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(We sing, we dance for you, Nice)
Nissart lyrics by Georges Tasso, known as Jòrgi Tasso, music by Enric Lairbet.

1st verse
Cantan Nissa, nouostra vila,
Lou castèu, la vielha vila,
Radious pais mediteran,
Per nautre lou pu gran.
Cantan Nissa, la siéu bàia,
Rauba-Capèu, li roucaia
Qu’an inspirat tant de tablèu
M’ai filha dòu soulèu.
 We sing Nice, our city,
The castle, the old town,
Radiant Mediterranean country,
For us the greatest.
We sing Nice, its bay (1),
Rauba-Capèu (2), the rocs
That inspired so many paintings
With girls of the sun.

Chorus
Toui Nissart e fier de l’estre,
Au pais restan lu mestre.
Si trouvan toui ben
En cantant ensen
La vila dai maravilha,
Doun lu garçoun e li filha
Soun sempre amourous
D’un pais urous.
 All of us native of Nice and proud to be,
In the country we remain the masters.
There we feel comfortable
While singing together
The city of the wonders,
Where boys and girls
Are always in love
With a happy country.

2nd verse
Balan brandi e farandola
Mé capelina e taiòla.
Embé de cant plen de printems,
Dei mai d’un autre temp,
Balan « Lou Festin dei verna »,
La valsa de « La Luerna »,
Tamben à Cimiès de damoun
Festan « Lu Cougourdoun ».
 We dance the brandi and the farandole
With wide-brimmed hat (3) and taiòla (4).
With songs full of spring,
[Round dances of] May from the old days,
We dance “The Feast of the alders (5)”,
The waltz “The Firefly (6)”,
Likewise at Cimiez, up there,
We celebrate “The Small Gourds (7)”.

3rd verse
Nouostra vida es magnifica
Mé lu cant e li mùsica
Qu’au mòndou, ancuèi, oufren à fai.
Embé plen de pantai,
Viran sus la terra entiera.
Per nautre, pas de frountiera,
Sian lou retour dei troubadour,
De Nissa ambassadour.
 Our life is magnificent
With the songs and the musics
That, to the world, today, we offer by heaps.
Whith a lot of dreams,
We turn on the whole earth.
For us, no border,
We are the return of the troubadours,
Of Nice [the] ambassadors.

1. La bàia dei Ange, the Baie des Anges.
2. Rauba-Capèu, “Steals-Hat”. See also La Fiha dòu chapacan.
3. See also Nissa la bella.
4. Taiòla or touolhòla or touiòla: a long fabric belt, usually flannel made, rolled around the waist to strap up men’s belly.
5. See also Lou Festin dei verna.
6. See also La Luerna.
7. See also The feast of the cougourdoun (“the small gourds”).

Bibliography
     • Tosan (Albert), Princivalle (Gaël) and d’Hulster (Frédéric), Anthologie de la chanson du comté de Nice (Anthology of the song from County of Nice), Nice, Serre éditeur, series “Encyclopædia niciensis – Patrimoine régional”, vol. III, 2001, p. 68-69.

 

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