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(The Song for Nice)
Nissart lyrics by Georges Delrieu, music by Sander Hyams. Traditional from County of Nice.

The French original lyrics by Théo Martin are not reproduced here. The text given corresponds to the literal translation from the version in Nissart.

1st verse
Lou perfum aspre, fouort,
Dai pin e de l’arena
E l’escourcha que mena
Tra li flou dai tièu ouort,
Lou carreirôu qu’esquissa
Doui fila de maioun,
Un rouge coutihoun.
Siès tout ensèn, o Nissa !
 The perfume pungent, strong,
Of the pines and the sand
And the short cut leading
Through flowers of your gardens,
The streets that are crushed by
Two rows of houses,
A red petticoat.
You are all of that, o! Nice!

Nissa, lou tièu noum de vitoria
Traluse dins lou mound’entié.
Nissa, nouostre pensié,
Jilous, garda ta gloria,
Nissa, terraire d’allegria,
De souléu, de cansoun, de fiha,
Terraire d’amour, de bèutà,
Nissa, per tu vouoli cantà.
 Nice, your name of victory (1)
Gleams in the whole world.
Nice, our thought,
Jealous, keeps your glory,
Nice land of elation,
Of sun, of songs, of girls,
Land of love, of beauty,
Nice, for you I want to sing.

2nd verse
Au mitan d’òulivié :
La maioun de maigrana ;
Un bousin de campana
Tourdouleant, laugié ;
Un gai refrèn que s’issa,
Capelina, cairéu,
Viroulant au souléu ;
Siès tout ensèn, o Nissa.
 In the middle of the olive trees:
The house of grandmother;
A country noise
Flitting, light;
A merry chorus rising,
Capelina, cairéu,
Swirling in the sun;
You are all of that, o! Nice!

1. See also Innou Seguran.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 18-19.


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