Lillois soaking up the sun at the statue dedicated to Desrousseaux and his famous song.
Desrousseaux was a 19th century poet born in Lille who wrote in both French and Ch’ti.
His most well-known and well-loved song is L'canchon Dormoire, more commonly referred to as mon p’tit quinquin. It’s a lullaby that has become Lille's unofficial city anthem.
Here’s the famous refrain (en ch’ti):
Min p'tit pouchin,
Min gros rojin ;
Te m'f'ras du chagrin,
Si te n'dors point j'qu'à d'main.
Which translates to:
My little chick
My fat grape
You will fill my heart with sorrow
If you don’t sleep until the ‘morrow
The statue features the bust of Desrousseaux as well as a woman singing her child to sleep, the embodiment of his famous lullaby.
The lullaby is feautured in Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis. When Dany Boon and Kad Merad are drunkenly visiting all the homes along their postal route, an elderly woman sings them this song, bringing them all to tears.
Check it out:
Rue Nationale entrance to square Foch