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(The Small Gourds)
Nissart lyrics by Jouan Nicola, music by Marius Ausello. Traditional from County of Nice.

The feast of the cougourdoun (“the small gourds”) was held at Cimiez hill, on March 25st, where it gathered together the whole youth of the town of Nice.

See also Lu Cougourdoun, by Menica Rondelly and En calan de Cimiès, by Jouan Nicola.

Lu Cougourdoun The Small Gourds

Lu Cougourdoun as seen by Gustav Adolf Mossa.
1st verse          
Mounten damoun, su la coulina,
Es lou festin dei Cougourdoun.
Dejà flourisse l’aubepina,
L’aria n’es plèn de rigaudoun.
En arriban su la placetta
Croumperen toui un cougourdoun
Per lou coursage de Babetta,
           Ai Cougourdoun,
O ben lou “
fichu” de Rousetta,
           Ai Cougourdoun.
 Let’s go up there, on the hill,
It’s the feast of Small Gourds.
Already is blossoming the hawthorn,
The air is full of rigadoons.
Arriving on the small square
We all buy a small gourd
For the blouse of Elizabeth,
           At the Small Gourds,
Or for the head scarf of Rosette,
           At the Small Gourds.

Que bèu festin, lu Cougourdoun,
Doun renaisse la tradicioun.
En lu jardin, en lou bouissoun,
Es lou festin dei Cougourdoun. (twice)
 What a beautiful feast, the Small Gourds,
Where is revived the tradition.
In the gardens, in the bushes,
It’s the feast of Small Gourds.

2nd verse          
Dòu viei camin fin ai Arena,
Qu en tranvai e qu à pen,
Dòu pouòrt à la Madalena,
Toui vers Cimiès mounton li gen.
Lu amourous en li tounela
Coumparon lu siéu cougourdoun.
La partida es ben plu bella,
           Ai Cougourdoun,
Coura siès m’una doumaisella,
           Ai Cougourdoun.
 From the old lane to the amphitheatre (1),
One with tram, one on foot,
From the harbour and from the Madalena,
Everybody, to Cimiez, go up the people.
The lovers in the arbours
Compare their small gourds.
The party is more beautiful,
           At the Small Gourds,
When you are there with a young lady,
           At the Small Gourds.

3rd verse          
Un bouon papa me la siéu vieia
S’en soun mountat dòu viei camin,
Per s’en anà fin à la gleia
Tout en cuhièn de daissemin.
Si rapellon la siéu jouinessa,
Aquèu bèu tem dei Cougourdoun
Coura Lisoun s’èra proumessa,
           Ai Cougourdoun,
En lou soulèu que lu caressa,
           Ai Cougourdoun.
 A good father (2) with his old woman
Went (by the) old lane,
To go to the church
While picking jasmine.
They remember their youth,
This beautiful time of Small Gourds
When Lison promised herself,
           At the Small Gourds,
With the sun caressing them,
           At the Small Gourds.

1. The amphitheatre on the hill of Cimiez.
2. A grandfather.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 92-93.


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