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(The Sweetheart) (The Girl Friend)
Nissart lyrics by Franck Pilatte, known as Nouncle Gibas, music by Hyacinthe Tarelli, known as Cinto Tarelli. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
O Madalin, o la mièu calignèra,
Aquesta nuech ai fach un bèu pantai :
Mé tu en brasseta anavi per carrièra
En regardant li gèn virà lou mai.
     E de ti veire,
     Mi pouodes crèire,
Audìi cadun cantà coum’un refren :
     Que meravia,
     Aquella fiha !
A d’uès plus vièu qu’un parèu de calèn !
 Oh! Magdalen, oh! my pretty lover,
This night I had a dream:
With you, arm in arm, I was going through the streets
While looking people dancing the May.
     And at your sight,
     You can believe me,
I heard everybody singing as a chorus:
     What a marvel,
     This girl!
She got eyes sharper than a pair of oil lamps!

Escoutas, jouventura,
L’allegre tirignoun
Que souon’en l’aria pura :
Madalin ! Madaloun ! (twice)
 Let listen, young people,
The merry chime
That rings in the pure air:
Magdalen! Magdalen! (twice)

2nd verse
En ti veèn sas bèn que lou couor sauta,
Lu tiéu chivus de l’or an la coulou
E li tiéu labra e li tiéu fresqui gauta
Soun de tresor que fan vergougna ai flou.
     Courouna e dansa
     An pas de chansa :
Coura li siès, degun li pensa plus...
     Canta, cantaire !
     Rima, rimaire !
Lou mès de mai e lou printèms siès tu !
 When seeing you, let know that the heart jolts,
Your hair is gold-coloured
And your lips and your fresh cheeks
Are treasures that make the flowers ashamed.
     Crown (1) and dance
     Haven’t got a chance:
When you are there, everybody forget them...
     Let sing, singer!
     Let rhyme, rhymester!
The month of May and spring, it’s you!

3rd verse
O Madalena, estèla qu’embarluga,
En la miéu nuech venguères t’esplandì.
Au tiéu regart que manda de beluga,
Paure mesquin, noun pouodi qu’òubedi.
     Bella bouscarla,
     Se m’aimes, parla
E creserai, lou diéu precis, precis,
     Que Dièu mi laisse
     Veire renaisse
Douse fès l’an lou mai en paradis !
 Oh! Magdalen, star that dazzles,
Within my night you came and spread out.
At your gaze that throws out sparks,
Poor unfortunate, I can only obey.
     Pretty warbler,
     If you love me, let speak
And I will believe, I say this precisely,
     That God let me
     See the month of May spring up again
Twelve times a year in paradise!

1. The crown of the queen of May.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 156-157.
• revue Armanac niçart, Nice, 1910, p. 26-27.
• revue Nice historique, Nice, n° 11, 1908, p. 192 ; n° 3, 1938, p. 75.


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