“There’s a Place in France…”

Contextual Information

Time of Interview: April 24th, 11:58 a.m.

Location of Interview: Interior of EVK Dining Hall

Informant’s First Encounter w/ Folklore: Childhood (10 or 11 years old)

When Folklore is Performed: During recess, amongst fellow students.



“There’s a place in France where the naked ladies dance,

There’s a hole in the wall where the boys see it all.

There’s a place downtown where the freaks come around,

There’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all.”


This (remarkably mature) children’s song was sung during my informant’s gradeschool years. My informant remembers singing it with a group of his friends while the girls in the surrounding area would react in disgust. Like cooties, this seems to be the sort of activity that young boys would create once they begin to “notice girls” in order to grow accustomed to them.