T: Si Le Roi M'avait Donné
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|: gf ef | gf e>f | gf ed | cB A>G |
FA A/A/A/A/ | BA A>c | d>e fe |1 dc d>f :|2 dc d>A ||
There is 1 recording of this tune.
Si Le Roi M'avait Donné has been added to 1 tunebook.
This is the second polka (labelled "No Name") of track 13 of "The Tap Room Trio" album by Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith and John Blake. It always sounded familiar to me when listening to this recording, but I couldn’t pinpoint why. However, yesterday a friend of mine pointed out that it sounded like a version of the 18th century Swedish song "Solen glimmar blank och trind" by Carl Michael Bellman. I knew that Bellman borrowed the music for most of his poems from tunes that were more or less well known at the time, so I started looking around and found that this is a French song called "Si le roi m’avait donné". The melody was apparently composed by the Frenche renaissance composer Eustache Du Caurroy (1549-1609), who was master of music at the royal court. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eustache_Du_Caurroy (The words for the song however were written by Antoine de Bourbon, king of Navarra.)
The liner notes for the Tap Room Trio album say they got the tune from a recording of the Flanagan brothers.
So a 16th century French song landed as a polka recorded by the Flanagan brothers!
Here’s the song sung by Georges Brassens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1x2uTwRKkI
Remember the tune used for a song presented in BBC school radio broadcast series " Singing Together" some time in the 1960s UK! " Lazy sheep pray tell me why, in the pleasant fields you lie…..etc" Makes a good polka. Have to start using it.