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(The Small Man)
Traditional song from County of Nice.

Small men where often the target of jeerings...

« Markos, enlevé par le vent, se rattrape à un fil d’araignée avec lequel, pendant cinq jours et cinq nuits, il opère sa descente du ciel ; un autre est si petit qu’il perce de sa tête un grain de poussière et passe tout entier au travers ; un autre chevauche sur une fourmi, mais elle le désarçonne et le tue d’une ruade, etc.
« On retrouve ces jeux d’esprit chez les Romains ; une épigramme adressée à un nain lui dit : “La peau d’une puce te fait une robe trop large, une fourmi est pour toi un cheval de haute taille, etc.” »
Pierre Saintyves, in Les Contes de Perrault et les Récits parallèles.

 

This tune presents musical analogies with the farandole Carnaval es arrivat and with the round Tanta Jana.

Chorus
Ai un ome qu’es pichoun,
Pouodi ben dire, pouodi ben dire,
Ai un ome qu’es pichoun,
Pouodi ben dire qu’es mignoun.
 I get a man [husband] who is small,
I can say, I can say,
I get a man who is small,
I can say he is cute.

1st verse
D’un pan e miech d’escarlata,
Li fau lou mantèu, la capa.
N’en soubr’ enca’n chicouloun
Per li faire lou capuchoun.
 With a piece and half of scarlet [fabric],
I make him the coat, the cloak.
There’s still a little bit left
To make him the hood.

2nd verse
D’una testa de sardina,
Eu si soupa pi si dina.
N’en soubr’ enca’n mouceloun
Per li faire lou merendoun.
 With the head of a sardine,
He, he has supper then he has dinner.
There’s still a little piece left
To make him the snack.

3rd verse
Coura s’en va a la cassa,
Va da cavau sus ’na limassa.
Coura s’en va au festin,
Va da cavau sus d’un lapin.
 When he goes hunting,
He goes riding a snail.
When he goes to the feast,
He goes riding a rabbit.

4th verse
Lou lapin si met’ a courre,
Lou pichoun pica dòu mourre.
Lou lapin a tròu courrut,
Lou pichin ome s’es perdut.
 The rabbit starts running,
The little man collapses.
The rabbit ran too much,
The little man got lost.

5th verse
Anas dire a la vesina
Qu’estreme li siéu galina,
Que lou miéu ome es sourtit,
Que noun lou piton per aqui.
 Go and say to the neighbouring [woman]
She shuts up her hens,
Because my man came out,
Beware they don’t peck him around there.

6th verse
M’un’ aguia despounchada
Eu si fa sabre e espada.
E n’en rest’ encara proun
Per si faire un couteloun.
 With a blunt needle
He, he makes sabre and sword.
And there’s still enough
To make a small knife.

7th verse
M’una grueia d’avelana
Eu si fa una cabana.
E n’en rest’ encara proun
Per si faire lou fugairoun.
 With a shell of hazel nut
He, he makes a hut.
And there’s still enough
To make the hearth.

8th verse
Emb’ un pan de tela gria
Eu si fa douze camiha.
E n’en rest’ encara proun
Per si faire un pantaloun.
 With a piece of grey cloth
He, he makes a dozen shirts.
And there’s still enough
To make trousers.

One can of course draw a parallel between this text and the childlike song Le Petit Mari (The Small Husband):

Mon père m’a donné un mari,
Mon Dieu ! quel homme, quel petit homme !
Mon père m’a donné un mari,
Mon Dieu ! quel homme, qu’il est petit !

D’une feuille on fit son habit...

Le chat l’a pris pour une souris...

Dans ma paillasse il se perdit...
 My father gave me an husband,
My God! What a man, what a small man!
My father gave me an husband,
My God! What a man, how he is small!

With a leaf one made his clothes...

The cat mistook him for a mouse...

In my straw mattress he got lost...
Bibliography
     • Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 158-159.
     • 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. 222-223.

 
Discography
     • Collectage, Nissa vielha, réalisation Nux vomica.

 

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