Canadien Errant (Un)
X:1 T:Un Canadien errant M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Waltz K:C c2e2c2 | G4c2 | (e6 | e6) | e2d2e2 | f4 e2 | (d6 | d6) :| d2d2d2 | e4 f2 | (g6 | g6) | d2e2f2 | e4d2 | c6 | c6 | c2c2c2 | a4g2 | g6 | g6 | d2e2f2 | e4d2 | (c6 | c6) ||
CANADIEN ERRANT, UN. French-Canadian, Air and Waltz. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The melody is based on an old folk melody from France, usually sung to a song called "Si tu te mets anguille." The Canadian lyrics were written in 1842 by a student, M.A. Gerin-Lajoie, an expatriot who had fled the revolt of 1837-38 in France, but who later became one of Canada's greatest writers. His lyrics go:
Un Canadien errant, banni de ses foyers,
Par courait en pleurant, de pays etrangers.
(From Canada he comes, exiled he comes alone,
In foreign lands to roam, heart broken far from home.)