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(The Well)
Traditional song from County of Nice.

1st verse
Un còu, un jouv’ et bèu galan,
Dapé d’un pous si proumenava.
Veniha de cuhi de flour
Per li pourtà au siéu amour. (twice)
 One time, a young and pretty lover,
Near a well was going for a stroll.
He just picked flowers
For bringing them to his love (twice).

2nd verse
Tout à l’entour d’aqueste pous
Li èra ’na peira lèvaïssa.
Lou pèn li venguèt à ’sparà,
Dintre lou pous s’anèt jità. (twice)
 All around this well
There was a drawn stone (1).
His foot slid,
In the well he launched himself. (twice)

3rd verse
Coura siguèt en de davau (2)
Cridav’ : « A Dièu, misericordia,
Cambarada vau à la mouort,
N’atrovi d’aiga fin au couol. » (twice)
 When he was down in the bottom
He shouted: “Farewell, mercy,
Friends, I’m going to death,
I’ve got water up to my neck.” (twice)

4th verse
Aquelu qu’èron d’ençamoun
Sabion plus cen que si faire ;
Li jitèron lou siéu mantèu :
« Cambarada, chape-ti lèu (3). » (twice)
 Those which were at the top
Didn’t know what to do;
They threw him his coat:
“Friend, catch it quickly.” (twice)

5th verse
Coura si trovèt dessamoun,
Auguèt un frei que tremoulava :
« Mena-mi lèu au miéu oustau
Aqui m’escauferai un pau. » (twice)
 When he was up again,
He was cold and shaking:
“Take me quickly to home
There, I’ll warm a little.” (twice)

6th verse
Lou jour d’après, lou bèu galan
Diguèt ensin à la siéu bella :
« Tené, Mïoun (4), aquelli flou.
Per vous mi sièu jità ’n lou pous. (twice)
 The day after, the pretty lover
Told in this way to his belle:
“Take, Mary-Ann, these flowers.
For you, I launched myself in the well. (twice)

7th verse
— En lou pous noun sarias toumbà
Li anessias embé la luna.
La lun’auria fà esclarcità,
En lou pous noun sarias toumbà. » (twice)
 — In the well you wouldn’t fall
If you went with the moon.
The moon would make light,
In the well you wouldn’t fall.” (twice)

8th verse
Ahura farai vout à Dièu
De noun aimà autant li filha (5) :
Mi cau quittà de calignà,
Que sièu sujet à li toumbà. (twice)
 Now I’ll vow to God
Not to love so much the girls:
I’ve to stop to pay court,
Because I prone to fall (6). (twice)

1. I.e. pulled free, out of the ground.
2. In his Dictionnaire français-niçois, Georges Castellana gives the variant: Coura si trouvet dessavau... (When he was at the bottom...).
3. Georges Castellana, ibid., gives the variant: Cambarada, lèu, pita lèu... (Friend, quick, catch quickly...).
4. Manin, Mietta, Mïoun: diminutives for Mary, Mary-Ann. It’s also found the variant Tenè, mignoun’... (Take it, cutie...).
5. Georges Castellana, op. cit., gives the variant: Mi caurà fair’un vout à Diéu | De noun plus parlà à li filha (I’ll have to vow to God | Not to talk to the girls).
6. Li toumbà: play on words “to fall in the well” or “to fall in love”.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 110-111.
• 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 publisher, series “Encyclopædia niciensis – Patrimoine régional”, volume III, 2001, p. 226-227.

• La Belugada, Cants de Provensa e dau païs Nissart, volume 1, 1984.
• Collectage, Nissa vielha, réalisation Nux vomica.


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