Acadian Boatmen’s Song


This song is a “relic of the Acadian period in Louisiana.” (source)

Lyrics - French

(Folk song)

Les marenquins nous piquent,
II faut pagayer,
L’on ne passe sa vie,
Toujours en pagayant.
Pagaie, pagaie, pagaie, mon enfant.

English Translation

The mosquitos sting us,
We must paddle,
One’s life is not all passed
in paddling
Paddle, paddle, paddle, my boy.

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

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