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8 Mélodies du chêne vert

Word count: 91

Song Cycle by Nicolas de Séménow (1835 - 1881)

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?. La séguidille [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: French (Français)


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Un jupon serré sur les hanches,
Un peigne énorme à son chignon,
Jambe nerveuse et pied mignon,
Œil de feu, teint pâle et dents blanches :
          Alza ! olà !
La véritable Manola1.

Gestes hardis, libre parole,
Sel et piment à pleine main,
Oubli parfait du lendemain,
Amour fantasque et grâce folle :
          Alza ! olà !
La véritable Manola.

Chanter, danser aux castagnettes,
Et, dans les courses de taureaux,
Juger les coups des toreros,
Tout en fumant des cigarettes :
          Alza ! olà !
La véritable Manola.

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1 Spanish word meaning "lively Spanish working-girl"

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