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(Hey! Good Morning, Shepherdess!)
Traditional song from Villars-sur-Var, County of Nice.

A pastourelle collected in the village of Villars-sur-Var.

1st verse
— Eh ! Bonjour, bergère !
— E ! Bouòn jou, moussù !
— Que fais-tu, bergère,
Dans ce bois touffu ?

— Planti lei favetta,
Gardi mai moutoun,
Per acò ièu fili
Su lu vert gazoun.
 — Hey! Good morning, shepherdess!
— Hey! Good Morning, sir!
— What are you doing, shepherdess,
In this dense wood?
— I plant the little broad beans,
I look after my sheep,
For that, I spin (1)
On the green grass.

2nd verse
— Dis-moi donc, bergère,
Tes amusements.
Tu es si jolie,
N’as-tu point d’amant ?

— Ah ! Moussù, pecaire !
Que mi diès aqui ?
Aco la mièu maire
Lou m’a jamai di.
 — Let me know, shepherdess,
Your amusements.
You are so pretty,
Don’t have you a lover?
— Ah! Sir, pecaire!
What are you saying here?
This, my mother
Never said me.

3rd verse
— Je sais bien, ta mère
Ne t’en parle pas.
Mais ton cœur, bergère,
Te le dit tout bas.

— Dins nouostre village,
Moussù lou curà
D’aquestou lengage
Noun n’en toca pas.
 — I well know, your mother
Don’t tell you about that.
But your heart, shepherdess,
Tells you in a whisper.
— In our village,
The country priest
About this language
Don’t teach us.

4th verse
— Mais ton chien, bergère,
Plus aimable que toi
Pour une caresse
Reste auprès de moi.

— Parqué dins la pocha
N’avès de croustoun.
Per acò ièu fili
Su lou vert gazoun.
 — But your dog, shepherdess,
More amiable than you
For a stroke
Stays close to me.
— Because in your pocket
You have crusts.
For that, I spin
On the green grass.

5th verse
— Ingrate et cruelle,
Tu me fais souffrir,
Sans aucune tendresse
Pour me secourir.

— Que voulès que fassi ?
Ièu lou vous farai
Meme dòu bouticari
Ièu li anerai.
 — Ungrateful and cruel,
You hurt me,
Without any tenderness
To help me.
— What do you want I do?
Me, I’ll do for you
Even at the pharmacist’s (2)
Me, I’ll go.

6th verse
— Pas de « boutiquère »
Ni de médecin.
C’est ton cœur, bergère,
Qui peut guérir le mien.

— Se ièu sièu ’n’ingrata,
Vous siès un couquin !
Per acò vous tiri
Per vouostre camin.
 — No more “boutiquère”
Nor doctor.
It’s your heart, shepherdess,
That can cure mine.
— If I’m ungrateful,
You, you are a rascal!
For that, I pull you
(On) your way.

1. Meaning: I spin the small distaff.
2. Bouticari: apothecary, pharmacist.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 44.


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