La vache qui pleure

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La vache qui pleure
Studio album by Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Released November, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Folk
Length 40:31
Label La Tribu
Producer Michel Pèpin, Borza Ghomeshi
Kate & Anna McGarrigle chronology
The McGarrigle Hour
La vache qui pleure
The McGarrigle Christmas Hour

La vache qui pleure is the ninth album by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, released in 2003. It is named after a prehistoric bas-relief (stone carving) near Djanet in the south of Algeria which is pictured on the album cover. Its title (French for The crying cow) may also be a joke with the famous French cheese label La vache qui rit (The laughing cow).

It is the sisters' second full album of French songs, following on from their 1980 album Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse, while several of their other albums also included a few French songs.[1]

The album does include one English song, "Sunflower", which is a setting of William Blake's poem "Ah! Sunflower". The same song is performed in French ("Ah tournesol"), as a straight translation of the original. Blake's poem is not acknowledged in the credits for either song.

Guest musicians on the album include Joel Zifkin, Lily Lanken (Anna's daughter), and Martha Wainwright (Kate's daughter).

In 2005, the album was given a European release on the Munich label, and a twelfth track,"La complainte du phoque en Alaska", was added. That version is currently out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by K. & A. McGarrigle/Philippe Tatartcheff, except where noted.

  1. "Petite annonce amoureuse" – 3:58
  2. "Ah tournesol" – 2:58
  3. "Le bambocheur" (Kate McGarrigle) – 2:22
  4. "Hurle le vent" – 3:22
  5. "La Vache qui pleure" – 4:08
  6. "Rose blanche" (K. & A. McGarrigle / Ph. Tatartcheff / A. Bruant) – 4:52
  7. "Tant le monde" – 3:35
  8. "Ce matin" – 4:43
  9. "Dans le silence" – 3:32
  10. "Petites boites" (translation of "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds / Graeme Allwright) – 3:36
  11. "Sunflower" (K. & A. McGarrigle) – 3:25
  12. "La complainte du phoque en Alaska" (M. Rivard) – 6:03 (this song only appears on the 2005 Munich release)


  • Kate McGarrigle – vocals, harmony vocals, banjo, piano, guitar, accordion, synthesized flutes, violin, drum
  • Anna McGarrigle – vocals, harmony vocals, guitar, accordion, piano, banjar, synthesized flutes, synthesizer, keyboards, recorder, bass, omnichord, tambourine
  • Michel Pépin – guitars, bass, mandolin, drums, percussion, harmonica, Hammond B3
  • Martha Wainwright – vocals, harmony vocals, Spanish guitar
  • Lily Lanken – vocals, harmony vocals
  • Joel Zifkin – violin
  • Butch – drums
  • Marc Lessard – drums
  • John McColgan – drums
  • Tom Sokolov – drums
  • Marc-André "Boum Boum" Bellefleur – bass drums
  • Jeff Hill – double bass, bass
  • Frédéric Grenier – double bass
  • Daniel Thonon – hurdy-gurdy
  • Michael Jerome Brown – slide guitar
  • Philippe Tatartcheff – recitation


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