Vive Le Vent

Vive Le Vent – Jingle Bells in French

Have you ever wondered how to sing Jingle Bells in French? Here you will a complete video of the song, called “Vive Le Vent” (Long Live The Wind) as well as the French lyrics with the English translation written out below. While little is known about the history of the French version of the song, one thing is clear: While the tune is completely the same the words are totally different. Sing along and enjoy!

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French Lyrics & Translation
Vive le vent, vive le vent,
vive le vent d’hiver
qui s’en va sifflant, soufflant
dans les grands sapins verts.Vive le temps, vive le temps,
vive le temps d’hiver
boules de neige et jour de l’an
et bonne année grand-mère.

Sur le long chemin
tout blanc de neige blanche
un vieux monsieur s’avance avec
sa canne dans la main
et tout là-haut le vent qui siffle
dans les branches puis souffle
la romance qu’il chantait petit enfant

Et le vieux monsieur descend
vers le village
C’est l’heure où tout est sage
et l’ombre danse au coin du feu
Mais dans chaque maison
il flotte un air de fête
partout la table est prête
et l’on entend
la même chanson

Long live the wind, long live the wind,
Long live the winter wind,
Which goes whistling, blowing
In the big green Christmas trees!Long live the time, long live the time,
Long live the winter time,
Snowballs and new year’s day
and happy new year Grandma

Along the long trail
All white from the white snow
An old man advances
With his cane in his hand.
And up at the top the wind blows
Which whistles in the branches
Blows on him the romance
That he sang as a young child

And the old man
Goes down toward the village,
It’s the time when everyone is good
And the shadow dances near the fire.
But in each house
There’s a festive air
Everywhere the table is ready
And you hear the same song

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