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Artemis
Courtesy of Marc, who posted it at the French forum
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Marc
This document comes directly from the Bourgeois family.

Not easy to translate, some of the words are argot.
thegreenimp
Any chance it was recorded on an Edison cylinder?

Provenance
QUOTE(Marc @ Jun 29 2012, 11:24 AM) *
Not easy to translate

That's why FV keeps linguists on staff.
Patlow
Very cool!
Tibro
Didn't the Sex Pistols do a cover of this?
Jaded Prole
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That's why FV keeps linguists on staff.


And we got Jack . . .
Artemis
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I'm going to post a translation, but I'm glad Marc already mentioned the difficulty. There's a lot of French in it that's non-standard, to put it mildly.
Jack Batemaster
C'est comme la chouette ! Ou peut-être que : Comme c'est la chouette !
Artemis
Rough and dirty, with some guessing and some artistic license:

In Pontarlier, charming country,
Very close to the border,
Is made something excellent
That they drink from full glasses
This soft nectar is matchless
It makes you gay,
It makes your face bright red,
And makes you sing:
The best of the Absinthes
Is truly Absinthe Bourgeois.

So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It puts joy in your heart.
Ah!
So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It's finger-licking good.

Absinthe Bourgeois, this is well-known,
Is a very good product.
Without hesitation, it may be drunk
There's no danger around it.
It is fortifying, aperitif,
Tonic and digestive,
To drink it is to believe,
And to want to drink more of it.
In Doubs, absinthe yourself
??? plainly my old Benoit.

To Paris, last week,
The king of Italy came,
We should all be proud of it.
Because he was all enraptured
When dismounting the royal train.
President Loubet
Told him my old friend, there's nothing bad about
Wetting the whistle.
You are thirsty! My old brother.
You cannot refuse a glass.

Henry IV on the Pont-Neuf
Was bored one evening,
And said to himself let me go see what there is of the nine
In Paris at present.
On arrival at Tuileries
Our jovial king
??? the old galantry
Said to Joan of Arc sincerely
My darling! My poppet!
Come have a cocktail.
Marc
You did a great job Artemis.
I just made small corrections (in bold):

In Pontarlier, charming country,
Very close to the border,
Is made something excellent
That they drink from full glasses
This soft nectar is matchless
It makes you gay,
It makes your face bright red,
And makes you sing:
The best of the Absinthes
Is truly Absinthe Bourgeois.

So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It puts joy in your heart.
Ah!
So come and drink! So come and drink! Come!
Drink an Absinthe Bourgeois
It's finger-licking good.

Absinthe Bourgeois, this is well-known,
Is a very good product.
Without hesitation, it may be drunk
There's no danger of being drunk.
It is fortifying, aperitif,
Tonic and digestive,
The more you drink, you can't believe it,
And the more to want to drink it.
In Doubs, absinthe yourself
That's the only truth my old Benoit.

To Paris, last week,
The king of Italy came,
We should all be proud of it.
Because he was all enraptured
When dismounting the royal train.
President Loubet
Told him my old friend, there's nothing bad about
Wetting the whistle.
We are thirsty! My old brother.
You cannot refuse a glass.

Henry IV on the Pont-Neuf
Was bored one evening,
And said to himself let me go see what's new
In Paris at present.
On arrival at Tuileries
Our jovial king
Remembering his old gallantry
Said to Joan of Arc sincerely:
My darling! My poppet!
Come have an aperitif.
Artemis
Thank you. All the corrections are obvious to me. Now that you've pointed the way!
I should have spent more time on it; I would have gotten at least some of those right.IPB Image
Marc
Thanks to Feluchon (on the froggies forum), here is the original song on which the "L'Absinthe Bourgois" lyrics apply too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGe7MUlp3cQ
Patlow
Frenchies.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA4KihbsISU
Provenance
QUOTE(Artemis @ Jun 29 2012, 03:49 PM) *

Rough and dirty, with some guessing and some artistic license

I suspect that rough, dirty and the use of guessing and artistic license is a mark of accuracy.

Thank you very much Artemis and Marc.
Artemis
Joan of Arc was murdered in 1431 and Henry was born in 1553. I wonder if there was a statue of Joan at the Tuileries in Henry's time, to which Henry made his proposal (reminds me of a line from a song by Madness: "lovestruck, I've fallen for a lamp post, giving her my utmost, pouring out my deepest feelings"). Henry, apparently a popular man for a king, had the Pont Neuf built, and was also murdered. His killer was pulled apart by horses. Here's Joan in New Orleans:
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