Sur le Pont d’Avignon


“Sur le Pont d’Avignon” is a French song about the Pont d’Avignon (officially Pont St. Bénézet, it is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France) that dates back to the 15th century. (source)

Lyrics - French

(French folk song)

Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse, on y danse,
Sur le pont d’Avignon, on y danse tout en rond.

1. Les mes-sieurs font comme ci, et puis en-core comme ça. Refrain
2. Les dames…
3. Les bébés…
4. Les soldats…
5. Les professeurs…
6. Les élèves…

English Translation - On the bridge of Avignon

On the bridge of Avignon the people dance
On the bridge of Avignon the people dance in a circle.

1. The gentlemen go like this, and again like that.
2. The ladies…
3. The babies…
4. The soldiers…
5. The teachers…
6. The students…


  1. It starts out with everyone in pairs and they dance around each other.
  2. When the chorus is done stop in front of your partner and traditionally the male will bow on the first part then tip their hat on the second.
  3. When the chorus begins again repeat step one.
  4. When this stops so does the dance and then the girl curtsies to one side then the other.
  5. For the first part, repeat step one and then if you have an audience turn on your heel and bow to them. (source)

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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