Le souvenir d'une jeune fille de Silkville chanté par Belinda Gail et Curly Musgrave

Le duo le plus célèbre de la musique western a édité cette année 2008 un CD, dont l'un des titres "La fille de Valeton" laissera quelque peu rêveur celui qui sait qu'Ernest Valeton de Boissière fut un célibataire endurci ! Il s'agit en fait de l'évocation d'une "belle centenaire" derrière les fenêtres du "grand château", le regard flottant sur la vaste prairie fleurie, et rêvant à son jeune et beau cowboy... Silkville était alors appelé familièrement "Valeton", du nom de son fondateur...

Nous reproduisons ci-dessous le texte de présentation, puis celui de la chanson transcrit pour nous par Barry BYRNE, puis complété par le texte même de l'auteur.

Pour écouter la chanson, deux solutions : commander le CD ou télécharger en mp3


Présentation :

"Silkville, historically called ‘Valeton’, is a working cattle ranch just outside of Williamsburg, Kansas. So named for the world class silk produced there in the 1870’s, by the Frenchman M. Ernest Valeton De Boissiere. He attempted to create a Utopian society where over 100 French workers and their families in the main ‘chateau’ of the Ranch. The enterprise dissipated as the workers, particularly the young women, married into ranching families in the area. This is the story of one of such woman who as a 100 year old (centenaire) in a home for the aged, reflects on her life as a young girl at the Silkville ranch before passing over to join the cowboy who was the love of her life. As I rode through the Mulberry and Osage pushing cattle at Silkville, I could imagine the French maiden in the fields, longing for a loving cowboy to find her there. Silkville, historically called Valeton, the Bickelmeyers who own it and the Andersons who run it, are special to us. We dedicate this to them."


Texte de la chanson :


"At the window with a prairie view sits la belle centenaire
Disguising all her visions in a seeming vacant stare
She dreams through the century behind... so distant yet so near
To vivid vales of
Valeton to reveries of love long gone
Before life's shadows grew so long as sundown disappears

Her reflection in the window pane takes on a younger glow
As the rides upon her reverie to Silkville’s
grand château
Cocooned amid the mulberry and osage growing strong
Where the silk worms of
De Boissière spin lovely ribbons for her hair
For someday love may find her there l
a fille de Valeton
Bridge :
And she dances with the prairie flowers upon the Kansas breeze
In concert with the butterflies and thrushes melodies
But in
Boissière’s utopia will love e'er come along
And she prays for some young cowboy fair to touch her silken skin and hair
And ever give his heart and care for
la fille de Valeton

At the window with the prairie view sits la belle centenaire
She smiles for her young cowboy who has come to find her there
Once more she holds his loving hand freed from her mortel sphere
Thet'all find her there but find her gone
For she rides with him to
Valeton
Where love began where love lives on
For
la belle centenaire
2nd Bridge :
And she dances with the prairie flowers upon the Kansas breeze
In concert with the butterflies and thrushes melodies
For in
Boissière’s utopia love would come along
Where she prayed for some young cowboy fair
To touch her silken skin and hair
And ever give his heart and care for
la fille de Valeton"


LA FILLE DE VALETON (Maid of Valeton) (5:10) (c) Curly Musgrave
in : FOREVER WEST, Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave, Creakin’ Leather Music, 2008, all rights reserved.

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ci-contre : carte postale gaufrée début 20è s. représentant une jeune fille vêtue de soie rouge, avec son ombrelle, et tenant une fleur de tournesol (sunflower), emblème de l'Etat du Kansas (collection J-Y. Boutet)

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