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(Long live the stockfish!)
Nissart lyrics by François-Dominique Rondelly, known as Menica Rondelly. Traditional from County of Nice.
Tune Lou Festin dei verna.

1st verse
Canti toujou lou miéu païs,
L’amour e la jouinessa,
Li flou, la mar, lou paradis,
Lou vin e l’allegressa.
 I always sing my country,
Love and youth,
Flowers, the sea, the paradise,
Wine and elation.

Chorus 1
Vouoli ancuei
Cantà lou pichoun pei
Que de Nourvegia lou renoum
Si fa sentì fin a Paioun. (twice)
Cantà lou plat ric
Dòu bouon estocafic !
Dòu bouon, dòu bouon,
Dòu bouon estocafic !
 I want today
Sing the small fish
Whose, from Norway, renown
Is revealed up to Paillon (1). (twice)
Sing the rich meal
Of the good stockfish!
Of the good, of the good,
Of the good stockfish!

2nd verse
Coura lou gran diéu Jupiter
Calèt sus la Terra
Per regalà lu rei d’infer,
Diguet embé preguiera :
 When the great Jupiter
Went down on Earth
To regale kings of Hell,
He said fervently:

Chorus 2
« Ti vòu pagà
A l’oste dòu coustà
Una douzena de pourcioun
D’aquèu bouon plat de Paioun. (twice)
En buvent de Bellet,
Ti lequeras lu det !
Ti le, ti le,
Ti lequeras lu det ! »
 “I’m going to buy you
At the inn beside
A dozen of portions
Of this good meal from Paillon. (twice)
When driking some Bellet (2),
You will lick your fingers!
You’ll lick, you’ll lick,
You will lick your fingers!”

3rd verse
Dòu gran palai au bèu moulin,
Castèu, maioun, taniera,
Ouvrié, moussù e vicountin,
Cadun a sa maniera,
 From the great palace to the beautiful mill,
Castle, house, lair,
Worker, gentleman and viscount,
Everybody in his own way,

Chorus 3
Sensa fassoun,
S’en van au cabanoun
Per s’amusà, si regalà,
L’estocafic van manjà, (twice)
Pilhà pèu e peleta,
Cantà la cansouneta,
Cantà, cantà,
Cantà la cansouneta.
 Without fuss,
Are going to the small country cottage
To play, to have a delicious meal,
The stockfish they are going to eat, (twice)
To get drunk (3),
To sing the ditty,
To sing, to sing,
To sing the ditty.

4th verse
Lou siéu òudou, parfum dei diéu,
Acò sensa malicia,
Farà toujou l’iver, l’estiéu
De l’ome la delicia.
 Its smell, perfume of the gods,
This without mischievousness,
Will always make in winter, in summer
For man the delight.

Chorus 4
D’oli li cau
Touplen e d’aquèu nòu ;
Oliva, seba, doui pebroun,
Toumati, pebre, aïetoun. (twice)
Budèu e de tantifla
Per si gounflà li gnifla,
Per si, per si,
Per si gounflà li gnifla.
 Oil (4) it needs
A lot and new one;
Olives, onions, two capsicums,
Tomatoes, pepper, garlic. (twice)
Guts and potatoes
To puff out the cheeks,
To puff, to puff,
To puff out the cheeks.

5th verse
Coura lou couor demanderà
De chanjà de dounada,
Doui o tré buì fe li pilha
En la casseroulada.
 When the heart will need
To change of element,
Two or three bubbles let it take
In the saucepan.

Chorus 5
Pi, planplanin,
D’oli, d’aquèu bèu fin,
Noun oublidès de fà calà
E toujou ben reventoulà. (twice)
Coura sera poumada,
Aures la gran branlada,
Aures, aures,
Aures la gran branlada.
 Then, slowly,
Oil, top-quality one,
Don’t forget to let flow
And always well stir. (twice)
When this will be cream,
You will get the great brandade,
You’ll get, you’ll get,
You will get the great brandade.

6th verse
A bas toui lu pu gran fricò,
Viva l’estocafic !
Que dòu Nissart lou ecòu
Es plat favourit.
 Down with all the greatest foods,
Long live the stockfish!
That, for native of Nice,
Is [the] favourite meal.

Chorus 6
O bouoni gent,
Bouonjou, pourtavous ben.
Anàs toujou au cabanoun
Manjà lou plat de renoum. (twice)
Sigues toujou unit.
Viva l’estocafic !
Viva ! Viva !
Viva l’estocafic !
 Oh! Ye people,
Hello, be well.
Let always go to the small country cottage
To eat the renowned meal. (twice)
Let always be close.
Long live the stockfish!
Long live! Long live!
Long live the stockfish!

1. The Paillon is a river running across Nice. See also Nissa la bella.
2. The AOC wine classification from the County of Nice. See also La Miéu Bella Nissa.
3. The expression pilhà la peleta means literally “to take the skin”.
4. Olive oil, of course!

Bibliography
     • 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 éditeur, series “Encyclopædia niciensis – Patrimoine régional”, vol. III, 2001, p. 273.

 

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