“Vive la Compagnie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1818
Keywords: drink friend nonballad
Found in: US Britain(England) Germany

Description

"Let Bacchus to Venus libations pour forth, Vive la compagnie. And let us make use of our time while it lasts, Vive la compagnie. Vive la, vive la, vive l'amour...." Bachelors toast their lasses, husbands their wives, all toast their friends

Supplemental text

Vive la Compagnie
  Complete text(s)

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From sheet music published 1844 by E. D. Benteen.
Title page inscribed
"Vive La Compagnie"
   Solo & Chorus
   As Sung by the 
  Maryland Cadets
     Glee Club
Composed & Arranged
      for the
    PIANO FORTE

Let Bachus to Venus libations pour forth,
Vive la compagnie.
And let us make use of our time while it lasts,
Vive la compagnie.

CHORUS
Oh! Vive la vive la vive l'amour vive la vive la vive l'amour
Vive l'amour, vive l'amour, vive la compagnie.

SECOND VERSE
Let ev'ry old Bachelor fill up his glass,
Vive la compagnie.
And drink to the health of his favorite lass,
Vive la compagnie.

     3.
Let ev'ry married man -- drink to his wife,
   Vive la compagnie.
The friend of his bosom and comfort of life,
   Vive la compagnie.
        Oh! vive la &c.

     4.
Come fill up your glasses -- I'll give you a toast
   Vive la compagnie.
Here's a health to our fried -- our kind, worthy host
   Vive la compagnie.
        Oh! vive la &c.

     5.
Since all, with good humour, I've toasted so free,
   Vive la compagnie.
I hope it will please you to drink now with me,
   Vive la compagnie.
        Oh! vive la &c.

Notes

Fuld points out that this song has been printed in England, America, and Germany, but no early French printings are known. It may, in fact, be an English song; at least, the tune is close to "The Lincolnshire Poacher." - RBW

Same tune

References

  1. RJackson-19CPop, pp. 218-221, "Vive la Compagnie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 288, "Vive la Compagnie" (1 text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 235, "Vive La Compagnie (Vive l'Amour)" (1 text)
  4. Fuld-WFM, pp. 606-607, "Vive la Compaigne"
  5. DT, VIVLAMOR
  6. ST RJ19218 (Full)
  7. BI, RJ19218