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Lou Miéu Ae listen the Midi file for this traditional music tune score of this traditional tune
(My Donkey)
Nissart lyrics by Jouan Nicola. Traditional from County of Nice.

There is an non-expurgated version. See also Saucy songs.

1st verse
Ai un ae, o bravi amigui,
Escoutas-mi que lou vous digui,
Despi qu’en faça li a ’na saumetta
Maramau tira plus la caretta.
 I’ve got a donkey, oh! nice friends,
Listen to me as I tell you,
Since across the street there is a she-ass (1)
Maramau pulls no more the cart.

Ai un ae, o bravi gèn,
Escoutas-mi se voulès bèn,
Despi qu’en faça li a ’na saumetta
Maramau tira plus la caretta.
 I’ve got a donkey, oh! nice people,
Listen to me if you want,
Since across the street there is a she-ass
Maramau pulls no more the cart.

Chorus
Maramau li fa hi-a, hi-han, hi-han, hi-han.
An bèn ploure lu còu de bastoun,
Lou miéu ae, lou miéu ae,
An bèn ploure lu còu de bastoun,
Lou miéu ae n’es qu’un gros pelandroun.
 Maramau makes it heehaw! heehaw! heehaw! heehaw!
They can rain, the stick blows,
My donkey, my donkey,
They can rain, the stick blows,
My donkey is only a great lazybones.

2nd verse
Toui lu jour fa la matana.
Coumensa embé li campana,
Parla d’amour à la bella saumetta,
Maramau fa solò de troumbeta.
 Every day it makes scenes.
It begins with the bells (2),
It speaks about love to the pretty she-ass,
Maramau plays [a] trumpet solo.

3rd verse
Per levà tant d’armounia
Un bouon viei m’a di que cauria
Lou purgà au bouioun de cebeta,
Li coupà li siéu doui auriheta.
 To take off such an harmony
A good old man said me it would be necessary
To purge it with an onion stock,
To cut its two little ears.

Last chorus
Maramau noun li fa plus hi-han, hi-han, hi-han.
Es plus brave qu’un pichin moutoun,
Lou miéu ae, lou miéu ae,
Es plus brave qu’un pichin moutoun,
Despi qu’a bèugù lou bouioun !
 Maramau makes it no more heehaw! heehaw! heehaw!
It is nicer than a small sheep,
My donkey, my donkey,
It is nicer than a small sheep,
Since it drank the bouillon!

1. Sauma : beast of burden, saumetta (or saumeta, saumin) : small beast of burden, i.e. foal or she-ass, jenny.
2. The bells ringing the morning angelus, i.e. as soon as matins or dawn.

Bibliography
     • Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the song from Nice), Nice, ed. Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 130-131.
     • Tosan (Albert), Princivalle (Gaël) and d’Hulster (Frédéric), Anthologie de la chanson du comté de Nice (Anthology of the song from County of Nice), Nice, Serre éditeur, series “Encyclopædia niciensis – Patrimoine régional”, vol. III, 2001, p. 172-173.

 

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