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Stephen Smith (arr​.​) - À la claire fontaine

from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love by Cor Flammae

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À la claire fontaine is a traditional Canadian folk song from Quebec, with roots dating back to the rst French settlement in 1604 or earlier. While nightingales are not native to North America, they are common images associated with love and poetry in French folklore and appear as symbols in European and Middle Eastern literature, from Oscar Wilde’s children’s stories to Persian fables.


À la claire fontaine,
M’en allant promener
J’ai trouvé l’eau si belle
Que je m’y suis baigné

Lui ya longtemps que je t’aime
Jamais je ne t’oublierai
Sous les feuilles d’un chêne,
Je me suis fait sécher
Sur la plus haute branche,
Un rossignol chantait

Chante rossignol, chante,
Toi qui as le cœur gai
Tu as le cœur à rire,
Moi je l’ai t’à pleurer

At the clear spring,
As I was strolling by,
I found the water so nice
That I went in to bathe.

It’s so long I’ve been loving you,
That I’ll never forget you.
Under an oak tree, I dried myself.
On the highest branch
A nightingale was singing.

Sing, nightingale, sing,
Your heart is so happy.
Your heart feels like laughing,
Mine feels like weeping.


from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love, released August 9, 2017




Cor Flammae Vancouver, British Columbia

Cor Flammae is Vancouver's summer chorus of classically trained, queer singers, performing queer content. Composed from the ranks of the city's top-flight choral ensembles and singers, the choir seeks to reveal the hidden queer heritage often ignored in the conservative world of classical music. ... more

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