Sur le Pont d'Avignon
DESCRIPTION: French round: "Sur le pont d'Avignon, L'on y danse, l'on y danse." "On the bridge at Avignon, see them dance, see them dance." The song tells how men, women, and soldiers bow and dance
EARLIEST DATE: 1846 (Du Mersan, "Chansons et Rondes Enfantines")
KEYWORDS: dancing nonballad
FOUND IN: France
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Silber-FSWB, p. 390, "Sur Le Pont D'Avignon (On The Bridge At Avignon)" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 539-540, "Sur le Pont d'Avignon"
NOTES: One of the best-known songs in all of France. The great bridge on the Rhone was finished in 1185. The need to carry larger ships has resulted in much of the span being torn down, but a portion still stands (sticking out into the middle of nowhere), mostly as a tourist attraction. - RBW
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