Mudcat Café message #3182013 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #62269   Message #3182013
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
05-Jul-11 - 04:30 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Où vas-tu, mon petit garçon? (Acadian)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Où vas-tu, mon petit garçon? (Acadian)
Chestnuts and pears: I read the same in Wikipedia, but nevertheless I agree with Barbeau that that line strongly points to France. There is a tradition in (northern) French rhetorics to list items in pairs, representing typical attributes of northern and southern France and thus suggesting an equal share of both parts in the nation's identity - Monique can tell us more.

Our songwriter is not interested in national symbolism of Canada (probably on the contrary). I guess snippets from a French poem have been inserted without taking a closer look.