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French Song and Round

Vocal - Shelley Ambury

Learnt from Marianne Tertrais

Recording used with kind permission from Vocal Union

Popular Christmas melody with simple words for childrens' circle dance, with actions. The children tap their feet, clap hands, nod heads. Between the verse is a La la la.. chorus that can be sung after the first section, creating simple two part harmony. A poetic translation to English is provided - one that fits the melody.  Visit the Vocal Union website for the literal translation, music score, ideas for singing in parts and with actions. Résonance Musicale has a lively ‘Francheville’ recording of the song, available as vocal and instrumental MP3 download.

Another Vocal Union Round is ‘I Heard a Bird Sing’ by Dave Camlin.