Tears In My Eyes (Les Larmes Aux Yeux)

Trad. French Canadian, Boulerice, Cuthill /Arr. na-mara

We are very big fans of the French Canadian band Le Vent du Nord. Here, we have taken their song of unrequited love, Les Larmes aux Yeux , and stripped it down to a purely guitar and mandolin version. In doing so, we have kept the Fiona Cuthill tune (named Le Vent du Nord) which is used as a linking passage on the original and which she has recorded with her own band on Rallion’s 2010 album, One For Sorrow.
Apparently, Nicolas Boulerice’s great-grandfather used to sing a song with these words. However, having forgotten the original tune, Nicolas composed a new melody for it – with a sleeping baby on his lap!

Tears In My Eyes (Les Larmes Aux Yeux)
Trad. Quebecois, Arr. na-mara, Translation: P McNamara

Good day dear heart, I pray that all the world stands well with you –
- but does our love stand true?
Good day dear heart, I pray that all the world stands well with you -
- but does our love stand true?
(For) I’ve called to see, if married we shall be,
And so relieve my pain and misery
I’ve called to see, if married we shall be,
And so relieve my pain and misery

Oh no kind sir, ‘tis never that the two of us shall wed -
For church banns they are read
Oh no kind sir, ‘tis never that the two of us shall wed -
For church banns they are read
To an officer so bold, I’m promised evermore
And so good Sir, I beg you now withdraw
To an officer so bold, I’m promised evermore
And so good Sir, I beg you now withdraw

Oh cruel heart, if I had known our love would finish so -
And to church we would not go,
Oh cruel heart, if I had known our love would finish so -
And to church we would not go,
I’d ne’er have been free and gay, on spending all my pay,
Upon your father at the cabaret
I’d ne’er have been free and gay, on spending all my pay,
Upon your father at the cabaret

All that was spent, t’was only spent because you wished it so -
Galant I beg you go
All that was spent, t’was only spent because you wished it so -
Galant I beg you go
How many times must I grieve your heart full sore,
And so good Sir, I beg you now withdraw
How many times must I grieve your heart full sore,
And so good Sir, I beg you now withdraw

Si j'ai perdu, ah! mes peines et mon temps
J'ai bien passé d'agréables moments
Si j'ai perdu, ah! mes peines et mon temps
J'ai bien passé d'agréables moments
Le verre à la main pour bénir mon chagrin
Les larmes aux yeux, belle faut se dire adieu
Le verre à la main pour bénir mon chagrin
Les larmes aux yeux, belle faut se dire adieu

If I have lost, if I have lost in sorrow and in pain -
Then pleasures I did gain,
If I have lost, if I have lost in sorrow and in pain
Then pleasures I did gain,
And so, with glass in hand, I’ll raise a toast so high,
Tears in my eyes, I’ll bid my love goodbye!
And so, with glass in hand, I’ll raise a toast so high,
Tears in my eyes, I’ll bid my love goodbye

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