• Andrew Starr

Becki Short - Les chansons françaises

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December 3rd 2018.

A seasonal and very traditional French song, sung by British singer Annie Lennox, from her 2010 album - 'A Christmas Cornucopia'. The song dates from the 1860s so would have been well established during the 1940s etc. It is still sung today.... It reminds me much of our 'Away in a manger' as it do often sung by little choirs of children.

Here are the written lyrics

February 28th 2018

So a couple of challenges for you...

Here are the lyrics to the two songs I selected from the 40s in France. There are no doubt many more, but let's see how these two go.

In the above document I have highlighted the letter 'e' from time to time.

This is because in French poetry and song lyrics, there is a tendency by some to overpronounce this letter. Something very French in their poetry and song. This letter is not nomally stressed in everyday speech. In the recordings I made I have stressed the 'e' as one would when reading the song lyrics...

Charles Trenet - Douce France (1943)

Spoken Recording of Lyrics

Edith Piaf - Mon Légionnaire (1942)

Spoken Recording of Lyrics


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