“Sur le Pont d'Avignon”


French round: "Sur le pont d'Avignon, L'on y danse, l'on y danse." "On the bridge at Avignon, see them dance, see them dance." The song tells how men, women, and soldiers bow and dance


One of the best-known songs in all of France. The great bridge on the Rhone was finished in 1185. The need to carry larger ships has resulted in much of the span being torn down, but a portion still stands (sticking out into the middle of nowhere), mostly as a tourist attraction. - RBW


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 390, "Sur Le Pont D'Avignon (On The Bridge At Avignon)" (1 text)
  2. Fuld-WFM, pp. 539-540, "Sur le Pont d'Avignon"
  3. BI, FSWB390A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1846 (Du Mersan, "Chansons et Rondes Enfantines")
Keywords: dancing nonballad
Found in: France