Yankee Péquenaud

by John Dunbar

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Yankee Péquenaud ( French slang for bumpkin ) is a concept EP about the trials and tribuations of an ill-fated Francophile named Francis who lives in New York and thinks the "F" word stands for Frog.
Will he discover, and become a part of, the local French community? Will he ever master the language? Will he romance and stay with a French woman? Will he ever get to visit his beloved France? At the very least, he knows he looks damn spiffy in a beret.

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released April 25, 2013

Written and performed by John Dunbar

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Track Name: According To Francis
According To Francis

It's long been his obsession since he was just a kid
Will it go from a to-do to something that he did
He promises to go there as soon as there's a chance
The country he belongs in is his beloved France
According To Francis, According To Francis

American authors he doesn't need or want
He loves his Proust and Zola and Guy De Maupassant
According To Francis, According To Francis
France is the only place to be, France is the only place for me
France is the only place to see, France is where I am gonna be

He has seen every movie by Rohmer and Godard
He loves Duchamp and Man Ray and all the avant garde
According To Francis, According To Francis
France is the country meant for me, France is the place that holds the key
France is his country 'tis of thee, France is the place where he will hear a "oui"
His favorite wine is Bordeaux
The first place where he plans to go
He thinks the "F" word stands for Frog
He reads each French related blog
According to Francis
According to Francis
Track Name: The French Community
The French Community

New York's famous for its Chinatown
Just as much for Little Italy
But where in town can all the French be found?
Where can they be?
Astoria is occupied by Greeks
The Irish love to stay in Sunnyside
The French are quite a bunch of little sneaks
Where do they hide?

He's looking for the opportunity
to infiltrate the French community
The French Community

He needs to hear some H's disappear
Maybe pick up some new fashion tips
Share some wine instead of beers
In elegant sips
In New York there is always some parade
For every single nationality
The French are never marching or displayed
They'd much rather ski

He's looking for the opportunity
to penetrate the French community
The French Community

If he gets in a French-only crowd
He might pick up their traits naturally
And he thinks that he might be allowed
To meet French women more easily

Anything that's French related here
He'll become an instant vulture for
All his friends will call him loud and clear
A French culture whore

He's looking for the opportunity
to permeate the French Community
The French Community
Track Name: He Looks Good In A Beret
He Looks Good In A Beret

Since he was a kid he could never find
A decent haircut that would suit his face
All the comments heard would be far from kind
So a hat would always be in place
In a bowler hat he looks like a fool
Like he's in some silent comedy
Put a boater on he looks far from cool
He says," A baseball cap is not for me."
Trilbys don't fit very well
He would not be caught dead in one
A type has him under a spell
And he has the perfect head for one

He looks good in a beret, He looks good in a beret
All of his family will say, He looks good in a beret

Wore fedoras once, they did not look right
But he did it cause they were in style
Tried a porkpie too, it was quite a sight
He was dateless for the longest while
In cowboy hats he disappears
He'd just wear one if for a joke
A top hat might conquer his fears
If he could wear a matching cloak

He looks good in a beret, He looks good in a beret
He shapes it so many ways, He looks good in a beret

One thing he feels is really so unfair
And never fails to leave him in despair
Is when it's used a part of military wear

He looks good in a beret, He looks good in a beret
Right on his head it will stay, He looks good in a beret
Track Name: No One Can Break Your Heart Like A French Woman Can
No One Can Break Your Heart Like A French Woman Can

Ending just as fast as it all began
No one can break your heart like a French woman can
They'll ruin all your dreams and cancel every plan
No one can break your heart like a French woman can

You'll hear "Amour No More, Amour No More"
Said in the accent you love so much
"Amour No More, Amour No More"
The cruelest finishing touch

You can't deny they are a truly deadly clan
No one can break your heart like a French woman can
You'll be left in the dust a most unhappy man
No one can break your heart like a French woman can

Will you ever find another one? Will you ever find another one?
You'll keep on looking till your day is done, You try your best to find another one
"Amour No More, Amour No More"
Said in the accent you love so much
"Amour No More, Amour No More"
The cruelest finishing touch

No matter what they do you'll still remain a fan
No one can break your heart like a French woman can
Track Name: A Lifelong Regret
A Lifelong Regret

He always is considering hiring a tutor
But knows that he would instantly turn into a suitor
He thinks he'd finally learn it if thrown into immersion
The best that he does now is an awful pidgin version
He wishes that he started
Learning when they said he was way too young
Attempts now are half-hearted
No matter how he tries he can't retrain his tongue

He loves the language but he still can't speak it yet
The silly accent is a thing he'll never get
A lifelong regret

Many friends are thinking they're seeing him advance
Because he keeps referring to "Frawnce" instead of France
He knows it's Notre "Dom" and it isn't Notre Dame
He wishes he was born with a Frenchy sounding name
He's saving up his money
So he can buy the course by Rosetta Stone
The outlook's not too sunny
A knack for learning fast he has never shown

He loves the language but he still can't read it yet
The crazy tenses are a thing he'll never get
A lifelong regret

Always in reach is a dictionary
English to French, like he wishes to be
As much as he can he will use the phrase vis a vis
Always in reach is a dictionary
English to French, he like he wishes to be
He's stopped saying "Yes", now he only confirms with "Oui"

He loves the language but he still can't write it yet
The crazy spelling is a thing he'll never get
A lifelong regret
Track Name: Montreal Bonjour
Montreal Bonjour

Montreal, Montreal Bonjour
Almost like having France next door
The next best thing to France for now
And all my pocket will allow
Since I can spare
The Amtrak fare
Montreal, Montreal Bonjour
How did I not visit here before?

Like you're in a French film then you ask, and it turns to English
As you walk around you are sure to find every favorite French dish

Montreal, Montreal Bonjour
Your cleanliness and kindness I adore

You don't come here to get a tan
It helps that I'm a hockey fan
Canada can
Be one great back-up plan
Montreal, Montreal Bonjour
You can count on seeing me some more

I love Montreal in springtime, but I don't know about winter
Wish I knew the reasons why Quebec always wants to splinter
Montreal, Montreal Bonjour