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Je suis triste, je m'inquiète

Language: French (Français)

Je suis triste, je m'inquiète,
Je ne sais plus que devenir!
Mon bon ami devait venir,
Et je l'attends ici seulette.
Haï luli! Haï luli! Haï luli!
Ah, qu'il fait triste sans mon ami.

Hélas! je languis dans l'attente,
Et l'ingrat se plaît loin de moi!
Peut-être il me manque de foi
Auprès d'un nouvelle amante!
Haï luli! Haï luli! Haï luli!
Aurais-je perdu, perdu mon ami?

Ah! s'il est vrai; s'il est vrai qu'il soit volage,
S'il doit un jour m'abandonner,
Le village n'a quà brûler
Et moi-même avec le village!
Haï luli! Haï luli! Haï luli!
À quoi bon vivre sans ami?

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (David Bamberger) , title 1: "Hai luli", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2016-03-26 20:20:25
Line count: 18
Word count: 104

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Hai luli

Language: English after the French (Français)

I am sad, I am troubled,
I no longer know what will happen!
My lover ought to come,
And I await him here alone.
Hai luli [untranslatable: a sad "tra la"]
Ah! how said it is without my love.

Alas, I languish in waiting,
And the ingrate enjoys himself far from me!
Perhaps he betrays his oath to me
Beside a new lover.
Hai luli!
Could I have lost my love?

Ah! if it is true;  if it is true that he is faithless,
If one day he should abandon me,
The only thing is for the village to burn
And myself with the village.
Hai luli!
What use is it to live without my love?

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Xavier de Maistre, Comte (1763 - 1852), no title, written 1825?, appears in Les Prisonniers du Caucase, Paris, Éd. Dondey-Dupré père et fils, Ponthieu libraire, first published 1825
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Arthur Coquard, Pauline Viardot-García. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:19
Line count: 18
Word count: 116