[LMB] Actually not off topic: a filk

Peter H. Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Thu May 31 03:08:27 BST 2007


At 05:30 PM 5/30/2007, B. Ross Ashley wrote:
> > >TTO: "The Bear Went OVer the Mountain"
>
>  > I believe the tune is more correctly named "Malbrouk" (Nalpoleon's
>  > troops marched to it; Beethoven immortalized it in "Wellingtons Sieg
>  > oder die Schlacht bei Vitoria".
>
>Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre,
>Mironton, mironton, mirontaine,
>Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre,
>Ne sais quand reviendra.
>
>That the one?

Yes.  Spelled variously.  The tune (and the name "Malbrouk") dates to 
the Crusades, a good 600 years before Blenheim, Malplaquet and 
Oudenarde, so has nothing whatever to do with Marlborough, it 
appears.  That doesn't mean that Napoleon's soldiers didn't think so, 
of course.


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Regards, Pete
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