
Lance the whale, jolly whalerman,
You lance the whale, I will steer.

I have sailed a thousand seas.

From the northern seas to the southern.

I found her again when I drowned.

In the deeps, she was longing for me.

Together we cried.

In her embrace, I lay down.


Source: Mainly Norfolk, mainlynorfolk.info

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