The Lover from Nantes

This is our translation of the beautiful French song of love lost, L’Amant de Nantes. It is taken from the music of French bands La Chavannée and, more recently, La Bergère.

The Lover from Nantes (L’Amant de Nantes)
Trad. French, Arr. na-mara, Translation: P McNamara

Oh, my love he sailed away upon the winds of November
Oh, my love he sailed away upon the winds of November
Promised he’d return before the end of December
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

But December is now passed, and still I’m waiting
December is now passed, and still I’m waiting
I’ll see the messenger from Nantes and hear the tales he’s relating
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

“Messenger, bold messenger, tell me the news you carry?
Messenger, bold messenger, tell me the news you carry?”
“Oh, the news I have for you is of the one you would marry”
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

“The news I have for you is of the one you would marry
The news I have for you is of the one you would marry
For he’s ta’en another love, no more with you will he tarry”
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

“Is her beauty more than mine or is her kindred noble?
Is her beauty more than mine or is her kindred noble?”
“No, your beauty her outshines, but true her kindred is noble”
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

“His sleeves she stitches round with rosemary entwining
His sleeves she stitches round with rosemary entwining
And she’s changed his sea for wine, on meat not fish is he dining”
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

“Elle fleurit le romarin sur le bord de sa manche
Elle fleurit le romarin sur le bord de sa manche
Elle y change le mer en vin et les poissons en viande”
j'aime les mat'lots sur mer aussi sur terre

Oh, my love he sailed away upon the winds of November
Oh, my love he sailed away upon the winds of November
Promised he’d return before the end of December
On the land and on the sea, I love my sailor dearly.

Trad. French, Arr. na-mara
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