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La Paisaneta
(The Little Peasant Girl)
Nissart lyrics and music by François Guisol. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
         La païsaneta,
                  neta,
Pouorta la siéu gourbeta
D’amberge e de raïn
Su lou canton de la placeta,
Per lou siéu mouscadin,
Lou veire encara de matin.
          The little peasant girl,
                  girl,
Brings her small basket
[Full] of yellow peach (1) and grapes
In the corner of the little marketplace,
To her whippersnapper,
Seeing him again on morning.

2nd verse
         A pena en plaça,
                  plaça,
Lou siéu faï, mieja lassa,
Per terra en fen bouquin,
M’ei siéu caressanti grimaça
Per lou siéu mouscadin,
Lou regarda mai de matin.
          Only just in place,
                  place,
Her load (2), half weary,
[She puts] down, doing [her] small mouth,
With her caressing grimaces
To her whippersnapper,
She looks at him again on morning.

3rd verse
         La bouona ’strena,
                  trena,
De vendre li fa pena,
Pàu de nen veire fin,
N’en demanda tròu la douzena,
Per lou siéu mouscadin,
Lou veire ben toui lu matin.
          The good “first customer” (3),
                  “first customer”,
Selling distresses her,
[For] fear of seeing [the] end,
She asks too much [for] a dozen,
To her whippersnapper,
To well see him every morning.

4th verse
         Après la fiera,
                  fiera,
Traversa li carriera,
Fen balà lu pendin
Jusque fouora de li barriera,
Per doui siéu mouscadin,
Si fa segre tout lou matin.
          After the fair,
                  fair,
She crosses streets,
Making dance her pendants earring
As far as away from barriers (4),
To her whippersnapper,
She makes her follow all the morning.

1. Amberge: a kind of yellow peach, the flesh of which sticks to the pit.
2. Fai: (from Latin fascis) burden, load.
3. Estrena: doesn’t designate “Christmas box”, but the fact to use (or wear...) something for the first time. Here estrena means the first customer of the day.
4. Barriera: barrier; here tollbar of city toll.

Bibliography
• revue Armanac niçart, Nice, 1903, p. 114.
• revue Nice historique, Nice, n° 1, 1954, p. 29.

 

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