Summer camp songs - lists, links, lyrics, and rambling thoughts about music meant to be sung by voices joined in imperfect harmony.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Viva L'Amour - Song #28
I was looking up the origins of the song we knew as Viva L'Amour at boys' camp and found that it's more often titled Vive La Compagnie. Oddly enough, it appears to be a British song and sung often in America, but no trace of it ever having been French. Well, only the chorus is in that language, so maybe that does make sense.
Here is an old version of the lyrics, quite different from the one most Boy Scouts know:
VIVE LA COMPAGNIE Published by F. D. Benteen, Baltimore, 1844.
Let Bacchus to Venus libations pour forth, Vive la compagnie! And let us make use of our time while it lasts. Vive la compagnie!