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Gran Mestre
(Great Master)
Nissart lyrics by Louis Faraut (ca 1860). Traditional song from Levens, County of Nice.

1st verse
Li a un beù garsoun de San-Martin,
Mestre ebenista Nourantin,
N’en ven per ni fa scolà,
Oben ! Li faren gantà sùola,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 There is an handsome young man from Saint-Martin,
Master cabinetmaker Nourantin,
He comes to make us school,
O, well! We will make him catch the ground (1),
You well hear me!

Gran mestre
Puos estre,
Ti faren escapa,
La, la la...
 Great master
You can be,
We will put you to flight,
La, la, la...

2nd verse
Noun parlés pa d’aù sieù mestre,
Que noun si trova lou parié,
De moble e de charpanta,
Oben ! N’en saù mai que cinquanta,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 Don’t speak to his master,
It isn’t find another one like him,
About furniture and frames,
O, well! He knows more than fifty,
You well hear me!

3rd verse
Per faire una caissa de muort,
Un brès, un taulier, un coffre fuort,
Lou vou douna à la prova,
Oben ! Lou parié noun si trova,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 To make a coffin,
A crib, a table, a safe,
I give him for test,
O, well! Another one like him it isn’t find,
You well hear me!

4th verse
Se va en gleïa fa d’aùtas,
Aco noun l’embarrassa pas,
Saù tan ben l’escultura
Oben ! Que es contra la natura,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 If he goes to church to make altars,
This doesn’t embarrass him,
He knows as well the sculpture
O, well! That is against the nature,
You well hear me!

5th verse
Coura si trova à faire lou bas,
N’emplega bouca, gorgea e nas.
Dirias que lu sieù nota
Oben ! N’en sùortoun d’una crota,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 When he is making bottom,
He uses the mouth, the throat and the nose.
You would say his notes
O, well! Are coming from a cellar,
You well hear me!

6th verse
Lou darié giou de Carnaval,
Moussu si va metre au bal,
La vesta courta quita,
Oben ! Si va metre en levita,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 On last Carnival day,
The Master is going dancing,
The jacket he leaves,
O, well! He goes to wear frock coat,
You well hear me!

7th verse
E si presenta ver lou soir
Dou, tré gionome aù desespoir
Per li casca li niéra
Oben ! D’una bella maniera,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 And appear toward the evening
Two, three young men in despair
To give him a ticking-off
O, well! In an efficient way,
You well hear me!

8th verse
Se noun èra lu ange gardian
Que lou li leveroun de li man,
Sounavoun en mesura
Oben ! Su la levita escura,
Vou m’entendès ben !
 If the guardian angels
Haven’t taken him away from their hands,
They were hitting (2) in time
O, well! On the dark frock coat,
You well hear me!

1. Gantà sùola or agantà souòl: to catch the ground, i.e. to bite the dust.
2. Sounà: to play a musical instrument, i.e. here to hit on...

• Maurandi Frédéric, Annales de Levens, Nice, 1931, p. 306-307.


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