This song was published around 1540 by Pierre Attaingnant in Paris and by Jacques Moderne in Lyon. It was instrumentally transcribed many times. The choreographic structure was perfect for dancing. Clément Janequin only used the first stanza of a long text published in several collections of popular unaccompanied music. The composer wanted to write a lively narrative text. The melody is quite simple and is only composed of a homophonic counterpoint. You only have to liven it up with the desire of telling stories. This song is intended to be performed with a feeling of detachment of one who sings for his own pleasure and enjoys sharing with some other people.