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(The Small Flute)
Nissart lyrics and music by Georges Delrieu. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
Un jour, sabateavi
Dintre d’un bouosc espès
E Jouanin rescountravi
Per la premièra fès.
 One day, I was dragging my feet
In the depths of a wood
And I met Johnny
For the first time.

Jouanin embé lou siéu flahut,
Jamai, jamai es restat mut,
Turulurulu, turulurulu.
 Johnny with his small flute,
Never, never remained silent,
Turulurulu, turulurulu.

2nd verse
Sus lou flahut sounava
De tant belli cansoun !
Et pi me regarjava
Mé d’uès bèn pelandroun.
 On the little flute he was playing
So beautiful songs!
And besides he was looking at me
With so mischievous eyes.

3rd verse
Jouanin mi dì : « Fiheta,
Se la cansoun vous plas,
Aici soubre l’erbeta
Proch de ièu l’escoutas. »
 Johnny says me: “Young girl,
If the song suits you,
Here on the small grass
Close to me you listen it.”

4th verse
Touplèn mi countèntava,
Lou juec dòu bèu flahut.
E Jouanin n’en sounava
Ben mai que n’ai vourgut.
 It satisfied me very much,
The playing of the small flute.
And Johnny was playing
More than I wanted.

5th verse
Ai serat li parpella
Per poudé miès audi.
Dau ver, coum’èra bella
La cansoun que m’a dit !
 I closed my eyelids
To be able to listen better.
Sure, how it was beautiful
The song he told me!

6th verse
A boufà Jouan s’esquissa,
Pi li boufan ensèn.
N’en vèn la boufahissa
E noun s’aude plus rèn.
 John was blowing himself hoarse,
Then we blow together.
Breathlessness comes
And it is heard nothing else.

7th verse
« De doun vèn ? » demandessi.
Lou li ai demandat.
Eu mi dì : « Lou saupessi !
L’ai despi que sièu nat ! »
 “Where is it coming from?” [If I did dare] I’d ask.
I asked it to him.
He says me: “If I could know!
I got it since I was born!”

8th verse
E mignoun touplèn l’èra,
Lou flahut de Jouanin.
M’encantava lou sèra
E parrié lou matin.
 And very cute it was,
The little flute of Johnny.
It delighted me in the evening
And the same in the morning.

9th verse
Jouanin per souveniènça
M’a largat un flahut
Bregahi de sapiènça,
Noun subla plus : es mut !
 Johnny as a recollection
Bequeathed to me a small flute
[That] wasted its wisdom,
It no longer whistles: it is mute!

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 121.


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