[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.

Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net 

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