The family had a lot of company? You sang Auld Lange Syne at midnight? Everyone sang while someone played the piano into the wee hours?
That's so nice.
And you were surprised to hear another song you remember from grade school? What was it?
Wow, that's interesting. Well, let's see what I can tell you about the song "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze".
"He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ease,
This daring young man on the flying trapeze;
His actions are graceful,
All girls he could please,
My love he has purloined away".
What does purloined mean?
Simply, it means to have something stolen.
His father owned a gymnasium and by stringing bars and ropes over the gym's swimming pool, Jules experimented and practised until he was the finest trapeze artist of all.
He eventually joined the French circus, Cirque Franconi in Paris, as their main aerialist. His first performance was in London in May, 1861. At times, he would perform on five trapezes, completing somersaults between each one.