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  • FRENCH - Un Canadien Errant

    Sue Rogers posted on August 20, 2011 00:30

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    "Un Canadien errant" ("A Wandering Canadian") is a song written in 1842 by Antoine Gérin-Lajoie after the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837–38. Some of the rebels were condemned to death, others forced into exile to the United States and as far as Australia. Gérin-Lajoie wrote the song, about the pain of exile, while taking his classical exams at the Séminaire de Nicolet. The song has become a patriotic anthem for certain groups of Canadians who have at a point in their history experienced the pain of exile. In addition to those exiled following the Lower Canada Rebellion, it has come to hold particular importance for the rebels of the Upper Canada Rebellion, and for the Acadians, who suffered mass deportation from their homeland in the Great Upheaval between 1755 and 1763. The Acadian version is known as "Un Acadien errant."

    "Un Canadien errant" was inducted by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Approximate english translation:

    Once a Canadian lad,
    Exiled from hearth and home,
    Wandered, alone and sad,
    Through alien lands unknown.
    Down by a rushing stream,
    Thoughtful and sad one day
    He watched the water pass
    And to it he did say:

    "If you should reach my land,
    My most unhappy land,
    Please speak to all my friends
    So they will understand.
    Tell them how much I wish
    That I could be once more
    In my beloved land
    That I will see no more.

    "My own beloved land
    I'll not forget till death,
    And I will speak of her
    With my last dying breath.
    My own beloved land
    I'll not forget till death,
    And I will speak of her
    With my last dying breath."

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