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Thread #96196   Message #1877188
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
05-Nov-06 - 11:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sur la Borde de l'Eau (Gaspard)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sur Le Borde De L'Eau/on the water's edg
I eventually found a sound clip that would play. The tune is closely related to 'La Fille aux Chansons' / 'Marion s'y promène'- recorded back in the 1970s by Malicorne; my copy went missing long ago, so I don't remember what their source was (if they named one). See for a transcription of that lyric.

There's a whole series of French songs that deal with the same basic story; a girl is lured on board a ship by a captain who has designs upon her. In some forms, she escapes by cunning; in others she comes to a ghastly end. I think this may be one of the latter type.

For some related material here, see thread Trois Navires.