Pommier doux

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Emmeline Labiche: New Brunswick to Maryland & Louisiana, 1738-1790
Longfellow’s Evangeline was on the eve of her wedding when her true love Gabriel was seized by the English and deported with thousands of French Acadians. Emmeline Labiche’s descendants say she was the model for Longfellow’s adventurous heroine. Emmeline and her real-life lover Louis Arceneaux are commemorated at the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville, Louisiana.

Pommier doux is a traditional New Brunswick chanson à répondre, learned from Acadian friends at Kouchibouguac National Park as arranged by Edith Butler. Under an apple tree, three princesses awake in the night to lament their lovers who have gone to war. The chorus lists items that the Acadians took with them to Louisiana (along with a few to fill out the rhyme): millet, straw, orange trees, tricoli (a grain), matches, pineapples, flint and steel, a blooming laurel, and beautiful, beautiful, beautiful birds.

lyrics

Par derrière chez mon père |:'y-a-t-un pommier doux :|
Les feuilles en sont verts et le fruit en est doux, ah...

REFRAIN: J'ai les grains de mille, j'ai les grains de paille
J'ai de l'oranger, j'ai du tri, j'ai du tricoli
J'ai des allumettes et j'ai des ananas
Le pierre à fusil, le laurier fleuri
J'ai du zi, j'ai du zenazi, j'ai du zenazen et j'ai du zenazon
J'ai de beaux, j'ai de beaux, j'ai de beaux oiseaux.

Les feuilles en sont verts |: et le fruit en est doux :|
Les trois filles d'un prince sont endormies dessous, ah...
REFRAIN

Les trois filles d'un prince |: sont endormies dessous :|
La plus jeune se reveille, dit, ma soeur, il est jour, ah...
REFRAIN

La plus jeune se reveille,|: dit, ma soeur, il est jour :|
Non, ce n'est qu'une étoile qu'éclaira nos jours, ah...
REFRAIN

Non, ce n'est qu'une étoile |: qu'éclaira nos jours :|
Nos amants sont en guerre qui combattent pour nous, ah...
REFRAIN

Nos amants sont en guerre|:qui combattent pour nous:|
S'ils gagnent la bataille, ils auront nos amours, ah...
REFRAIN

S'ils gagnent la bataille, |: ils auront nos amours :|
S'ils gagnent ou s'ils perdent, ils l'auront toujours, ah...
REFRAIN

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from A Woman's Way, released May 18, 2018
trad. Acadian. Martha Pellerin, vocals.

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Crosscurrents Music Boston, Massachusetts

Lynn Noel brings traditional song and heritage arts online to create digital community. Lynn has a voice of striking clarity and power, equally at home in rhythmic chanteys and flowing ballads.

Lynn is a respected song session leader on both sides of the Atlantic and the producer and host of the Mermaid's Tavern online folk club. She has earned awards from the IUCN, NRCA, and CDSS.
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