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Pique la Baleine

A traditional French whaling song which emerged primarily thanks to the work of folk historian Marc Robine, it is a fairly recent discovery in terms of folk songs and was first popularized in the early 2000s. The song itself dates back to the 19th century.

It contains a funny little chorus which loosely translates to "Stab the Whale, I'll Drive."

Lyrics

These lyrics are based on the version performed by the Longest Johns on their livestreams. The original lyrics can be found here.

Pour retrouver ma douce amie
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Pour retrouver ma douce amie
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

{Chorus}
Pique la baleine, joli baleinier
Pique la baleine, je veux naviguer.

Aux mille mers j'ai navigué.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Aux mille mers j'ai navigué.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

{Chorus}

Des mers du nord aux mers du sud.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Des mers du nord aux mers du sud.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

Je l'ai retrouvée quand j'm'ai noyé.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Je l'ai retrouvée quand j'm'ai noyé.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

Dans les grands fonds, elle m'espérait.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Je l'ai retrouvée quand j'm'ai noyé.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

Tous deux ensemble on a pleuré.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}
Tous deux ensemble on a pleuré.
{Oh mes boués, ouh là ouh là là.}

In Translation:

To find my sweet love,
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}
To find my sweet love,
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}

{Chorus}
Lance the whale, jolly whalerman,
You lance the whale, I'll steer.

I sailed many seas
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}
I sailed many seas
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}

From the north to the south.
{Oh my boys, oh la la,}
From the north to the south.
{Oh my boys, oh la la,}

I found my love when I drowned.
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}
I found my love when I drowned.
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}

In the great depths she was waiting for me,
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}
In the great depths she was waiting for me,
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}

The two of us together we cried.
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}
The two of us together we cried.
{Oh my boys, oh la ooh la-la,}

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