Sur le Pont d'Avignon

On y danse, on y danse

Sur le Pont d'Avignon

On y danse tous en rond.


On the bridge of Avignon

One dances on it, one dances on it

On the bridge of Avignon

One dances on it in circles.


Les beaux messieurs font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça.


The fine gentlemen go like this (bow)

And then again like this.


Les belles dames font comme ça

Et puis encore comme ça.


The beautiful ladies go like this (curtsy)

And then again like that.


Les écoliers font comme ca

Et puis encore comme ca.


School children do like this (bow)

And then again like that.

SUR LE PONT D’AVIGNON

Here is a picture of the bridge in the city of Pont St-Bénézet that inspired the song.

 

Image: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

Henk Monster (2014) as available from Wikipedia.


In the 13th century 22 arches were constructed across the river Rhône.

Frequent floods caused collapse, and now only 4 arches survive.

 

The scrolling lyrics are placed under the fourth arch as background. In the 15th century it is believed the dance actually took place under the bridge.

The karaoke file used for creation of the video is labelled Public Domain.

Verses and chorus are linked with short and jazzy instrumental sections. Lyrics in French and English are as presented above. Some ideas for song actions are given with the lyrics and a summary is also presented below.

  

Credits: anonymous MIDI file “Sur-le-pont-davignon-Traditionnel_”

Here is a picture of "La Boulangère", sheet music with illustration from a French children's book Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements (Old Songs for Small Children with Accompaniments).


Public Domain image from Wikipedia.


The MIDI file (2019) created by Rabanus Flavus,

melody settings by Peter Gerloff, from Wikipedia.

Here is a picture of Sur Le Pont D’Avignon on Y Danse on Y Danse.

 

Public Domain image by Walter Crane, as available from Wikipedia.


A suggested summary of song actions:

Start with dance partner pairs and dance around each other.

After the chorus stop in front of your partner, the boy bows the first time and the second time. Hats could also be used.

After the next chorus the girl curtsies to one side then the other.

 During the final chorus, bow and curtsy to the audience.


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