Ziguezon

Image result for red knee bootsWe danced this great dance choreographed by Marina Bear when Brigitte Evering was with us last week in Vancouver. I loved how Brigitte included some cues for us visual learners, like imagining we had over the knee red boots for this one!

This is a folk song from Quebec arranged by La Bottine souriante which seems to mean “smiling boot”.

There’s even a show company called La Bottine souriante.

I agree with BO3gamer who says, “Fucking bonne chanson!”

I got curious, as I do, about the words. My high school/University French was mainly reading and writing not speaking and hearing. (And when I travelled I learned how to order beer and disposable diapers–but that’s another story.)

Here is a translation to English: (It seems La ziguezon zin aon is not translatable. Perhaps just nonsense syllables.)

Going to the fountain to catch some fish
La ziguezon zin zon
The fountain is deep
Pours me to the bottom

Refrain:
Ziguezon zin zon, Girl on top
Girl in bottom, girl girl girl-woman
Woman, woman, woman, also worse
Bottine-tine-tine le rigolet ha ha
His little door key is rusted, rusted
His little door key is merrily rusted
The fountain is deep
Pours me to the bottom
Passing by here
Three cavalier barons

Refrain
Three cavalier barons
Three cavalier barons
Who gave to me your beauty
If I lose you

Refrain

Who gave to me your beauty
If I take you to the bottom
Row, row she said
After that we shall see

Refrain

Row, row she said
After that we shall see
When the beautiful one comes to shore
And runs away from the house

Refrain

When the beautiful one comes to shore
And runs away from the house
To try at the window
Write a song

Refrain

To try at the window
Write a Song
My small heart is given
Not for a baron

Refrain

My small heart is given
Not for a baron
But for a soldier
With a beard

Refrain

From reading up, it seems to have to do with a fisherman who has lost his heart to a girl who might be more interested in one of the soldiers… the one with the beard.

Here’s a video with photos of young women/girls. From a quick look I think they did this for a drama or arts class at school. It’s sweet!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbV3csJPcOI

 

And here’s a Karaoke Version.

 

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