First of all, it symbolizes the North of France (the Belfry of Lille rings the hours with the melody of the chorus). In addition, his words are characteristic of social and popular song, reflecting the harsh living conditions of the working class in the 19th century. •
His words in Picard (or in ch'ti) are a lullaby (canchon-dormoire) that a poor lacemaker sings to his baby to put him to sleep. She promises him, if he lets her work, to go to the party to see Polichinelle and eat brioche. •
Alexandre Desrousseaux (1820-1892) was a Lille singer who composed many songs in local dialect. •
Dominique Cosaert has achieved a charming harmonization with slightly jazz accents. The score includes all the verses, according to the original spelling of Desrousseaux, as well as a small lexicon of the words of the song.