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(Rosy was spinning)
Nissart lyrics and music by Joseph Passeron. Traditional from County of Nice.

1st verse
Rouseta filava
Au mitan dòu prat,
E lou fus virava
Sensa s’aresta.
 Rosy was spinning
In the middle of the meadow,
And the spindle was turning
Without stopping.

2nd verse
Rouseta scoutava
Lou merlou cantà,
Ma toujou pensava
Au siéu bèu sourdà.
 Rosy was listening
The blackbird singing,
But always she was thinking
About her handsome soldier.

3rd verse
Rouseta ’sperava,
Lou ciel era blu,
Ma l’oura passava...
E n’es pas vengut !
 Rosy was hoping,
The sky was blue,
But the hour went by...
And he didn’t come!

4th verse
Rouseta plourava,
Adiéu la cansoun !
Lou cougùou cantava
Dins lou gran valoun.
 Rosy was weeping,
Farewell the song!
The cuckoo was warbling
In the small valley.

5th verse
La tiéu coulougneta
Ti counsouolerà.
Noun plourà, filheta,
L’amour revendrà.
 Your small distaff
Will console you.
Don’t cry, little girl,
Love will come back.

• Delrieu (Georges), Anthologie de la chanson niçoise (Anthology of the Song from Nice), Nice, publisher Delrieu & Co, 1960, p. 140.
• 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. 238.

• La Belugada, Cants de Provensa e dau païs Nissart, volume 1, 1984.


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