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(Pretty Heart)
Traditional from Piedmont.

1st verse
— Die-mi’n pau, bèu galant, bèu jouve,
Doun t’en vas coum’acò ?
— Iéu m’en vau en-là en França
Doun li es la miéu esperança,
Doun li es lou miéu zoli (1) cœur. (twice)
 — Tell me a bit, handsome suitor, pretty young [man],
Where are you going like that?
— I’m going over there in France
Where is my expectation,
Where is my pretty heart. (twice)

2nd verse
Bèu galant es vengut en França,
Sus la plaça si pasejava,
Rescountret una Francesa
Que parlav’à la piemountesa.
— Bèu moussù, baïse-moi (2) bien. (twice)
 [The] pretty wooer has come in France,
On the square he was strolling,
He met a Frenchwoman
Who was speaking like a Piedmontese.
— Good-looking sir, kiss (2) me properly. (twice)

3rd verse
La pilhant per la siéu man blanca
Lou si creise estre lou plus bèu,
E la mena subre la couòla
Doun li es la bell’erba fouòla
E la baia très, quatre cóu. (twice)
 Taking her by the white hand
He thinks being the prettiest,
And he leads her on the hill
Where is the beautiful wild grass
And kisses (2) her three, four times. (twice)

4th verse
— E ahura que m’as ben baiada,
Bèu moussù, tu m’espouseras !
— Es acò que iéu pensavi,
Just’acò que mi pantaiavi
D’espousà lou miéu zoli cœur. (twice)
 — And now you well kissed (2) me,
Handsome sir, you will marry me!
— That’s what I was thinking,
Just what I was dreaming
To marry my pretty heart. (twice)

1. “Joli” (pretty), with a delicious lisp!
2. The French verb for to kiss has nowadays a literally vulgar sense. But its substitute to embrace is for “take in one’s arms”. The Nissart baià means nothing else “to give a kiss”.

• 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. 279.

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


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