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(The May from the street)
Nissart lyrics by Jòrgi Tasso, music by Maurice Adolphe Caruba. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
Cour’ eravan pichin bastart
À Nissa d’avant guerra,
Au tems doun, de Riquié au Var,
Nissa èra nissart,
Ai jou urous dòu mes de mai
Calavan en carriera
Virà, balà e, mai que mai,
Tout venia à tai.
 When we were little bastards
In Nice before the war,
At the time when, from Riquier to Var river,
Nice was itself,
In the happy old days of month of May
We were going down in the streets
To turn, to dance and, more than ever,
Everything was coming just at the right moment.

Au mès de mai
Dòu bouòn vièi tems,
Dei mès de mai
D’ancian printems,
Dòu nouòstre tems dei souvenì
De la jouinessa,
Pau de soucì,
Plen de proumessa,
Si renembran
Dei bei pantai
Que fahiavan
De mai que mai
Au mès de mai.
 In the month of May
From the good old days,
Of the months of May
From old spring times,
Of our time of memories
Of youth,
Few worries,
Lots of promises,
We remember
The sweet dreams
We made
More than ever
In the month of May.

2nd verse
Au bal de cada quartié
La guirlanda fa l’aragna,
Lampioun e drapèu en papié,
Lou bouis es de Cimiès.
Lou gran moutivou en cartoun
Damoun si bressoulàva.
Una jourgina, un pistoun
Per fà balà Nanoun.
 At the dance of each district
The paper chain looks like a spider,
Chinese lanterns and paper flags,
Box tree comes from Cimiez.
The great cardboard pattern
Up there was swaying.
An accordion, a cornet
To make Nanon dance.

3rd verse
De cada riba dòu Paihoun,
Bavastro à San-Sauvestre,
Plaça Rossetti o Beaumoun,
Éra qu’un’ esplousioun.
Lu sarpentèu au bèu mitan
Dòu bal èron lu mestre.
Moun Diéu, urous, coum’ eravan,
Ai nouòstre mai d’antan.
 From each bank of Paillon river,
[From the] Bavastro [street] to Saint-Sylvestre,
Rossetti square or Beaumont [street],
It was only an explosion.
The serpents in the very middle
Of the dance were the masters.
My God, happy, how we were,
At our May of yesteryear.

1. The list of songs convoking pretty Nanon is long: À Cimiès damoun, Bonjour Nanon, Castèu, baloun e limounada, La Rouseta de Nanoun, etc.

• 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. 158-159.


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