“'Poleon Dore”


French-Canadian dialect song. Singer describes working in a lumber camp. Paul Desjardins falls into rapids; oars do not reach him. Napoleon Dore dives in. Both drown in a whirlpool. Their bodies are found in each other's arms. They are buried together.

Long description

French-Canadian dialect song. Singer first describes (at length) the pleasures and comradeship of working in a lumber camp, then tells story. Paul Desjardins falls overboard in rapids; after his workmates fail to save him with their oars, Napoleon Dore dives in, but both are caught in a whirlpool and drowned. Their bodies are found in each other's arms, and they are buried together.


Is there something left unsaid here? I can't tell. - RBW


  1. Beck 74, "'Poleon Dore" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8869
  3. BI, Be074


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Found in: US(MW)