Last Updated: 18 February 2023

V’là le bon vent (also known as Le canard blanc) is a traditional French-Canadian song at least 300 years old.

The story of the song

According to the Canadian folklorist Ernest Gagnon (1834-1815) the song is of Acadian origin and is over three hundred years old.

Other sources state that the theme of the three ducks originated in France, where the song is also well known, and reached Canada in the 17th century.

The song tells the story of a prince who comes with his silver gun to kill the narrator's white duck. Between the verses, the refrain "V'là le bon vent" has nothing to do with the rest of the story.

The whiteness of the duck can symbolise innocence.

Parc de Boulogne Edmond de Rothschild 22 copyright French Moments

The duck family, Edmond de Rothschild Park © French Moments

V’là le bon vent

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V’là le bon vent

The lyrics in French

The original song of V’là le bon vent has 7 verses and a chorus.

This song of oral tradition has many versions, both lyrically and melodically different.


V’là l’bon vent, v’là l’joli vent
V’là l’bon vent, ma mie m’appelle
V’là l’bon vent, v’là l’joli vent
V’là l’bon vent, ma mie m’attend.

Couplet 1

Derrière chez nous y a un étang
Trois beaux canards s’en vont baignant


Couplet 2

Le fils du roi s’en va chassant
Avec son beau fusil d’argent


Couplet 3

Visa le noir, tua le blanc
Ô fils du roi, tu es méchant 


Couplet 4

D'avoir tué mon canard blanc
Par-dessous l'aile il perd son sang


Couplet 5

Par les yeux lui sort des diamants
Et par le bec l'or et l'argent


Couplet 6

Toutes ses plumes s'en vont au vent
Trois dames s'en vont les ramassant


Couplet 7

C'est pour en faire un lit de camp
Pour y coucher tous les passants 


Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:


Here comes the good wind, here comes the lovely wind
Here comes the good wind, my love is calling me
Here comes the good wind, here comes the lovely wind
Here comes the good wind, my love is waiting for me.

Verse 1

Behind our house there is a pond
Three beautiful ducks are going swimming

Verse 2

The king's son is going hunting
With his beautiful silver rifle

Verse 3

Aimed at the black, killed the white
O son of the king, you are wicked

Verse 4

For killing my white duck
From under the wing he loses its blood

Verse 5

Through its eyes diamonds are coming out
And through the beak gold and silver

Verse 6

All its feathers go to the wind
Three ladies are going to pick them up

Verse 7

It's to make a camp bed
To lay all the passers-by on it

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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