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Au clair de la lune

Language: French (Français)

Au clair de la lune,
Mon ami Pierrot,
Prête-moi ta plume,
Pour écrire un mot;
Ma chandelle est morte,
Je n'ai plus de feu
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour l'amour de Dieu.

Au clair de la lune,
Pierrot répondit:
Je n'ai pas de plume,
Je suis dans mon lit.
Va chez la voisine,
Je crois qu'elle y est;
Car dans sa cuisine
On bat le briquet.

Au clair de la lune, 
L'aimable Lubin,
Frappe chez la brune
Ell' répond soudain:
Qui frapp' de la sorte?
Il dit à son tour:
Ouvre-moi ta porte
Pour le dieu d'amour.

Au clair de la lune,
On n'y voit qu'un peu,
On cherche la plume,
On cherche du feu.
En cherchant d'la sorte
Je n'saisc'qu'on trouva:
Mais j'sais que la porte
Sur eux se ferma.

Translation(s): ENG GER SPA

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Ingrid Schmithüsen) , "Bei Mondenschein", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:16

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By the light of the moon

Language: English after the French (Français)

By the light of the moon,
My friend Pierrot,
Lend me your pen
To write a word;
My candle is out,
I have no more fire,
Open your door for me
For the love of God.

By the light of the moon,
Pierrot replied:
“I do not have a pen,
I am in my bed.
Go to the neighbor's,
I think that she is there;
For in her kitchen
She is [making a fire]."

By the light of the moon
Friendly Lubin
Knocked at the brunette's [house],
She answered suddenly:
“Who is knocking?"
He said in turn:
“Open your door for me
For the love of God.”

By the light of the moon,
One could not see but a little,
One looks for a pen,
One looks for a flame.
In searching for them
I do not know what [they] found
But I know that the door
[Was] closed in front of them.

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Translations of title(s):
"Au clair de la lune" = "By the light of the moon"
"Pierrot" = "Pierrot"


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