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Official song of the carnival of Nice 1927
Nissart lyrics by Dominique Jules Mari, music by Hyacinthe Tarelli, known as Cinto Tarelli. Traditional from County of Nice.

The theme for this year 1927 is “Roi des jouets d’enfants” (King of the Children Toys).

Coucou ! Hello! Official song of the carnival of Nice 1927

First page of the music sheet for Coucou !, illustration by Gustav Adolf Mossa, éd. Delrieu frères, 1927.
 1st verse               
Souta dòu nouostre ciel radious
Que Febus illumina
Cadun lutina
E turlupina ;
E lu Pierrot au couor jouious
Qu’an toujou buona mina,
Ai Couloumbina
N’en dioun tant
En s’esclafant :
 Beneath our radiant sky
That Phoebus (1) illuminates
Everybody fondles
And worries;
And the Pierrots who feel happy
And always look well,
To Columbine
Say so much
While guffawing:

Coucou ! Coucou ! Coucou !
Souta dau tièu loup,
Coucou ! Coucou ! Coucou !
Fai veire la coulou
De toun bèu nasin
Tout cremesin,
Dai tièu uès d’amour
Plen de langour.
Coucou ! Coucou ! Coucou !
Se vouas bèu coucoun,
Coucou ! Coucou ! Coucou !
Faguèn foulatoun ;
L’Amour, la Jouinessa e Carneval
N’envidoun toui au bacanal
Souta dòu loup ! Coucou !
 Hello! Hello! Hello!
Under your eye mask,
Hello! Hello! Hello!
Let show the color
Of your beautiful and small nose
Whole crimson,
Of your love eyes
Full of languor.
Hello! Hello! Hello!
If you want a nice cocoon,
Hello! Hello! Hello!
Let’s do the will-o’-the-wisp (2);
Love, Youth and Carnival
Invite all of us to drunken dances
Under the eye mask! Hello!

2nd verse               
Maigre, pichoui, caramentran,
Toui fan cascareleta.
Suzoun, Suzeta,
Grisoun, griseta,
Rique, barboun, mandroun, mandian
S’en van countà floureta
Ai bloundineta
En li diguènt
Gaïardamèn :
 Thin, small, healthy (3),
Everybody shakes himself.
Suzoun, Suzeta,
Greying men and women,
Rich, greybeards, little devils, beggars
Go and whisper sweet nothings
In fair-haired girls ear
Saying them

3rd verse               
Ma Carneval, rei foulatoun
De touti li foulìa,
Ai belli fïa
Li repepia
Dau sièu gran tronou de cartoun :
Maufida-vous, ma mia,
Tout és cendria,
E dei mandroun
Es la cansoun.
 But Carnival, sprite king
Of all extravagances,
To pretty girls
Keeps turning over
From his great cardboard throne:
Let you be careful, my beloved,
Everything is sawdust,
And from scallywags
It’s the song.

1. An other name for Apollo, god of Beauty, of Light and Arts in the Greek mythology.
2. Foulatoun : will-o’-the-wisp, gnome, sprite, elf.
3. In his Dictionnaire niçois-français, Georges Castellana gives: caremantran.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 178-179.
• 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 publisher, series “Encyclopædia niciensis – Patrimoine régional”, volume III, 2001, p. 88-89.


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