Grand Coureur, Le

DESCRIPTION: French shanty. Verses tell of the Corsair, which sets out from L'Orient to hunt the English. She runs into bad weather, bad Englishmen, bad food. Finally sinks and the crew save themselves by floating on various unfloatable objects (guns, anchors, etc)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Hayet _Chansons de bord_)
LONG DESCRIPTION: French shanty. Verses tell of the Corsair, which sets out from L'Orient to hunt the English. She runs into bad weather, bad Englishmen, bad food. Finally sinks and the crew save themselves by floating on various unfloatable objects (guns, anchors, etc). Chorus: "Allons le gars, gai, gai! Allons les gars gaiment! / Let's go, lads, cheerily, cheerily, Let's go lads, so gaily!"
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage shanty ship wreck
FOUND IN: France
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hugill, pp. 422-424, "Le Grand Coureur" (2 texts-French & English, 1 tune)
File: Hugi422

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