LES DRAVEURS DE LA GATINEAU

by Stephen Hatfield

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A wonderful upbeat song for community choirs! – all about the early explorers riding the rivers.

LYRICS

Adieux donc, belle rives de Kadébonguay
Voilà le temps qu’arrive, il faut nous séparer
L’hiver est arrivé et tous ses embarras
Cent hommes sont rassemblés . Jack Boyd les conduira. 

Adieux then, beautiful rivers of Kadébonguay.
The time has come when we must part.
Winter has come, with all of its hardships.
A hundred men are assembled. Jack Boyd will lead them home.

Hivernant tu nous quittes ton sac dessus le dos
Tu nous quittes trop vite tu maudis nos billets
Tu maudis nos rivières nos rames nos avirons,
Tu maudis jusqu’à l’air que nous respirerons. 

You leave us for the winter, your pack on your back.
You leave us too quickly.  You curse our logs,
You curse our rivers, our oars, our paddles,
You curse all the way to the air we breathe.

 Sautons chutes et rapides, nageons adroitement
Courons sur la lisère qui suit le grand courant 
Arrivés au désert et Gouin nous attend là
Dessus le gazon vert, c’est lui qui traitera.

Let’s jump the falls, let’s shoot the rapids with all our skill,
Let’s shoot the straight that follows to the big current.
After the wilderness, Gouin will be waiting for us there.
On the green lawn, he’s the man who’ll do the trading.

Buvons chers camarades à la santé de Gouin
Trois ou quatre rasades et donnons-lui la main
Dravons la Gatineau, dravons-la jusqu’en bas
Et nos barques sur l’eau vont mieux qu’un rabaska..

Let’s drink, dear friends, to the health of Gouin.
Three or four glassfuls, and let’s all shake his hand.
Drive on down the Gatineau! Drive  right down to the end!
And our boats on the water go better than a rabaska..

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