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Se canto listen the Midi file for this traditional music tune score of this traditional tune
or Se canta (If it sings)
Traditional from Occitany.

Se canto is a very old popular song, known all over Occitania, traditionally attributed to Gaston III Fébus (Count of Foix, and Viscount of Bearn, 1331-1391). Se canto is an important part of Occitan culture, most Occitan people identify with it. As such this song is often been regarded as the unofficial anthem (1) of all Occitania, most people living in that region know the Occitan lyrics (at least the first verse and chorus), even if they are not native Occitan speakers themselves.

Se canto has an official status in Aran Valley (autonomous Occitan territory, in Spain) with the title Aqueras Montanhas.

1st verse
Se canto, que canto,
Canto pas per iéu,
Canto per ma mio
Qu’es aluen de iéu.
 If it sings, let it sing
It’s not singing for me
It sings for my love
Who’s far away from me.

2nd verse
E souto ma fenestro
I a un auceloun,
Touto la nuech canto,
Canto sa cansoun.
 And outside my window
There is a little bird,
Singing all night,
Singing its song.

(First verse may serve as chorus.)

3rd verse
A la fouònt de Nime
I a un amandié
Que fa de flour blanco
Coume de papié.
 At the fountain of Nîmes
There is an almond tree
Who produces flowers as white
As paper.

4th verse
Aquelei mountagno,
Que tant auto soun,
M’empachon de vèire
Meis amour ounte soun.
 Those mountains
That are so high
Keep me from seeing
Where my love is gone.

5th verse
Bassas-vous mountagno,
Plano aussas-vous,
Per que pouosqui vèire
Meis amour ounte soun.
 Lay down, o mountains,
And rise up, o plains,
So I may see
Where my love is gone.

6th verse
Aquelei mountagno,
Tant s’abaissaran
Que meis amoureto
 Those mountains
Will lay down so low
That my lost love
Will get closer.

1. See also Coupo santo and Nissa la bella.

• La Belugada, Cants de Provensa e dòu païs Nissart, volume 2.
• Corou de Berra, Chants folkloriques de la Côte d’Azur du mois d’août à nos jours, volume 4.
• Flour de Rose, Chants et musiques de Provence à travers les siècles.


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